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1 July 2005

JSU to Present Workshop for Police Chiefs July 14-15

Randy Wilson
News Bureau

Jacksonville State University's Department of Continuing Education is hosting a two-day workshop for Alabama police chiefs at the McClellan Center on July 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The first session will feature training on media relations and news interviews. The second session is titled Dealing Effectively with the External Environment. The lead instructor will be Tom Jennings.

The workshop is a component of the University Partnership in Alabama Continuing Education (UPACE). UPACE is a partnership between JSU, Troy University-Dothan, and the University of North Alabama.

Workshop participants may earn credits toward the Certification of Law Enforcement Executive Program. CLEEP is a program designed to maintain educational standards for police chiefs.

"The workshop is for police chiefs all across the state," said Ann M. Wells, director of continuing education at JSU. "Currently more than 500 police chiefs participate in the program."

CLEEP consists of four levels of achievement. A participate earns the Certificate of Police Management after achieving 40 hours of credit. Level two is awarded after 80 hours, and level three is awarded after 160 hours are earned. The advanced level is achieved after 240 hours are earned. Certificates and pins are awarded as each level is achieved.

At least five Alabama police chiefs have earned their advanced certificate.

The curriculum presented at the workshops was developed in cooperation with the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police. The AACOP indicates training needs and UPACE coordinates the training at the partnership universities.

"I think the CLLEP program is an excellent way to meet critical training needs," said Tommy Thompson, Jacksonville police chief. "The skills that each chief attains are helping to enhance each respective department."

For more information, contact JSU's continuing education program at 782-5918.

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