GLYNCO, Ga. -- Gage County's Chief Deputy Sheriff Doug Klaus recently received a Certificate of Graduation from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
Klaus earned the certificate after completing the FLETC's Homeland Security Leadership Academy, according to a press release from the Gage County Sheriff's office. Attendees at the academy included law enforcement executives from more than 20 state, local and territorial police and sheriff agencies.
The HSLA is a two-week professional development and leadership training program designed for law enforcement executives. It is the result of collaboration between FLETC and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Some of the topics covered included leadership in a crisis, the art of perception, exemplary leadership, emotional intelligence, and ethics in leadership.
Upon completion of the training in Georgia at FLETC, follow-up training was completed in Minneapolis, Minn., through the National Sheriff’s Association. Upon completion of this training course, Klaus was certified as a homeland protection professional through the Homeland Protection Professional Certification Board/NSA Global Center for Public Safety. The graduates are the first in the United States to receive this certification.
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FLETC is the primary provider of basic and advanced law enforcement training to federal law enforcement agencies, as well as a significant contributor to advanced training for state, local, and international law enforcement officers and agents, according to the Sheriff's Office press release.
All funding for the FLETC training was provided at no cost to local agencies and included air fare, meals, lodging and other expenses.