Deputy Director for Standards and Training
Purpose of Position/Summary:
The Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board (LETB) Deputy Director for Standards and Training (DDST) is the official designated to develop applicable policies and ensure compliance for law enforcement standards and training operations, statewide. This oversite role includes law enforcement agencies, law enforcement organizations, offsite Board programs, basic law enforcement and correctional academies. When requested, the DDST serves as spokesperson on behalf of the Executive Director and the LETB throughout the State of Indiana at meetings, conferences, before the General Assembly, and law enforcement agencies.
The DDST serves as a liaison between the training academies and the LETB and travels to agencies and academies statewide to monitor compliance with Board policies and procedures and relevant state and federal laws.
The DDST designs & monitors program development of certification, training & testing of law enforcement officers & other commissioned programs, academies, commanders, & instructors statewide; As such, he/she oversees the design, administration, and implementation of the training curriculum for all mandated basic, pre-basic, refresher and in-service law enforcement training in the State of Indiana. The incumbent supervises the creation of minimum standards for all statutorily required topics taught in the basic academies. DDST is responsible for the uniform application of all training classes, evaluations, and instructor credentials at all basic academies or training programs authorized by the LETB. The DDST reports directly to the Executive Director.
The DDST is responsible for and oversees the decertification process whereby an officer’s credentials may be limited, suspended, or revoked as described in law. The DDST works with the ILEA legal staff to investigate, prepare cases, and testifies before the LETB. The DDST ensures statutory and regulatory compliance with both due process and access to public records.
The DDST is expected to conduct or oversee regular compliance assurances of all LETB authorized academies and training programs. This individual is expected to create and coordinate advisory committees including a corps of experts to assist with curriculum development and compliance assurances, to provide advice and consultations with academies, and otherwise ensure the LETB minimum standards are implemented in a consistent and uniform manner. Such compliance measures will include, but not be limited to, appropriate and safe physical facilities, instructor credentials, training curricula, tests, records compliance and other evaluative reports. The purpose of such compliance checks is to find best practices; to assure current, regular, and uniform training; to provide consistent evaluations; and maintain open communication with all training providers. While uniform application of minimum standards is the requirement, the DDST also interprets those standards, maintaining a balance between individual settings and needs and the expectations for professionalism by the citizens of the State of Indiana. As a department executive, the DDST must create and maintain excellent relationships with agency heads, government officials, and other POST operations across the country.
The DDST adheres to established guidelines for budget preparation and management, departmental policies, State and Federal law and LETB standards. Knowledge requirements are varied, from the intricate (detailed training policy interpretation, and knowledge of standardized performance-based testing) to the broad and ambiguous with legal precedent-setting implications. The DDST exercises considerable independence in determining appropriate programming needs for the many departments and staff classifications. Though the DDST will be called on for public presentations, this position is not expected to conduct regular instruction.
• Supervises the planning, coordination, development, performance, and evaluation of all required training, including researching, designing, developing, and executing strategies to achieve all training objectives
• Oversees and ensures the ongoing development of uniform minimum standards of practices for all law enforcement training throughout the state
•. Creates a system for receiving and acting on information related to the limitation, suspension, and revocation of law enforcement credentials
• Prepares investigative reports, attends hearings, and testifies before the LETB on matters of law enforcement credentials
• Supervises curriculum specialists who create materials used in training programs throughout the State
• Establishes collaborative working relationships with law enforcement agencies, training directors and POST agencies across the country
• Works with academy directors across the state to manage/monitor/and implement all aspects of the basic training curriculum
• Performs inspections of law enforcement training academies to determine compliance with LETB standards
• Creates a corps of consultant-evaluators to assist in inspections and advising of academies and training programs authorized by the LETB
• Responsible for remaining current on any statutory changes that would affect law enforcement training
• Oversees creation of processes and rubrics to be used as an evaluation tool for instruction and scenario-based training
• Represents the Academy at public speaking engagements as appropriate
• Provides practical training needed to carry out the uniform application of training standards
• Assists in performing special projects/assignments as directed by Executive Director
• Reviews training audits, reviews/recommends training curriculum and annual training needs assessment/plans as instructed by the LETB and/or Executive Director
• Operates departmental vehicles to travel to other facilities, seminars, conferences, or training sites
• Maintains confidentiality
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Creates subject matter advisory committee to establish curricula, goals, behavioral objectives, and training evaluations
• Demonstrated experience in the development and application of legal standards of professional law enforcement training practices
• Law enforcement or public safety experience is preferred
• Master’s degree or higher, preferred fields include: education, criminal justice, criminology, or psychology, or research and data science
• Knowledge of adult education theories, methods, principles, practices, techniques, and assessment tools.
• Broad knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement training goals and objectives
• Ability to develop uniform assessment methods to assure consistent application of training standards across the State.
• Broad knowledge of law enforcement policy and procedure
• Ability to work flexible hours until a task is completed
• Excellent communication skills – both oral and written
• Ability to read, comprehend, and to write professional correspondence and/or documents using correct grammar and punctuation
• History of increasing responsibility and accountability
• Ability to tactfully gain information and cooperation from others
• Ability to accept supervision and constructive feedback
• Ability to provide supervision and direction of staff
• Ability to adhere to agency dress code and/or grooming standards
• Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment
• Excellent observational skills
• Comply with all state policies addressing drug use
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
The incumbent directly supervises all staff assigned to his/her area of responsibility.
Difficulty of Work:
The work is broad in scope and involves the integration of several expert, administrative, and professional functions and skills. The DDST must be able to take an active leadership role in the daily management of the uniform application of law enforcement standards across the State. Work is complex with potential changes in program variables and legal requirements. Work is done with minimal supervision. Work is reviewed for attainment of goals. The DDST has freedom to act within the appropriate framework to improve the delivery of standards and training services.
The DDST is responsible for the development, administration, implementation, and evaluation of all procedures needed to carry out the uniform application of minimum training standards and credentialing. The DDST must act as a positive role model in use of language, demeanor, behavior, and dress for all employees and as a representative for the agency. Works independently, following laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies. The DDST recommends changes in LETB policies and procedures that better implement statutory requirements and current best practices in training and professional development.
Personal Work Relationships:
DDST is responsible for development of a cooperative, efficient work relationship with all staff. DDST interacts with all levels of employees, trouble-shooting problems and providing direction regarding interpretation of facility directives. DDST interacts routinely with Superintendents, department heads, division directors of other State agencies, local law enforcement agencies, schools and universities. DDST is responsible for portraying a positive, professional image in all contacts with others, including staff, the public, vendors, and staff representing regulatory agencies. DDST may be asked to give presentations to local community groups, professional conferences, and workshops.
DDST will be assigned to work at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with some travel. Work is normally performed in a standard office environment. DDST is expected to visit satellite academies across the states.
DDST will be assigned to work at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with some travel. Work is normally performed in a standard office environment. DDST is expected to visit satellite academies across the state.
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
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