Caroline Sheriffs Office Corporals graduate from Police First Line Supervisor School

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250Sheriffs CorporalsOn 2/15/13, eight of Caroline County Sheriff's Offices Corporals graduated from the Wor-Wic Criminal Justice Academy's "Police First Line Supervisor School". This was an intense 2 week leadership and management course designed specifically for law enforcement officers.

The deputies selected to attend were:

  • Corporal Eric Peterson - Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit Handler
  • Corporal Kevin Nagyiski - Sheriff's Office Patrol Division
  • Corporal Justin Reibly - Sheriff's Office Patrol Division
  • Corporal William Bodnar - Sheriff's Office Patrol Division
  • Corporal Michael Gestole - Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer (Assigned: Col. Richardson High School)
  • Corporal Richard Baker - Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division - Detective
  • Corporal (Deputy)- Narcotics Unit - Caroline County Drug Task Force (Not identified due to assignment)
  • Corporal (Deputy)- Narcotics Unit - Caroline County Drug Task Force (Not identified due to assignment)

The first-line supervisor plays a critical role in virtually every aspect of the modern police agency. As part of the Sheriffs Office's leadership team, the first line supervisor is responsible for directing personnel toward the effective delivery of police services through tasks ranging in complexity from routing administrative duties to tactical police operations. Some of these duties and responsibilities include ensuring compliance with policies and procedures, initiating appropriate discipline when necessary, mentoring officers under their control, and serving as the communication link between the Sheriff's Office Command Staff and line officers. It is their skill, which defines the service that brands the Sheriff's Office, and in many ways determines the Sheriff's Office success or failure in our communities.

Research shows that there are core skills essential to supervisory and the Sheriff's Offices proven success record. The program that our first line supervisors had graduated from focuses on two core elements:

  • Delivering information in a manner that is clearly understood,
  • And, effectively illustrate and easily apply leadership traits in the Sheriff's Office.

At the conclusion of this course, the deputies learned to be very astute in embracing the following:

  • Identifying the essential elements that are key to supervisory success
  • Appreciate and understand the importance of the supervisory role in maintaining ethical practices and preventing acts of misconduct
  • Communicate more effectively at all levels
  • Understand the importance of the role of the supervisor as a "linking pin" between the Sheriff's Office Command Staff and first-line personnel
  • Understand and apply the concepts of performance management and progressive discipline
  • Understand generational differences and their effect on workplace dynamics
  • Apply leadership skills to address common employee problems

We are all very fortunate to have such professional and motivated deputies among our ranks in the Caroline County Sheriff's Office. The deputies that attended this training will be putting what they have learned to use immediately and will continue to represent the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Caroline County in a professional manner.