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Customized program to focus on leadership and communication skills

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – (Aug. 19, 2005) – Tidewater Community College, in partnership with the Chesapeake Police Department, has developed the Chesapeake Police Leadership Institute, a customized education and training program for newly promoted patrol officers in Chesapeake.

“Through the Chesapeake Police Leadership Institute, our lead officers will enhance their supervisory skills and communicate more clearly and effectively with our citizens, in both day-to-day contact and crisis situations,” says Col. Richard A. Justice, chief of police. “This program will contribute to the excellence of our officers and their opportunities for promotion,” he adds, noting the college's fast and thorough response to their needs. “TCC is proving once again what an excellent resource it is to the community.”

The institute was created to provide police supervisors with education and training designed to meet Chesapeake 's specific law-enforcement needs. Through a real-life problem-based approach to learning, classes will assist students with developing important leadership and communication skills. The institute's goal is for graduates to become more effective supervisors and strong community leaders.

 “We're delighted to be able to offer the quality, custom training requested by the police department,” says Linda Rice, TCC Chesapeake Campus provost. “Partnering with such a critical community agency to enhance service to citizens fits our mission perfectly.”

The initial curriculum consists of four three-credit courses:

•  Front Line Supervision, a supervisory development course that offers the fundamentals of leading and managing staff

•  Spanish for Criminal Justice, a beginning class in conversational Spanish that enables students to communicate with Chesapeake 's diversifying population

•  Advanced Leadership Skills for Criminal Justice, a class that examines the role and responsibilities of a law-enforcement leader in Chesapeake

•  Leadership in the Community Policing Environment, a course to teach students how to build relationships and become leaders in the community

Front Line Supervision and Spanish for Criminal Justice will be offered this fall at TCC's Chesapeake Campus. Two leadership courses will follow in spring 2006.

NOTE: TCC offers an associate in applied science degree in administration of justice; all four TCC campuses offer classes in that degree program - Chesapeake offers 10 this fall, and has added a former FBI agent to the faculty roster.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit