The Walton County Sheriff’s Office recently sent three of its sworn members to the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course in Daytona Beach. The members, Lt. Jimmy Fannin, Lt. Dewey Adams, and Sgt. Scott Hogeboom, graduated from the course on Feb. 15.
The courses are sponsored through the University of Louisville but are typically held at other campuses, in conjunction with U of L. According to the college description, “This is the flagship continuing education course for law enforcement managers. It will provide the foundation for practical law enforcement administration and complement the Administrative Officers Course held twice each year. This training provides a comprehensive overview of management practices. The Command Officers Development Course is offered in five two-week segments over a five-month period.”
The 400-hour training course covers such topics as enhancing communications within an agency, an understanding of internal affairs along with the need to establish high ethical standards for police personnel, as well as developing alternative solutions to specific problems. Students must also prepare a formal staff study about their agency.
"As a graduate of one of Southern Police Institute's advanced leadership courses, I know how much work goes into successfully completing a command level program like this,” said Major Joe Preston, director of emergency management and support services. “We are extremely proud of each of our officers and their excellent work. Sheriff Adkinson's commitment to developing the leadership skills of our staff and changing the culture of our agency is demonstrated each time an officer participates in a command school of this caliber.”