Over 60 North Texas officers graduated from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) School of Police Supervision Friday morning. Representatives from 32 agencies across Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties spent the past four weeks learning about servant leadership, accountability, motivation, ethics and other skills they can take back to their respective departments.
Two Plano sergeants – Renee Glasser and Kanvin Ravin – were a part of the 127th class. Glasser, a 16-year veteran of Plano PD, said she pursued the program because “I was ready for a change,” she said, “ready to do something different.”
Though the leadership training was the initial draw to the program, during the four weeks, her biggest takeaways were the lessons on stress, mental health and wellness, which are major topics in police right now, she said.
With this new certification under her belt, Glasser hopes to lead Plano PD officers and emphasize the importance of living a healthy and happy life, inside and outside the department.
“The healthier and happier officers are in their personal lives, the more helpful and more involved with the community they are,” she said.
Ravin spoke highly of ILEA’s servant leader mindset, which has served him well over nearly 20 years in law enforcement. He said he can’t wait to go back and share his experience with young officers in Plano PD.
“We want to give that to our younger officers and let them know not only can they succeed within the department but succeed as role models in the community,” he said.
The graduation ceremony occurred at the ILEA headquarters in Plano. Several of the speakers charged the graduates to use their newfound training to inspire their departments and communities. Sergeant Neal Landfield of the Arlington Police Department called on the officers to be “moral, courageous and kind.” Captain Jeffrey Garner of the North Richland Hills Police Department reminded the officers “to always bear in mind you are guardians of our noble profession. Do not take this responsibility lightly. It is yours to uphold.”
Before the graduates received their honors, retired Collin County Sheriff Terry Box was honored with the Gary W. Sykes Award for Professional Achievement in Law Enforcement.
The award is named for Gary W. Sykes, who’s credited for elevating the ILEA program beyond regional recognition to national and international acclaim.
Box was honored for his exemplary career in law enforcement, spanning over four decades.
The McKinney native first worked as a dispatcher for McKinney PD before becoming an officer in Plano PD. In 1981, he was selected as a lieutenant in the Collin County Sheriff’s Department, and four years later he became sheriff.
From 1988 to 2012, Box won seven consecutive elections as sheriff, and he’s credited for expanding the department and the Collin County Jail to its current size as well as spearheading a host of other programs and initiatives.
“His career is replete with professional accomplishments, community involvement and civic recognition,” said retired Major Kenneth Seguin of Dallas PD. “His positive impact on the law enforcement profession in the Collin County community is immeasurable.”
Box accepted the award, saying, “What an honor and privilege to be recognized by this institute. I know there’s more deserving to get his award, but I’m honored to receive it.”