If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll note that we are very proud of our personnel. We like to highlight them and their accomplishments. Pictured is Sergeant James Stoinski. He graduated last Friday from the MSU School of Police Staff and Command. I attended his graduation which was held at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing.
Staff and Command is an intensive course for police command officers. Sgt. Stoinski committed a tremendous amount of his own time to complete the required coursework as well as being away from his family for several weeks to attend. We believe this type of coursework helps us prepare our future leadership.
Interestingly this course is of the “problem based learning” genre. The idea behind it is that essentially policing is a problem solving activity (which I concur that it is). Those problems are ill-defined and therefore must be defined and resources developed toward a solution that works fo the community and the department. The course work builds on this idea by directing students toward finding and analyzing resources. This teaching style has produced some excellent outcomes for us. The students work in groups and partially using technology to “meet” in a distance learning environment meant to develop their use of technology, an important tool in our modern policing world.
Sergeant Stoinski joins other department alumni Lt. Ryan Gagnon, Lt. Jill McDonnell, Sgt. Steve Groehn, Sgt. Rick Leonard. Others on our command staff attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command like I did: Sergeant David Amon, Sergeant Mike O’Hala, Lt. Cas Miarka. Our newer sergeants are waiting in line for their opportunity to attend this level of training. We believe in this type of advanced training and I think its outcomes can be seen in the quality of work done by our officers.
Congratulations, Sgt. Stoinki and GO GREEN!