Cultural Leadership Academy Graduates - September 2017

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Location: Murray State University, Paducah Campus

Please join us in congratulating seven Paducah police officers, the second group to be graduated from the Cultural Leadership Academy.

The CLA includes eight blocks of classroom work, spread over two semesters, and some field assignments.

Capt. Matt Smith, Sgt. Chris Bolton, Sgt. Nathan Antonites, Det. Justin Hodges, Officer Matt Jones, Officer Matt Hopp, and Officer Chelsee Breakfield were presented certificates of completion during ceremonies Thursday evening at the Murray State University’s Paducah campus.

With grant assistance from the Police Foundation of Paducah-McCracken County and the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust, the Paducah Police Department has teamed up with Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services to provide officers with an advanced training opportunity, centered on diversity awareness. The result of this partnership, the Cultural Leadership Academy, comes at a time when increased scrutiny is being placed on law enforcement and its interactions with diverse populations.

“In light of recent events occurring across the country, the Cultural Leadership Academy is a proactive approach by the Paducah Police Department to foster cultural awareness and support its officers in communication and interaction with diverse communities,” said Dr. Teresa Clark of Murray State University.

According to Paducah police Assistant Chief Brian Krueger, “The content of this program is specifically designed to broaden the understanding of local community as a whole by learning about factors that exist within them, like the difficulties faced by racial and ethnic minorities and cultural diversity, while also broadening the participants’ understand of topics related to the individual officer, like emotional and social intelligence and ethics.”

MSU’s Dr. Landon Clark, Dr. Teresa Clark and Assistant Chief Krueger are the organizers of the CLA.

“The officers we’ve dealt with from the PPD are highly committed to systemic changes and highly motivated to be even more effective in keeping us safe,” Dr. Landon Clark said.

To learn more about the Cultural Leadership Academy and how your local law enforcement agencies can participate, contact Dr. Teresa Clark at 270/809-6956.

Pictured from left (bottom row):  Dr. Teresa Clark, Dr. Landon Clark; (second row) Officer Chelsee Breakfield, Capt. Matt Smith, Det. Justin Hodges; (top row) Sgt. Nathan Antonites, Officer Matt Hopp, Officer Matt Jones.  Not pictured is Sgt. Chris Bolton.

Cultural Leadership Academy graduates