The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) are proud to host the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP), Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) in Salem. The class began on Sunday evening, December, 10 and will end on the afternoon of December 15, 2017.
The IACP’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) is a 40-hour course, focused on the unique challenges facing women leaders in law enforcement. The course develops current and future leaders, the curriculum focuses on enhancing the business, leadership, and personal effectiveness skills of female leaders.
This interactive program uses senior women instructors and mentors from United States and Canadian law enforcement agencies and operates in an intensive, experiential learning environment. It is open to female and male, sworn and non-sworn personnel serving in supervisory positions, and senior patrol officers aspiring to become supervisors. The week-long class hosted at DPSST’s Oregon Public Safety Academy had 52 participants from 25 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.
The IACP has offered the WLI around the nation and since the program’s inception in 2013 this class has been offered by IACP at 36 locations around the nation and also in Kathmandu, Nepal and Cape Town, South Africa. This delivery of the WLI class is unique as its the first-time a state has hosted the class with all participants from city, county, and state agencies from the hosting state.
The WLI curriculum includes the following topics: Individual Differences; Motivating Success; Leading Teams; Organizations and Change; Crucial Conversations and Counseling; Strategic Career Planning; Fair, Impartial & Ethical Policing; Understanding Human Bias; Leadership and Wellness; Financial Management; Networking and Mentorship; etc.
Two seasoned instructors delivered the class. The first, the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) highest-ranking female officer, Assistant Commissioner Ramona Prieto, who retired from the CHP after 36-years of service. The second, Deb Campbell, a 30-year veteran of the New York State Police who retired in 2015 holding the rank of Colonel. Local women in leadership roles in Oregon law enforcement agencies participated in the program in both panel discussions and as mentors.
As city, county, tribal, state and university law enforcement agencies look to fill more than 1,000 vacancies statewide that are expected over the next two years as seasoned employees get ready for retirement we encourage interested applicants to look at www.OregonPoliceJobs.com.
## Background Information on the DPSST ##
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.
DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Eriks Gabliks, Director
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training