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Two Highlands deputies graduate leadership academy

CAPE CORAL - The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute recently announced the graduation of 34 first-line supervisors from the Florida Leadership Academy. This seminar was held over four months, one week at a time at the Cape Coral Police Department with the goal to prepare supervisors in criminal justice organizations for leadership with the exemplary character and integrity. Highlands County Sheriff’s Sergeants Mike Delaney and Chris Myers participated in the program and graduated with the class April 12. Sergeant Delaney is a member of the Uniform Patrol Division and Sergeant Myers supervises school resource deputies. Since the beginning of the Leadership Academy, Sheriff Benton has ensured that every sergeant within the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office attends this program. There are only a couple of the newest sergeants that have yet to complete the program. Following the sworn supervisors, the sheriff plans to send all of the civilian supervisors.
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature to meet the need for education and training of criminal justice professionals. Graduates of this most recent school represented 14 different criminal justice agencies from around the state. Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton applauded the sergeants’ accomplishments and praised the work of the Institute. “Our front-line supervisors are critical in accomplishing the office vision and mission,” she said. “All members know who their immediate supervisor is and work according to those expectations. If our supervisors are not on the same page, adhere to policy and procedure, hold members accountable, while providing extraordinary leadership we will fail our community and the success of the individual member. I commend our latest graduates and praise all of our supervisors who have so diligently completed this course in service to our citizens.”