La PORTE — Don’t anticipate to see La Porte County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Derek Allen sporting one of many stereotypical FBI darkish fits anytime quickly, although he could also be utilizing a number of the Feds’ methods to struggle crime.
Allen graduated from the FBI National Academy on Dec. 14 – a part of its 274th class – in Quantico, Virginia, together with cops from all 50 states, 23 different nations and 5 army organizations.
The Academy consists of 11 weeks of superior communication, management and fitness training, Allen stated.
“I consider it like a three-legged stool,” he stated, “teachers, fitness and networking. I set to work with 249 of the highest higher-degree command personnel from departments throughout the United States and the world.
“It was very very similar to a university-type setting. We went to courses in the course of the day taught by contracted FBI staff and particular brokers.”
Allen, nominated by the sheriff’s division, was considered one of solely 4 officers from Indiana to attend. Selections are made by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI based mostly on “his proven record of leadership and professionalism within the department and state,” based on Sheriff John Boyd. Officers chosen have a mean of 21 years of experience.
Allen stated the appliance course of was “very intense and competitive” and “loads of candidates are simply placed on a ready record or by no means get in.
“I used to be very lucky that my superiors supported me within the course of … I felt very lucky to get by means of the prolonged software course of, and couldn’t have executed it with out the help of the sheriff and my quick superiors.”
Allen’s individualized course of research included Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement, Fitness in Law Enforcement, Leading at Risk Employees, Critical Incident Leadership, Managing the Law Enforcement Image, and Essentials for Law Enforcement Executives.
“It was definitely challenging,” he stated. “By far the most difficult law enforcement training I’ve ever been through. There were a lot of reports and papers to do, and you had to present topics to the others and do some self-reflection along the way.”
For Allen, who serves as public info officer for the sheriff’s division, one of the difficult courses was in media relations.
“This is just not a slam towards anybody, however that class utterly took me out of my consolation zone. One of the instructors was a retired TV reporter and the opposite was retired army who labored in communications for a authorities company.
“The classroom was a working, functioning TV studio, and we did interviews and shows whereas being evaluated by our friends. They placed on the recent lights and made us sweat.”
Allen stated the category gave him a considerably new perspective on working with the media.
“They stressed that we need each other and we need to work together to get information out to the community. They also stressed more visibility on social media as a way to make the public aware of what we’re doing and alert them to emergencies.”
Allen, a lifelong La Porte County resident who was born in Hanna and now lives in Clinton Township, additionally acquired credit for the programs from the University of Virginia. He already holds a bachelor’s diploma from Ball State.
He thinks a lot of what he discovered can be utilized to assist shield his house county.
“I’m bringing back a lot of very useful information,” he stated. “It really opened my eyes to what we’re doing and what others are doing. It let me know that our problems – be they manpower or recruitment or retention – are the same problems other departments have. La Porte County is not on an island. We’re all in this together.”
He stated he might be presenting some concepts to the sheriff, however one of the useful issues he got here again with was new assets.
“I learned a lot just from speaking to other law enforcement personnel at the Academy. I picked up some good ideas about things we are doing. And it’s comforting to know that they are available. They’re just a call away, to lend their expertise if we have problems and want educated, experienced answers.”
One particular factor he famous was a concentrate on fitness, each bodily and psychological.
“They were really pushing us on physical and mental wellness. Suicides are up among law enforcement officers across the country – we had two in Chicago this year – and they explained how crucial it was to keep an eye on our guys. Check in with them regularly and check the pulse of what is going on with them.”
The value of the Academy, together with tuition, room and board, and journey was coated by the FBI.
“You could never get such great training for next to no cost anywhere else,” Allen stated.
He is the 80th sheriff’s division officer to participate within the Academy, however the first since George Ritter in 1996. Allen believes that might be altering.
“I’m not sure why no one has attended for so long, but I know the sheriff was adamant about someone going this year, and they are already trying to get a couple more people interested in attending next year. It would be great for the department to stay involved and send our up-and-coming officers.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray was principal speaker on the commencement ceremony and appearing Attorney General Matthew Whitaker additionally addressed the graduates.
“We are very pleased that Captain Allen was selected to attend the FBI National Academy as it is the most prestigious advanced law enforcement leadership training in the world,” Boyd stated.
“The education that Captain Allen received is now being brought back to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and will better prepare us to meet today’s law enforcement challenges. Professional development of our law enforcement leaders is an essential component in protecting our community…”
Allen referred to as it the “best experience for me in my law enforcement career.”
But don’t anticipate him to be choosing out an costly go well with anytime quickly.
“I never really had those dreams of working for the FBI. I like working on investigations, but I’m a true policeman at heart and like being out on the streets. Even being in an office as supervisor of the patrol division, I enjoy being out there working.”
And now he may have a number of new instruments to make that work simpler.