A Carencro police captain recently became the state’s first law enforcement officer to receive the FBI’s Trilogy Award for completing three management-level training courses offered by the agency.
Capt. Ronnie Richard completed the last of the three weeklong sessions in April.
He and 22 other officers from around the country were honored for their accomplishments Monday by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association during the 21st annual Executive Training Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Police Chief Carlos Stout said.
Richard’s training included completion of the Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Institute and Executive Survival: Policing in the 21st Century.
The veteran officer said the experience opened his eyes to the importance of understanding and dealing with generation gaps within police departments.
“It takes a person with understanding and education to understand how to lead them and have people (who) want to follow you,” Richard said.
Stout had high praise for Richard’s accomplishment.
“This award is very impressive and rewarding to our department,” Stout said. “The type of training Capt. Richard has received while attending this course will allow him to better serve the citizens of our community.”
Richard, who has been with the department since 2002, oversees all divisions of enforcement at the department.
Stout said Richard’s training allows the agency to have full confidence in its administrators and command staff.
“It is comforting to know that we have a qualified and capable captain to run the daily operations of our office in the absence of the assistant chief and I, should we be unavailable,” Stout said.
The training program provides law enforcement with the opportunity for the same kind of training provided to FBI agents.
The training began in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Stout said.
Good leadership, Richard said, inspires officers to follow, “which in turn gives better service to the community and the citizens.”