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Finley completes 240 hours of law enforcement training

Published 11:55am Monday, February 20, 2012

Camp Hill Police Chief Roosevelt Finley recently completed the Certified law Enforcement Executive Program.

Finley was recognized for completing 240 hours of training at the Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Huntsville earlier this month. The program is sponsored by Jacksonville State University and the University of North Alabama.

The chief said he was proud to complete the training, which took a couple of years.

“It’s been an interesting task,” Finley said. “It was somewhat of a challenge to meet the financial burden, but it is a very valuable tool to be afforded.”

Finley thanked the mayor and town council of Camp Hill for their assistance in helping him obtain this certification.

“They have been tremendous as far as recommending that I get this training,” Finley said. “It is valuable that I stay abreast of things in today’s society.”

While the town and police department footed a portion of the bill, the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission assisted in paying a majority of the costs.

Finley said that the program began in 2000, 77,340 certification hours have been awarded to a total of 1,078 participants. A total of 459 have completed 40 hours, while 299 have completed 80 hours and 136 have completed 160 hours. Only 70, however, have earned their 240-hour certification, Finley said.

The course covers a variety of things important to law enforcement executives, Finley said. Some examples include leadership skills, managing for the future, understanding human relationships and managing conflict, harassment, discrimination and racial profiling.

Courses on budgeting and vehicle management, Finley said, were some of the courses he found extremely useful.

“This is just another example of how Alabama is taking a leading role in making sure its police chiefs are becoming certified law enforcement executives,” Finley said.

Three other Tallapoosa County police chiefs have obtained the training. Alexander City Police Chief Charles Rafford, New Site Police Chief John McKelvey and Chief Gary Freeman of the Dadeville Police Department were recognized in August 2011 at a conference in Gulf Shores.