THE POLICE CHIEF Volume: 76 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2009 Pages: 30-33
This article presents a descriptive overview of the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program offering enhanced leadership skills.
In response to the overwhelming success of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) established in 1987, the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program was designed in 1996 as a graduate-level experience, extending leadership and management training to chiefs, sheriffs, State patrol command officers, and other high-ranking command officers. To date, 221 law enforcement professionals have attended the 14-month program. Selection into the program is based on experience, formal education, continuing education, and professional-related experience. Individual modules contained in the program include: ethics; vision, mission, and guiding principles; human resources and team facilitation; strategic planning; change management; managing and leading the external environment; interpersonal skills; and police resource allocation and budgeting. Upon completion of the modules, participants must demonstrate their competence by completing an individualized PowerPoint capstone project, using the principles learned from the eight modules to resolve a situation or a problem area in their own agencies. Recertification is another aspect of the CLEE program, which is required every 3 years. The recertification process encourages participants to seek opportunities for continuing education and examine their roles in the organizations they lead and the communities they serve.
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