Cumberland Police lieutenants complete training programs

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Cumberland Times-News, August 2, 2012

Cumberland Police Lts. Brian Lepley and Robert Reed Jr. receive recognition at Tuesday’s mayor and council meeting for their completion of advanced training. Front row, from the left, are Councilwoman Mary Beth Pirolozzi, Councilman David Kauffman, Lepley, Reed, Mayor Brian Grim and Police Chief Charles Hinnant. Second row includes Councilmen Butch Hendershot and Nick Scarpelli.

CUMBERLAND — Two Cumberland Police Department lieutenants were recognized at Tuesday’s mayor and council meeting for completing executive training programs.

Lt. Robert Reed Jr. graduated the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and Lt. Brian Lepley graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Reed attended the 10-week program in Sykesville as a member of Class 327, which included 31 students from 17 law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland and several adjoining states.

The upper-level college training covers 22 core or mandatory blocks of instruction and uses nine additional optional blocks of instruction during each session.

The major topics of study include Management and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources for Law Enforcement, Budgeting, Staffing Allocation and Personnel Deployment.

Funding was provided by the Maryland State Highway Administration through scholarships to the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, one of which was made available to the Cumberland Police Department.

Lepley was selected to attend the 249th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va., with 264 law enforcement officers representing 48 states, the District of Columbia, 24 countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

The program provides 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals within their individual agencies.

Instruction is by special agents and other staff members who hold advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their respective fields of expertise.

There is no cost to the officer or police department.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker and personally presented the diplomas at the graduation ceremony.

“It is exciting to have two lieutenants graduate these prestigious police executive management courses which further prepare them to assume leadership roles at the Cumberland Police Department,” said Police Chief Charles Hinnant.