Chief Robinson recognized for completing 160 hours of trainingPublished 10:27am Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Alexander City Police Department Chief Willie Robinson was recently recognized for his progress in the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program.
The University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education and the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police announced Robinson has completed 160 hours of training in the program.
Robinson said it takes 240 hours to complete the course, which he added helps with leadership and management of personnel.
“I hope to be finished in April. It helps a lot with management of personnel and with leadership,” Robinson said. “It helps a lot too with communication with the public and the media.”
The UPACE partnership is made up of Jacksonville State University and the University of North Alabama.
Examples of courses included in the program are applied problem solving, decision making, ethics and police leadership.
As he continues to settle in his role as police chief, Robinson said his philosophy has been to get officers out of the cars to do some community policing.
“For the officers, it helps for them to get to know who they are protecting. They get out, meet the public and let the public meet them so they feel more comfortable talking to officers,” Robinson said. “The program we implemented – walk, knock and talk – is where officers go up and talk to citizens, introduce themselves and ask what kind of problems they are having in their neighborhood, and we address them.”
Robinson added the philosophy is to build a closer bond between the department and the community.
“My philosophy is to bring both sides closer together to make all communities safer,” Robinson said. “So if the public sees something out there, they will feel more comfortable going to officers and talking to them. I want the public to feel comfortable and confident in their police department.”
Robinson said that increased police presence in the neighborhoods is not necessarily cause for alarm and is just officers trying to build a stronger relationship with the community they protect and serve.
“If they see them out a little bit more, there’s nothing wrong. They just want to do the best job possible,” Robinson said. “We have a lot of good men and women in this police department that are committed to serving the community.”