NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Dozens of NOPD officers started an intensive three-week-long leadership development training program Tuesday. The Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program is designed to provide officers at every rank with the skills necessary to become successful leaders.
The intensive program was developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and emphasizes on the systematic development of leaders at all levels of an organization.
"The LPO is focused on the concept of 'every officer a leader' and the program provides an instrumental character and career-building experience," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "As a graduate and instructor of the LPO course, I can personally speak to its effectiveness. LPO represents our continued investment in our officers and our commitment to creating the police department's next generation of leaders."
For the next three months, participants will meet for one week each month and develop skills that will enable them to lead both on and off the clock. This class is the seventh launched since the NOPD began providing LPO training in 2012.
The NOPD has trained more than 200 officers to date, including 14 officers who a have been approved to serve as LPO-certified instructors.