Po­lice chief, sergeant grad­u­ate from FBI pro­gram

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

LOWER POTTS­GROVE » While high school and col­lege stu­dents cel­e­brated grad­u­a­tions last month, po­lice were cel­e­brat­ing a grad­u­a­tion of their own.

Lower Potts­grove po­lice Chief Michael Foltz and De­tec­tive Sgt. Joseph Camp­bell grad­u­ated from the Mid-At­lantic Law En­force­ment Ex­ec­u­tive De­vel­op­ment Sem­i­nar. The grad­u­a­tion, which took place in Prince­ton, N.J., on June 16, con­cluded the 25th ses­sion of the pro­gram and con­sisted of 60 men and women from law en­force­ment agen­cies in New Jer­sey, New York and Penn­syl­va­nia.

The Mid-At­lantic Law En­force­ment Ex­ec­u­tive De­vel­op­ment Sem­i­nar is one of 26 re­gional FBI com­mand col­leges. The pro­gram is ex­tremely se­lec­tive and is by in­vi­ta­tion only through a rig­or­ous ap­pli­ca­tion se­lec­tion process. The pro­gram is aimed at in­struct­ing po­lice chiefs and ex­ec­u­tives on deal­ing with many is­sues that face of­fi­cers on the job. It is con­sid­ered one of the pre­mier se­lec­tive law en­force­ment lead­er­ship train­ing pro­grams in the coun­try.

“While we pride our­selves on our high level ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram, the MALEEDS Ex­ec­u­tive Board also pro­vides nightly net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­tinue the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence out­side of the class­room and en­cour­ages our at­ten­dees to foster re­la­tion­ships that will al­low them to bet­ter them­selves and their agen­cies,” said MALEEDS Pres­i­dent Chuck Davall, Jr.

Once grad­u­ates have com­pleted the pro­gram, they be­come part of a larger FBI- Law En­force­ment Ex­ec­u­tive De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion group that pro­vides train­ing to of­fi­cers through­out the year and has a train­ing con­fer­ence each spring.

The pro­gram is co-spon­sored by the Ne­wark, New York, and Philadel­phia Di­vi­sions of the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI), along with ac­tive and re­tired law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from the for­mer Prince­ton Bor­ough (NJ) and the Prince­ton Town­ship (NJ) Po­lice De­part­ments, the Prince­ton Univer­sity (NJ) Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety, and the River Vale (NJ) Po­lice Depart­ment.

“We are ex­tremely pleased with the suc­cess and de­vel­op­ment of

Mid-At­lantic LEEDS and we will strive to con­tinue to bring the best ex­ec­u­tive level train­ing and net­work­ing to law en­force­ment ex­ec­u­tives from the tri-state area,” said John DeVoe, a De­tec­tive Sergeant with the River Vale Po­lice Depart­ment who is a mem­ber of the MALEEDS Ex­ec­u­tive Board.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, visit www. MALEEDS.org.

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