The Leadership Council of the Beverly Hills, CA (pop.34,941) Police Department recently launched a Departmental education program known as Leadership Education and Development (LEAD). Due to anticipated retirements of supervisory and management personnel the LEAD Program has placed its initial focus on the promotional process.
On November 30, 2004, Police Chief David Snowden and his executive staff presented a training session spotlighting preparation for the promotional process and future career development. The in-house seminar was a huge success with over half of Department personnel attending the three hour event.
In the near future the LEAD Program will commence presentations in numerous areas of career development and skills enhancement for all Department personnel with a short range goal of opening up the training to all city staff. Future training topics will include leadership development, career planning, retirement planning and a course on advanced supervisory skills.
The aim of the program is to maintain in-house instruction in an effort to develop leadership among Department employees; however, in some instances outside instructors will be used.
On the surface the LEAD program is educational in nature; however, just below the surface the program is also the genesis of a professional mentoring program, as well as a succession planning mechanism.
Although the LEAD Program is brand new, the Beverly Hills Police Department anticipates a long life for this professional development program.
For more information visit www.beverlyhills.org.
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