Pictured above is (from l to r): Chief Matthew Wright, Dolgeville Police; Sgt, Matthew Mills, Ilion Police; Sgt. James Burns, Herkimer Police; Sgt Travis Hight, Herkimer Police; Sgt Kenneth Allen, Frankfort Police; Officer Bradley Morse, Mohawk Police; Officer Brandon Macrina, Little Falls Police; Sgt Ioan Foard, Fulton County Sheriffs Officer; Sgt Anthony Hensel, Ilion Police; front row: Inv. Vito Carbone, Herkimer Police; Sgt Donald Richards, Ilion Police; and Course Director Chief Thomas of Little Falls Police.

Pictured above is (from l to r): Chief Matthew Wright, Dolgeville Police; Sgt, Matthew Mills, Ilion Police; Sgt. James Burns, Herkimer Police; Sgt Travis Hight, Herkimer Police; Sgt Kenneth Allen, Frankfort Police; Officer Bradley Morse, Mohawk Police; Officer Brandon Macrina, Little Falls Police; Sgt Ioan Foard, Fulton County Sheriffs Officer; Sgt Anthony Hensel, Ilion Police; front row: Inv. Vito Carbone, Herkimer Police; Sgt Donald Richards, Ilion Police; and Course Director Chief Thomas of Little Falls Police.

The Little Falls Police Department recently concluded a NYS DCJS certified class titled “Course in Police Supervision.”

Similarly to a “Police Academy,” where candidates appointed to an officer or deputy position within a law enforcement agency must complete a basic course within a 1-year period, officers who have been promoted, or about to be promoted, must also complete this certifying course within a 1-year time limit. The class curriculum is designed by the local Course Director with all of its various components and be approved by NYS prior to administration. Once complete, the Course Director reviews that all objectives are met to ensure compliance with DCJS. Once submitted the newly promoted supervisors are certified by the NYS to have met established requirements and return to their respective agencies.

The class requires a minimum of 105 hours of classroom instruction, and typically the course runs for 3 weeks. Modules in the course include: Transition to Supervisor; Communications; Employee and Employer Rights; Employee Assistance Program segments; Legal Updates; Critical Incident Management; and Contemporary Issues – among others.

This is the second time this class has been taught at the Little Falls Police Department in an effort to bring current training to local resources in the valley. Other courses have been successfully completed at this agency with more planned to keep advanced training available for regional police departments to participate in.