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The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: A Bellwether for Leadership Training in Florida L eadership training is one of the consistently identified needs in law enforcement training. Trends emerge and issues develop; however, without trained leaders, a criminal justice agency not only can falter, but can actually fail. When responsible for safeguarding citizens, their property, and their constitutional rights, failure is simply unacceptable. The state of Florida and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI) have pioneered leadership training for criminal justice executives and have, over the past 20 years, developed a model for other states to follow. Those members designated by statute assume the position on the policy board by virtue of appointment to their respective positions. The remaining eight members are approved by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and serve two-year terms. The policy board assesses the programs that are delivered by staff and provides advice for changes and adjustments to the curriculum. The mission of the FCJEI is to deliver executive-level education to Florida criminal justice executives, conduct research involving emerging trends and issues, and deliver seminars and workshops to criminal justice professionals. According to Walter McNeil, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, a member of the FCJEI Policy Board, and the first vice president of the IACP, one of the benefits of the FCJEI model involves having representatives of different disciplines participating and networking with each other to address common issues.4 To accomplish this mission, programs are developed and delivered to four levels: chiefs, sheriffs and the immediate adjutants within the agencies, middle managers, and first-line supervisors and criminal justice practitioners. According to Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association, the classes are tailored to the needs of the leaders at every level of the organization, which, in turn, creates a natural progression of leadership skills and success for the organization and the community.5 The information that first-line supervisors need to do their jobs is different from the information that captains or majors need because the demands placed on the leaders are different at each level. Dennis Jones, chief of the Tallahassee, Florida, Police Department, a member of the FCJEI policy board, and the third vice president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, noted that the programs foster a training environment, a study of best practices, and networking that is beneficial for command staff–level officers.6 • The Chief Executive Seminar is a three-week program for chiefs, sheriffs, and their immediate adjutants that focuses on an organized study of the future, organizational realities, and the challenges that come with being the chief executive officer of a criminal justice agency. Each delivery hosts approximately 25 participants. Class number 43 graduated in April 2010. • The Future Studies Program and the Senior Leadership Program are fourand seven-weeks, respectively. These programs are for middle managers who are expected to rise in the ranks, and participation must be endorsed by the chief executive officer. These programs By David Brand, Internal Affairs Commander (Retired), Tallahassee, Florida, Police Department; and Director, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Mission FCJEI Development In 1989, an advisory committee, appointed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, was impaneled to guide the development and delivery of external training to criminal justice agencies. This committee comprised three sheriffs and three police chiefs. By the fall of 1989, the committee had the endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association Executive Committee and the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. With the support of these groups, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute was created by the 1990 Florida legislature “for the purpose of providing such training as is deemed necessary to prepare the state’s present and future criminal justice executives to deal with the complex issues facing the state.”1 According to James D. Sewell, retired assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the first director of the FCJEI, five key decisions were made to provide direction for program delivery. 1. The institute should always utilize a cutting-edge faculty. 2. The institute should focus on classroom and after-hours discussions that would challenge the participants. 18 THE POLICE CHIEF/NOVEMBER 2010 3. Use of an interdisciplinary approach should include all of the criminal justice professions, including law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary, medical examiners, prosecutors, and public defenders. 4. Participants should recognize that because the curriculum should always be “futures” oriented, it should be considered a work in progress tailored to the changing needs of the criminal justice system. 5. The programs should always be focused on the educational process—not simply training—and should involve a commitment from the participants, the faculty, and the staff.2 Authority and Direction Florida Statute § 943.1755 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 11K–1.003 provide the legal authority that support the mission and actions of the FCJEI.3 The governing statute places the institute under the administrative control of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and creates a policy board comprising the following 12 members: • The executive director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement • The secretary of corrections • The commissioner of education or an employee of the Department of Education, designated by the commissioner • The secretary of juvenile justice • Three chiefs of municipal police departments nominated by the Florida Police Chiefs Association • Three sheriffs nominated by the Florida Sheriffs Association • A county jail administrator nominated by the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Association of Counties • A representative nominated by the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Police Chief - November 2010

The Police Chief - November 2010
President’s Message: The Year Ahead
Legislative Alert: Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Sustain Federal Government
IACP Foundation: Law Enforcement Leaders Learn, with a Corporate Twist
Chief’s Counsel: Legal Training and Concerns for Conducted Energy Weapons
Advances & Applications
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: A Bellwether for Leadership Training in Florida
Training for Face-to-Face Encounters
Beyond Survival toward Officer Wellness (BeSTOW): Targeting Law Enforcement Training
New Members
Product Update
Transforming a Police Agency by Connecting Training, Performance, and Assessment to Promotion
The Field Training Experience: Perspectives of Field Training Officers and Trainees
Tips for Training with a Firearms Simulator
Survey: The Status of Field Training
Nine-Week Army Program Provides Civilian Police Force Training
Educational Programs for Fusion Center Directors
Training and Tools to Serve the Line Officer
Technology Talk
Index to Advertisers
Highway Safety Initiatives

The Police Chief - November 2010