Monday, March 14, 2016

Holyoke Police Chief to Attend FBI Training

The following is a statement from Mayor Alex Morse

I’m proud to announce that Police Chief James M. Neiswanger has been accepted to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This professional course of study is considered the “West Point for Law Enforcement”. It was designed for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serve to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Their mission is to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world."

This training is attended by leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriffs' departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies. Participation is by invitation only, though a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 foreign nations.

The course of instruction is a ten week residential education program in Quantico, Virginia. Subject matter taught is on Constitutional and Criminal Law, Behavioral Science, Forensic Science, Leadership Development, Communication, and Health/Fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines.

The FBI covers most of the costs associated with this training. It should be noted that Chief James M. Neiswanger’ s employment contract states that should he gain admission to the FBI National Academy, he would be allowed to attend.
Chief James M. Neiswanger is scheduled to attend this training April 4, 2016 until June 10, 2016. Just today, I interviewed the four Captains at the police department. I plan on naming one of them as Acting Chief in his absence.

I am extremely proud that we'll be able to send Chief James M. Neiswanger to the premier training center for law enforcement executives in the world.

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