July 5 2016
Two Burlington Police Lieutenants Complete Senior Management Training
Two rising leaders in the Burlington Police Department recently completed an advanced training course.
Chief Michael Kent said in a statement he is pleased to announce that Lt. Robert Kirchner and Lt. Thomas Browne successfully completed the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).
"The Burlington Police Department strives to offer the best training opportunities in order for officers to continually grow in their roles," Chief Kent said. "Lt. Kirchner and Lt. Browne, as rising leaders, will take the skills learned to better their positions within the department and community at large."
According to the release, SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum -- an independent organization that focuses on critical issues in policing -- that provides senior police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government. Participants also engage in discussions about the top issues facing law enforcement today.
Participants leave the course with a clear understanding of general management theory, policy development, planning processes and organizational behavior. Topics include:
• Political management
• Organizational strategy
• Performance management
• Organizational change
• Managerial problem-solving
• Career planning
• Process analysis
• Media relations
• New policing strategies and innovations
The program requires extensive reading with classroom discussion, the release states. Participants are also encouraged to apply the concepts and issues presented to their own organizations. Because of the course's intensity and daily group study, everyone is required to reside on the Boston University campus during the week, where the classes are taught.