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The Escondido Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Lt. Craig Carter from the P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training) Law Enforcement Command College Class #51.  Lt. Carter graduated on September 7, 2012.

The Law Enforcement Command College is an 18-month program designed to prepare law enforcement leaders of today for the challenges of the future. The program focuses on:

  • Leadership principles needed to influence the future direction of the organization
  • Strategies to identify emerging issues and provide a proactive response
  • Skills and knowledge necessary to anticipate and prepare for the future
  • Methods and benefits of sharing information
  • Use of stakeholders in problem solving

The primary goal of the Command College is to provide an enhanced leadership course with a futures perspective to prepare the law enforcement leaders of today to lead into the future. The program has an emphasis on adult learning theories, placing accountability and responsibility on the student.

Involvement in community and professional activities, an understanding of the dynamics of leadership, an understanding of issues and concerns facing the future of California law enforcement, letters of reference attesting to the applicant's leadership abilities, and knowledge of computers at the word processing level are minimum requirements for participation in the Command College.

The Command College is the premier futures-based executive development program in the nation. Since 1984, it has graduated hundreds of mid-career law enforcement managers, many of whom have become the core of police leadership in California. You will find Command College alumni in executive positions in many agencies throughout the State, and also in leadership positions in statewide associations acting on behalf of the profession. The thread holding it all together is a focus on the future; the opportunities and issues on the emerging.

Through the course of the Command College, the student will be required to complete a series of reports, letters and similar documents as evidence of their learning. The sum of these research reports will be contained in the student’s Futures Portfolio. The Futures Portfolio is required for all students, and it will demonstrate their understanding and application of skills, knowledge and abilities in the three core areas of emphasis of the Command College:

  • Futuring and Strategic Foresight – the skills and tools necessary to scan the organizational, transactional and global environment for the trends and events that may impact law enforcement, and then how to form strategies to capitalize on opportunities and deflect obstacles to achieve organizational and community success
  • Executive development – the concepts, skills and tools used by individuals and organizations to create strategic plans and then enact them in an organizational setting. These skills include strategic planning, transition management, leadership, employee development and management and related skills
  • Systems, Design and Innovation – these constructs underpin the way organizations interact and react to their environment, and also provide a framework to think beyond current norms to develop creative solutions and innovative approaches to chronic problems

Lt. Carter’s future’s study covered reducing juvenile crime through the use of prevention and partnerships with the community and community based organizations.  The concepts of Lt. Carter’s study have been evidenced in his work at the Escondido Police Department in a variety of assignments.

Lt. Carter said, “The command College experience was rewarding and difficult at the same time. During the entire 18 months, we were introduced to the highest caliber of instructors from the private sector with an emphasis being placed on “Future issues”. The leadership aspect of the training will be very useful as I proceed through my career in law enforcement.”

Lt. Carter’s dedication to the program and the Escondido Police Department should be commended.  The Command College is known for its academic rigor and enjoys an exemplary reputation for being one of the finest advanced officer training programs in existence.  The department is proud of Lt. Carter and his accomplishment.

This press release was prepared by Lt. Chris Wynn #289.

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