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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor announces new training program for police sergeants and commanders

7/16/2013  2:30:00 PM
Robert Cruickshank (206) 849-9854

Mayor announces new training program for police sergeants and commanders
City also to explore creating a Seattle Police Basic Training Academy

Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel announced the completion of two initiatives of SPD: 20/20 – A Vision for the Future. Initiatives number six and seven call for new leadership training for all sergeants and commanders in the Seattle Police Department; program curricula have now been completed and training will begin next week.

“Our sergeants and commanders are charged with providing leadership and guidance to the officers who keep our city safe” said McGinn. “We need to make sure they have all the tools they need to be effective leaders and impart our community’s values to the officers they command. This new training program will ensure that all our sergeants and commanders are up-to-date on new procedures, and have the leadership skills they need to enforce those guidelines.”

Training for sergeants will begin early next week, beginning with the 11 new sergeants who have been promoted since May of 2013. The training curriculum will include:

  • An emphasis on the responsibility of supervisors for employee performance
  • Ways to improve employee performance
  • Effective use of technology in supervision and policing
  • Effective communication
  • Training on how to provide feedback to employees
  • Budgeting and supervisory fiscal responsibility
  • How to monitor, recognize and address biased policing, including what areas to monitor, understanding how actions are perceived and clarifying policies for employees.
  • Supervisory ethics
  • Leadership best practices from both public and private sector research and experience
  • Key elements of the Department’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI Workplan and their relevance to supervisory roles and responsibilities.

Training for commanders will provide a minimum of one week of training for all existing and incoming lieutenants, captains, and chiefs beginning in October. The curriculum will include:

  • Leadership principles
  • Command expectations
  • Best practice in accounting and budgeting
  • Public speaking
  • Department Messaging (understanding, mastering, and teaching top ten messages that are keys to improving performance and meeting expectations)
  • Political engagement from a public sector perspective
  • History of Seattle
  • Racial, social, and economic makeup of Seattle
  • Advanced RSJI training

McGinn also announced that he has instructed Chief Pugel to analyze the creation of a Seattle Police Basic Training Academy. SPD will begin by preparing a formal analysis of the process, staffing structure, costs, challenges and opportunities presented, in collaboration with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

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