COLUMBUS — The first “Public Safety Leadership Academy” class graduated 30 law enforcement leaders today after 11 weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to agencies by using casino tax revenue that was distributed to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services for the purpose of supporting law enforcement training efforts.

During Fridays’s ceremony, Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety and Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent provided remarks and Mark Weaver, President and Founder of Communications Counsel, Inc., addressed the graduates.
“Investing in Ohio’s future leaders is critical to the safety and security of our state,” said Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “The Public Safety Leadership Academy is an investment in Ohio’s law enforcement leaders so they may go forward in their careers and continue to lead others.”

Local graduates included Chief Clifford Bigler, Utica Police Department; and Chief Nick Garver, Frazeysburg Police Department.
Graduates received 10 semester hours of academic credit, along with a certificate in Senior Leadership through The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The specialized curriculum completed by the graduates was part of a carefully managed course with content in the areas of leadership and ethics; interpersonal and organizational communication; public management; organizational culture and ethics; human resources management; budgeting; and organizational behavior in law enforcement.

In addition, graduates also attended enrichment nights, which were executive level development seminars presented by distinguished speakers from both the government and private sector, on such topics as leadership lessons learned while under adverse conditions, inspiration and courage and stress management.

Graduates spent a week in Washington D.C. attending the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum law enforcement course, learning about various leadership styles from Marine Corp Base instructors and visiting other important sites that helped shape our Nation’s leaders.

As part of a community outreach effort, graduates spent time volunteering with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, passing out food and loading trucks. They also volunteered time with Lower Lights Ministries working with children in the Franklinton area of Columbus, working on houses and serving dinner at Rachel’s House.



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