FBI Academy course enhances community
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From Lincoln Police Chief Richard Montcalm
I would like to thank the
Lincoln City Council for allowing me to attend the FBI National
Academy. The experience will allow our department to grow in the
future and enable us to utilize the resources to address the
challenges that will occur in the field of law enforcement. I had
the opportunity to have some of the best instruction in the many
difficult areas in law enforcement.
The instruction included Management
Budgeting, taught by Vernon Harry, who teaches all over the United
States. He explained where our budgets have come from and where we
should be looking in the future to better serve the community.
We also had the opportunity to have
Elliott Brown, who is in the top administration with the attorney
general of the United States. He explained to us the ins and outs
about applying for grants. This course was very long and met
numerous times every week but was very informative and challenging.
The next instruction was Media in
Today's Society. Penny Parrish, who also has outstanding
credentials, taught this course. Penny brought in executives from
CNN and USA Today to instruct us on how the media works and why they
are very important. We also had the opportunity to speak with the
lead agencies about their sniper cases and how they handled the
media at a very difficult time.
The next course was the Community
Policing Course, which enabled the entire class to express their
pitfalls and successes in today's community policing efforts. The
course made me feel very at ease, realizing that our community is on
the right track with our efforts and exceeded many other agencies,
although we have a long way to go (you don't have time to sit back
and see where you have been, because the rest of the world will pass
you by). I received numerous ideas to help our community.
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The last two courses were Legal Issues
and Forensics, which dealt with current issues in the field of law
enforcement in their respective areas and how to prepare the
department for them.
While at the academy, I had the
opportunity to network with departments from all over the United
States and get their views on issues that we are facing in our
community. Every community, whether they are very large or very
small, has very similar issues and handles them very much in the
same manner. While at the academy, I have made some very good
contacts and look forward to utilizing them in the upcoming years to
assist the city of Lincoln and the community we serve.
Richard A. Montcalm,
Chief of Police