The Criminal Justice Training Center continually seeks ways to improve the level of professional training for California law enforcement agencies. The CJTC currently offers three primary programs: Semester Courses, Police Academies, and Continuing Professional Training. The CJTC now moves to expand its programs to include a fourth dimension: The Leadership and Ethics Institute. LEI’s goal is to provide quality leadership and ethics training and resources to the law enforcement and educational communities.
Commitment to Character. The CJTC adopted the Six Pillars of Character as the foundation of all of its programs over 13 years ago. Since this infusion, these principles have permeated well beyond the mere core of these programs. One example is the Exemplary Peace Officer Program (EPO) that the CJTC has developed in partnership with POST and the Josephson Institute. Through this program, the CJTC Academies have expanded roles in providing leadership and ethics training beyond that of any academy in California. EPO focuses on the police profession; academy experiences; ethics; character; leadership; proficiency; legal, ethical, and effective decision-making; professionalism; and public service. The program also introduces the recruits to life beyond the academy.
Lifelong learning. LEI is another example of where this commitment to character has led us. LEI is the next logical step in the journey. Police academy graduates, college students, and others need a channel through which to sustain their enhanced leadership and ethics training once they begin to work in their communities. For example, in the police profession, members face unique leadership and ethical challenges at each level of their careers: entry level officer, senior officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and chief. LEI is a tool that will serve as a conduit for the evolving collaborative resource it represents for the college, academies, agencies, students, and POST.
What Does LEI Look Like? It’s in the eye of the beholder. An institute consists of many elements such as collaboration, ethics, judgment, knowledge, leadership, planning, professionalism, and scholarship. However, we each perceive its value differently. This concept is similar to how we each perceive the value of a work of scientific, literary, artistic, or political expression depending on our diverse needs and experiences. We need your help to create it, make it thrive, and use it to serve our community. LEI is not just for the criminal justice profession or public safety. It is for all who share the goal of an enhanced quality of life in our communities through strong leadership based on ethical values and principles. LEI welcomes your input. Please, let us know what you think. firstname.lastname@example.org.