April 2, 2013

VSU Hosts Chiefs of Police Executive Training Series

Lt. Tim Yorkey leads a class on performance management during the Chiefs of Police Executive Training Series, held from Tuesday, March 26 to Thursday, March 28 at Valdosta State University.

VALDOSTA – Police chiefs from law enforcement agencies throughout the state gathered at Valdosta State University for a three-day Chiefs of Police Executive Training Series from Tuesday, March 26 to Thursday, March 28. Hosted by Lt. Tim Yorkey, VSU’s law enforcement training specialist, and the Center for Applied Social Sciences, the series provided 24 hours of training in various areas of law enforcement administration.

“Chiefs of police are required to receive 20 hours of executive level training per year as required by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, which certifies and regulates standards for all persons serving in that capacity,” said Yorkey. “This regional training is provided in addition to the required hours to ensure our area law enforcement executives and command level officers have an opportunity to receive quality training.  The training is free and provides a central location where agencies can send officers.  It reduces or eliminates costly travel expenses and in many cases, allows for officers to be close to his/her jurisdictions and home.”

The series included four classes: Development a Risk Management Approach for Law Enforcement Administrators, Leading the Generations to Success, Performance Management and Employee Discipline and Administrative Response Strategies.

The training series was developed by Yorkey and Dr. Darrell Ross, director of the Center for Applied Social Sciences, three years ago, after determining that there was a lack of advanced level training for agencies in the southern region of Georgia.

“The training brought participants from the southern Atlanta area, Middle Georgia, Cordele and our surrounding local counties,” said Yorkey.

He added that command level officers from Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office also attended.

“This type of outreach program not only benefits our regional law enforcement officers by providing quality training,” said Yorkey. “It allows Valdosta State University to fulfill its mission to our region and meet the needs of our community.”

For more information about the training, contact Yorkey at (229) 219-1276 or teyorkey@valdosta.edu .