The National Public Safety Innovation Academy prepares law enforcement and corrections for the next stage of their careers


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Launched in September at the Center for Public Safety at Polk State College in partnership with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the National Public Safety Innovation Academy (NIA) gives law enforcement and correctional staff the tools they need need to take the next step in their professional career. The first cohort of the program will graduate on Friday.

The eight-week Executive Level Program provides mid-level managers and future agency leaders with the training necessary to progress and become effective leaders in administrative positions. The training will not only benefit the participants, but also their agencies and communities, as they will learn from renowned presenters and subject matter experts about effective leadership in today’s environment.

“Polk State College is proud to work in conjunction with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to provide highly sought-after, world-class leadership training to public safety professionals across the country,” said the president of the college. State of Polk, Angela Garcia Falconetti.

“Servant leadership begins with a personal commitment from every criminal justice official. We live in a time where being a good cop and a good boss is not enough,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “We are seeing technology trends that are outpacing traditional policing; we see community needs that mirror those expressed nationally.

As technology and trends change, the $3,500 program will evolve to meet the needs and meet the challenges facing the ever-changing world of public safety and criminal justice. Conveniently located near Interstate 4 in Polk County, Florida, NIA offers public safety and criminal justice officials an affordable and innovative alternative to traditional leadership training.

“We must always remember that we took this job to be of service to our organizations and our communities,” Judd added. “In his inaugural address in 1985, President Ronald Reagan posed the question, ‘If not us, then who, if not now, when?’ The training offered by the NIA will help criminal justice executives answer that question: “That’s me. It is now.'”

With public safety and criminal justice organizations operating with a diverse, multi-generational workforce, NIA equips participants with the knowledge to inspire others, transform organizations, and drive results. The rigorous curriculum examines contemporary issues, explores future trends in public safety and criminal justice, and equips participants with the skills and knowledge to develop innovative policies and procedures to handle and direct high-responsibility situations. that agencies encounter in the current climate.

“In law enforcement, sometimes we think too much about putting the bad guys in jail,” said Lt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. “We don’t always think about the threats we will face. NIA really took me out of my comfort zone. On a scale of 1 to 10, this program is a 10.”

Earning up to 12 college credits, participants build their expertise by attending classes at the state-of-the-art 101,450 square foot Polk State Center for Public Safety in Winter Haven. They also enjoy comfortable lodging at the all-inclusive Cabana Cottages for Families, USA TODAY Readers’ Top 10 Picks for 2022, in Auburndale, which includes a business center, two pools, laundry facilities, and gym. sport.

“The College here is nice, up-to-date, and really a breath of fresh air,” said Capt. Jason Jones of the Panama City Beach Police Department. “The way the academy is run is incredible. The living conditions have been phenomenal.

Classes are held Monday through Friday, starting January 16. Participants will apply what they learned in a Capstone experience at the end of the course, which ends March 10. Participants who possess an associate’s degree or higher will be eligible for Public Higher Technical Security Certificate. For participants already certified in the State of Florida, this course provides eligibility for optional Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) mandatory refresher requirements.

“As you progress in your career, protecting your agency is essential,” said Sgt. John Bergen with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. “The people here are great. I think it’s excellent value for money for eight weeks.

Registration and more information is available by contacting Captain TJ Garcia at 863.297.1038, 863.287.6209 or [email protected]; sergeant. Kelly Wedley at 863.632.0281 or [email protected]; or by visiting

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