By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Police Chief Tony Carleton hopes leadership training will help his supervisors better relate to their subordinates.
For the next couple of months, sergeants all the way up to the rank of major will go through 10 six-hour classes on leadership taught by Steve Vinson, a leadership skills specialist with Itawamba Community College. Carleton said he hopes the training will help improve his supervisors’ effectiveness in communicating with one another and the people who work under them.
“With these classes I’m trying to get supervisors to know what leadership is,” said Carleton. “We hope this training gives them extra tools they need in dealing with people effectively, which will in turn improve how the officers on the streets do their jobs.”
Sgt. Katarsha White, the department’s only female supervisor, said even though she’s only completed the first of the 10 classes, she can see the benefits.
“Anytime we can get additional training, it is going to benefit the community,” said White.
“We are trying to induce the understanding of the certain skills you need to have as a leader,” Vinson said. “A promotion doesn’t make you an effective leader but you can be trained to be an effective leader.”
The training will continue at least until December. Carleton said the next round will be geared toward officers who want to become supervisors.