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Reflections on the army's training with industry program.

In 2015, I was bestowed with the honor of participating in a 1-year internship with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The Army's Training With Industry Program allows selected military personnel to gain unique experiences that cannot be captured in military units within civilian organizations. Therefore, the Military Police Corps has partnered with the following agencies through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) to provide broadening opportunities for the officer corps:

* American Correctional Association.

* Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

* IACP.

* McKesson Corporation.

* Siemens.

The IACP is the largest law enforcement leadership association in the world, with more than 23,000 members in 100 countries. Members include chiefs; commissioners; directors; sheriffs; and command and mid-rank officers from federal, state, county, local, tribal, and other law enforcement agencies. Programs and services provided by the IACP to its members include policy development, legislative support, management studies, training, technical assistance, program development, and research. The preponderance of my time at IACP was devoted to the Center for Police Leadership and Training, a division that provides police officers, police supervisors, and chief executives with the best law enforcement training available.

The IACP internship increased my knowledge of the law enforcement profession and extended my professional contacts. It also provided countless experiences that will forever impact how I view the law enforcement profession.

Before beginning the internship, I would have assessed my overall knowledge of the law enforcement profession as rudimentary--even though I had served as a deputy provost marshal, company commander, and battalion operations officer. Each opportunity provided great experiences and expanded my law enforcement knowledge; however, in my view, I still lacked some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to consider myself a law enforcement professional. My experiences at IACP changed this. Through the IACP internship, I completed the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO), a 5-week leadership development and train-the-trainer program, to become a nationally certified LPO instructor. As an LPO instructor, I taught leadership principles to more than 150 command level law enforcement personnel throughout North America. I benefited from the exchange of ideas inside the classroom just as much or more than the students. It was through these exchanges that I enhanced my knowledge of the law enforcement profession. Using the Socratic Method of teaching (asking questions to stimulate critical thinking), I was able to fully explore the underlying beliefs that shaped the students' views and opinions, which greatly facilitated my professional development.

During my internship, I served as an ambassador for the Department of the Army and the military police profession for local, state, federal, and international law enforcement personnel. At the conclusion of my internship, I had expanded my personal law enforcement networks and facilitated the expansion of Army and law enforcement contacts on four continents.

As an IACP intern, I was provided invaluable opportunities, to include the opportunity to attend the annual IACP conference, participate in outreach opportunities, and experience routine interactions with law enforcement professionals. The IACP hosts an annual conference attended by thousands of police officers from around the world each year--making the conference the largest gathering of its kind. The conference connects law enforcement professionals from around the globe and provides a forum for productive discussions on all aspects of policing. The conference also includes a nearly 3-acre technology exposition consisting of vendors offering demonstrations of new equipment that assists in policing. The conference was even more special because it was attended by the President of the United States, Barack H. Obama; the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, James B. Comey Jr.; and the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Cornell William Brooks, who joined the conference to highlight the importance of the law enforcement profession and to discuss some of the most recent challenges facing law enforcement professionals.

The internship also provided unique opportunities to explore initiatives aimed at improving the law enforcement knowledge and skills of military police Soldiers. I initiated and developed the framework for partnerships and outreach opportunities between IACP, the U.S. Army Office of the Provost Marshal General, the U.S. Army Military Police School (USAMPS), and military police brigades. This framework resulted in broadening opportunities for senior noncommissioned officers within IACP. I also developed a 3-day critical-incident command management pilot course with the 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, to explore national best practices in response to active-shooter incidents.

Lastly, the internship enabled me to experience routine interactions with numerous pioneers of best practices across the law enforcement profession. Most notably, I had the distinct pleasure of teaching several LPO classes throughout Canada. It was through this experience that I had the opportunity to compare and contrast the different approaches in law enforcement as they relate to community engagement and response to active shooters.

After continually hearing how Command and General Staff College is supposedly "the best year of your life," I am reluctant to use the phrase. However, if there is such a thing, the best year of my life would be my year as an IACP intern. I strongly recommend that the Army retain the Training With Industry Program--especially the partnership with IACP. My goals are to serve as a strategic Army leader who is proficient at training and commanding Soldiers and to possess the required attributes to facilitate solutions to the Army's most complex problems. The internship at IACP greatly facilitated my ability to achieve these goals by honing my technical skills, providing continued leader development, and affording me the opportunity to gain advanced education and strategic insights that could not be captured within the ranks of Army units.

By Major Maurice (Moe) Green

Major Green recently completed a Training With Industry internship with the IACP and is now assigned to the Law Enforcement Branch, Operations Division, U.S. Army Office of the Provost Marshal General. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from South Carolina State University and master's degrees in business and organizational security management from Webster University; human resource management from Phoenix University, Tempe, Arizona; and public administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
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