March 14, 2007 -- St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara leaves next week to begin three weeks of advanced criminal justice training at the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
“When I became Sheriff of St. Lucie County, I pledge to improve cooperation and coordination with all other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Attending the National Executive Institute will be one more step in achieving that goal. I was honored to have been nominated to attend the Institute by Michael Degnan, Supervisory Special Agent, Fort Pierce Resident Agency, of the FBI. I’m looking forward to putting my training at the Institute to work for the people of St. Lucie County.”
The National Executive Institute is “an executive training program primarily designed for the chief executive officers of the nation's largest municipal, county, and state law enforcement organizations,” according to the FBI Academy Leadership and Management Science Unit’s web page describing the Institute.” (http://www.fbi.gov/hq/td/academy/msu/msu2.htm)
The goals of the program are “to act as a vehicle to enhance cooperation and coordination of policing throughout the law enforcement community” and “individual learning,” according to the web page.
The first week of the Institute’s training session is March 18-23 at the FBI’s training facility at Quantico, Va. Two other one-weed training sessions will occur in mid-June and mid-September.
Here is the complete description of the National Executive Institute from the FBI’s web page:
The NEI is an executive training program primarily designed for the chief executive officers of the nation's largest municipal, county, and state law enforcement organizations. Each class attends three one-week sessions spread over several months.
Graduates – NEI Associates: The NEI began in 1976 and, to date, more than 500 executives have graduated. Upon graduation they are eligible to join the NEI Associates (NEIA). It is through this association that continuous training and research occur. Each year, the NEIA conducts a training conference where current research is reported and future research planned.
Eligibility Criteria: NEI participants must be the chief executive officer of a population served of 250,000 and an agency that consists of more than 500 sworn personnel. Also invited each year are three to five federal law enforcement officials, and an equal number of international law enforcement officials. Classes have 30-35 participants.
Nomination: U.S. participants are nominated by the Special Agent in Charge of the local FBI field office. International invitations are extended through Legal Attaches in U.S. Embassies. Participants must be conversant in English.
Goals of Program: There are two primary goals of the NEI, one of which is to act as a vehicle to enhance cooperation and coordination of policing throughout the law enforcement community. A second goal is individual learning. One of the most valuable aspects of the NEI is the range and diversity of its participating executives.
They bring immensely different levels of experience and perspectives of executives' roles. To facilitate individual executive learning, a wide range of associations and feedback occur between speakers and participants. Continuous learning is facilitated in membership and participation in the NEI Associates.
The ultimate goal is for society to benefit through further development of leaders. Many examples of the success of the program occur daily through enhanced cooperation between leaders and their agencies, all in the interest of justice.