The Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy graduated 28 more law enforcement officers from its 13th class on Friday morning at the UTC University Center Building. Four of those graduating are employees with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Jim Hammond, who holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Criminal Justice from UTC, has always been a strong advocate of educating his staff. He reports that since 2007, 22 of his agency’s employees holding the rank of sergeant and above have completed this training. The sheriff’s choice of officers to attend this current class were Lt. Mark Hooper, Sgt. Sharpie Adams, Sgt. Chris Harvey, and Sgt. Eric Merkle.
The Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy is a seven-week law enforcement leadership and management program designed for progressive and innovative police managers. The seven-week course is spread out over a seven-month period so that agencies can better manage the time off for their officers and to assist the S.E.C.L.A. instructors.
Sheriff Hammond applauds his officers who have completed this training stating they have done so while continuing to manage their daily work-related responsibilities.