Conference Spotlight: Smaller Agency Certificate Track

The Smaller Agency Certificate Track is one of the best ways for law enforcement officials to share information with similarly sized agencies at IACP 2012 in San Diego, September 29-October 3.

Designed for departments serving populations of 50,000 or fewer, these sessions include peer educators and subject-matter experts focusing on a number of topics such as department leadership and community response strategies.

In this week’s conference spotlight, the IACP is featuring three workshops open to anyone interested in executive-level management.

Colonel (Retired) Julia Grimes

Col. (Retired) Julia Grimes

1. As many know, organizational culture is often the determining factor in the critical decisions made by law enforcement. The session, Building an Ethical Culture for Your Agency, will focus on positively shaping department culture for the decision-making process. This workshop will be presented by Julia Grimes, colonel (retired), Alaska State Troopers; and Mitch Weinzetl, chief, Buffalo, Minnesota, Police Department.

Chief Louis Dekmar

Chief Louis Dekmar

2. Leadership and Liability: We Ain’t Just Talking Lawsuits will highlight a major concern for every chief: liability. Outlining key areas, this session is aimed to improve leadership actions when liability extends beyond civil issues and into the criminal and political realm. This workshop will be presented by Lou Deckmar, chief, LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department. 

Chief Mitch Weinzetl

Chief Mitch Weinzetl

3. Lastly, Chief Weinzetl will be presenting 8-, 10-, or 12- Hour Shift? Reducing Overtime through Schedule Design: Solutions for Small Agencies will expose attendees to various work rotations that can be implemented while complying with Federal Labor Standards Act rules and guidelines. This informational session also will include a tutorial on a free, Excel-based work schedule designed to facilitate leadership in planning.

These sessions undoubtedly provide realistic, innovative strategies for smaller agencies and wonderful opportunities to network with other professionals. Anyone interested in learning about management and contemporary issues such as cyberbullying should stop by the Smaller Agency Certificate Track sessions in Room 6F.

For information, email Ben Ekelund or call 800-843-4227, extension 844.

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