By Frank Lewis
Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware believes in continuing education when it comes to doing your job on the Portsmouth Police Department. So he is enrolling his staff in programs that help with management skills and further their knowledge of the latest trends in law enforcement.
Ware will soon receive his masters degree in Criminal Justice, and has future plans for more training at the highest level at the FBI Training Academy. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Its mission is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.”
Ware recently completed a 15-month course, titled CLEE — or Certified Law Enforcement Executive. Now he’s making sure those on his staff are also advancing their education and skills.
“I’ve got (Captain) Lynn Brewer enrolled in that CLEE class that I just went through,” Ware said. “What my hopes are is that as people are accepted to CLEE I’m going to have them start their National Academy application. Lynn is in CLEE now. I have four other supervisors who are putting in their PELC (Police Executive Leadership College) applications. PELC is a mid-level manager’s course.”
Ware said there is a reason for his protocol.
“What I’m trying to do is raise the bar on training around here,” Ware said. “to give people, especially the supervisors and mid-level managers the ability to do strategic planning; budgeting and resource allocation. The things you really need to do as you progress up the ladder, so that the next time we have a series of promotions those people are prepared to do the next job instead of getting promoted and then trying to catch up and learn how to do their job the best way possible.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.