Lt. Jimmy Womack of Paris Police Department completes program on law enforcement administration

Paris Police Lt. Jimmy Womack

Paris Police Lt. Jimmy Womack

Lt. Jimmy Womack of the Paris Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 70 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

The program, also known as Module III, was on law enforcement administration and was taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville by a consortium of universities throughout Texas.

The purpose was to provides law enforcement administrators and executives the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities.

Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II, which focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement, is taught at Texas Woman’s University at Denton.

Each of the three three-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts.

Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.

Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley applauded Womack for completing the leadership course.

“This training ensures that Paris police officers are exposed to the type of leadership and law enforcement training our citizens deserve,” Hundley said.

“I asked for volunteers for this training, and Jimmy was one of the first to express his interest. We expect others to follow his trail.”

The nine weeks of training is spaced out to minimize the impact to the agency’s day-to-day operations.

“This training is not a cakewalk. Serious study time and initiative is required to complete the course,” Hundley said.

This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University.

The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987.

LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation, Hundley said.

No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, Hundley said.

“It is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs, affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development,” the chief said.

Between 1,000 and 2,000 exas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year, Hundley said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

 

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.