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[ISP] Sergeant Gulinson Graduates IMPD Leadership Academy
Start Date: 5/2/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/2/2014
Entry Description
Indianapolis, IN- A graduation ceremony held at the Statehouse on Friday April, 25th honored officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Carmel Police Department and the Indiana State Police for their successful completion of the IMPD Leadership Academy. The ceremony was attended by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite, Indiana State Police District 52 commander, Lieutenant Jeff Payne, Carmel Police Chief Tim Green and the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Director Danny East.

The only State Police participant, Sergeant Brent Gulinson, was required to complete a 20 page staff study final assignment to graduate. The topic, chosen by the student, had to address a training gap, liability gap, or issue within the students agency. Sgt. Gulinson’ topic was tire deflation device training.
The core component of the IMPD package is four weeks of top-flight leadership training (one week per month January through April, with the course repeated September through December annually). About 40 officers, with “college-level academic ability,” attend each session, including a limited number from outside agencies.
During a “transformational” course captained and largely constructed by Bill Westfall, an internationally renowned law enforcement leadership trainer, participants studied strategies and styles of great leaders, leadership demands of “the leader, the led, and the organization,” and practice applying realistic leadership principles to such challenges as decision-making, goal-setting, performance motivation and evaluation, conflict resolution, critical thinking, supervision, skills development, effective communication, administrative obligations, liability management, and labor relations.
In addition to a certified “internal faculty,” led by Westfall, outside instructors included Lt. Dale True of the IMPD Leadership Academy staff, describing what leaders need to know to assure “fair and factual” use-of-force investigations; and Indiana State Police PIO Captain Dave Bursten along with Indiana Department of Correction PIO Doug Garrison spoke about public relations and marketing the police profession.
A key element each week was the no-holds-barred dissection of a major Indianapolis officer involved shooting from recent years, two of these fatal and two in which the targeted officer survived, including the Jason Fishburn case which just culminated in a 59-year sentence for the perpetrator.
Students met participants and surviving family members in these cases, review contemporary reports, visit the scenes, and present detailed analyses (pre-event through post-event) of how tactics and leadership decisions might have been changed to create more favorable outcomes.
Life-or-death events are the best test of leadership. And with some survivors available to relate in person what they experienced, this is bound to have an unforgettable emotional impact.
Successfully finishing the academy required completing substantial reading and writing assignments, computer exercises between sessions, essay exams at the end of each area of study, and a final thesis at the end of the course. It is true test of talent and commitment.

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Mayor Greg Ballard, Sergeant Brent Gulinson, ISP Lieutenant Jeff Payne, IMPD Chief Rick Hite

IMPD Leadership Academy
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