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FBI Academy course enhances community law enforcement     Send a link to a friend

From Lincoln Police Chief Richard Montcalm

[APRIL 5, 2004]  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

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