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Chief Completes Law Enforcement Program

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For Immediate Release

From:   Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police
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As a new graduate of the 14-month Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program, Chief Mark Ernst of St. Marys PD, recently reached a high level of professional accomplishment.  Chief Ernst was one of 34 CLEE's who was honored at their graduation luncheon at the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington in Worthington on February 12, 2016.

The ceremonies celebrated the completion of study in a unique course co-sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.  A special thanks and recognition to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for their generous grant which supported CLEE XX.  The instructors include noted faculty members at universities across the Midwest and consultants to business and industry.

Participants were selected for the program by meeting set standards in experience, formal and continuing education, as well as professional-related experience.  For more than a year, they received instruction in modules concerned with ethics; change management; interpersonal skills; vision, mission and guiding principles; strategic planning; external environmental management; and resource allocation and budgeting.  Graduates of CLEE have demonstrated their mastery of these modules through written examinations and papers.

The Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program promotes professional development, benefiting not only the individual but also the agencies, in which they work and practice, and their communities.  It is designed to elevate the standards of excellence for law enforcement executives. Individuals interested in participating in future CLEE programs can access application information from the Law Enforcement Foundation website at or email jeff.hill[at]oacp[dot]org.