Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Developing Future Law Enforcement Leaders

From the moment Dara Glotzbach walked into an emergency management course at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in 2005, she knew she had to work there.

In 2008, Glotzbach was hired to assist the Leadership Command College (LCC), the flagship program at the institute, and she has never had a bad day over the last eight years. Recently, she was promoted to Director of the Leadership Development Unit, which oversees LCC as well as programs for Constables, Command Staff, and First Line Supervisors.

“I admire law enforcement,” said Glotzbach. “There is something in law enforcement that makes them want to be servants and to do for others. They rush in when others are rushing out. Anything that LEMIT can do to help them, that’s what we’re here for.”

The Leadership programs are designed to assist law enforcement executives with leadership skills for 21st Century policing. The programs create well-rounded individuals who are confident in their leadership abilities and are exposed to a wide variety of experiences in the profession.

“It is my honor and privilege to serve the Texas law enforcement community,” Glotzbach said. “I am proud to represent LEMIT on a local, national, and international level.”

Glotzbach has 35 years of experience in training and development positions, with an emphasis in security management emergency response and risk management. Before joining LEMIT, she helped incorporate the Texas Medical Center campus into local, state and federal emergency preparedness plans and led a team of eight that coordinate patient movements at health care facilities during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She also served as a compliance specialist at Dynegy; a senior training consultant at Tenneco; and as a training consultant for Houston Lighting and Power.

Glotzbach found a home at LEMIT, where she continues to strive for the institute’s mission of professionalism, excellence, and care and concern for law enforcement in Texas. “We want to help them do their jobs more successfully,” said Glotzbach.

Among the programs in the Leadership Development Unit are:

Leadership Command College

The LCC provides law enforcement executives with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage a modern law enforcement agency. The nine-week program focuses on leadership and general management; political, legal and social environments of law enforcement; and law enforcement administration. The program consists of instructional modules, selected reading assignments, and a comprehensive Leadership White Paper (LWP).

Texas Constable Programs

LEMIT offers three programs for Constables, including a primer for those newly elected to the post, a continuing education program every four years, and the Texas Constables Leadership College. The initial course curriculum includes the roles and duties of a Constable, citations, evictions, liabilities, office management, writs, and protective orders. The continuing education program covers emotional survival, ethics/leadership, writs, citations, collections, and the detection of deception. The Leadership College, which is voluntary, is modeled after the LCC and includes such topics as practical psychology for policing; internal affairs; leadership and ethics; intergovernmental relations; officer-involved shootings; incident command; cultural diversity and team building; legal liability and civil rights issues; professionalism and belonging; today’s etiquette; suicide terrorism; human resource management; and communications.

New Supervisors

The program is designed for individuals who are newly assigned to their first supervisory position. It includes such topics as role identification, transition, leadership style, planning/organization, cultural diversity, counseling, liability, special investigators issues, community, civil rights, racial sensitivity, values, ethics, and principles.