Chief Completes Executive Leadership Program

Apache Junction Police Department Chief Thomas E. Kelly completed phase 2 of the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

The LEEDS program was conceived and developed for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies. This program began in 1981 and has graduated more than 1,300 chief law enforcement executives.

The program enables participants to reflect upon and regroup for the many challenges facing their careers. Executives are provided with instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor relations, media relations, social issues, PTS, health and wellness and a variety of other police related programs. The environment of the seminar is conducive to independent thought and study. Participants have the opportunity to exchange plans, problems and solutions with their peers; develop new thoughts and ideas and share successes of their own communities. The interaction among the executives is worthwhile for them, as well; some of the most productive learning takes place outside of the classroom during informal interactions.

Chief Kelly remarked, “This training was an in depth program dealing with many of the complex law enforcement issues facing us today. The instructors were nationally and internationally known experts in their fields and were readily available to interact with the most controversial topics of the day. Health and wellness for today’s law enforcement professionals was of great interest as we dealt with conversations ranging from basic physical fitness, post-traumatic stress to suicide. The bureau’s coordination and attentiveness to making this program a national success was noted by all of the chiefs from across the country, job well done!”

The program was divided into two separate venues. The first phase was held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, March 2018, followed by phase 2, in Charlottesville, VA, July 29 through August 2, 2018. All expenses in this executive training were paid for by the FBI, including travel and lodging, and were at no cost to the City of Apache Junction.

Photo above: Chief Thomas Kelly accepts his certificate from FBI Training Division Unit Chief Joseph Garbato, on Thursday August 2, 2018

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