First Line Supervision Course

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PDF Flyer available HERE.

April 20th – May 8th, 2020

The First Line Supervision course is offered via a blended course of instructional delivery consisting of 3 days in a retreat setting where learners are required to stay on location. This is followed the next week with 3 days of facilitated distance learning. In the third week the learner will participate in 4 days of classroom instruction at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte, MI, for a total of 80 instructional hours.

The instructional format is problem-based learning (PBL) – the next generation in law enforcement training. PBL is defined as a “teaching or training method characterized by the use of ‘real world’ problems as a context for individuals to learn critical thinking and problem solving skills and acquire knowledge. It involves both knowing and doing.” (Lepinski) Another definition is “an instructional method in which the teacher builds instruction around a practical problem and encourages pupils to discuss the problem in small groups, with an aim to cultivate active learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among them.” (Lahden) The instructor provides the learning environment and then relinquishes spotlight and allows the student to learn the material at their own pace and through the method that works best for him/her. The instructor switches from instruction, where they provide the material, to facilitation, during which time the facilitator guides the student through learning and understanding.

The cadre of facilitators for this course includes: Cindy Herfert, Lieutenant (Retired) Flint Police Department; Captain Jeff Campbell, Eaton County Sheriff's Office; Lieutenant Rick Grillo, Meridian Township Police Department; Sergeant Bart Crane, Meridian Township Police Department; Jill McDonnell, Lieutenant (Retired) Auburn Hills Police Department; and June Werdlow-Rogers (Retired) SAC DEA. The facilitators have successfully completed the 400-hour MSU School of Staff and Command and are familiar with the problem-based learning format in addition to their individual expertise in various course topics.

The fee ($1300) includes meals and lodging for 3 days of retreat as well as break refreshments for 4 classroom days at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte, MI; and all handouts and access to D2L – the on-line learning management system.

This course is MCOLES approved for 302 funds and SNC approved for 911 dispatch training funds.  MCOLES certification is available to Michigan residents. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available upon successful completion of the 80-hour course.

Participants must have access to a computer and a webcam. Click here to review recommended browsers and computers supported by Michigan State University’s on-line learning management software, Desire 2 Learn (D2L).

  • Apply

    Application Information

    Spring 2020 Course Brochure available HERE.

    Problem based learning requires a smaller class size than traditional classroom instruction. All participants must be registered prior to the first day of class. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    If you are a currently enrolled graduate or upper level undergraduate student at Michigan State University and will be enrolling for academic credit (3 credits), contact traincj@msu.edu (please expect a response to email inquiries within 48hrs.) or call 517-355-2197 for additional information.

    If you are not a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student at Michigan State University and would like to receive information on obtaining Michigan State University Lifelong Education academic credits, visit the MSU RO: Lifelong Education web page.

    This course is MCOLES approved for 302 funds and SNC approved for 911 dispatch training funds.  MCOLES certification is available to Michigan residents. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available upon successful completion of the 80-hour course.

  • Facilitators

    Lieutenant (retired) Cindy Herfert

    Cindy Herfert serves as an Outreach Academic Specialist for the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, providing in-service trainings to police officers and military personnel from across the United States. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU. Cindy is a graduate of the 10th MSU School of Staff and Command class. Cindy joined the Flint Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In 2014 Cindy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for the Patrol Division and the Traffic Division. Cindy retired from the Flint Police Department in 2015. Cindy held a variety of positions during her career, including; uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, gang investigation, homicide investigation, planning and budgeting, and community policing.

    Contact Info: herfertc@msu.edu

     

    June Werdlow Rogers

    June Werdlow Rogers is a dedicated crime-fighter. She earned a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland and after serving 28 years in in law enforcement (local and federal), she retired as DEA's New England Special Agent in Charge in 2008. Since then, she has authored several books including Cracking the Double Standard Code and Now Hiring Criminal Justice Professionals and focuses on educating criminal justice professionals. From speaking at national conferences or in college classrooms to writing published works, Dr. Rogers’ goal is always preventing victimization and offending as reflected in her latest work with The Youth Connection entitled The Boss of me is Me (2016), an interactive notebook designed to help teens live crime-free.

    Contact Info: Not Yet Provided

     

    Captain Jeff Campbell

    Captain Jeff Campbell is with the Eaton County Sheriff's Office and is currently assigned as the commander of the Field Services Division. He has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1995, and has served as a Special Response Team member, Field Training Officer, Accident Investigator, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant for both the County and Delta Township patrol sections. He was promoted to Captain in October of 2014. Jeff is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a graduate of the sixth class of the MSU School of Staff and Command. Jeff has been a facilitator for the MSU School of Staff and Command course and the MSU First Line Supervision course.

    Contact Info: Not Yet Provided

     

    Jill McDonnell

    Jill retired in June 2019 from the Auburn Hills Police Department after a little over 27 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University, is a graduate of the 1st class of Michigan State University's School of Police Staff and Command, and a graduate of the 257th session of the FBI National Academy. During her career Jill served as a Patrol Sergeant and was further promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Jill had the opportunity to lead each division of the agency at various times.

    Jill was the accreditation manager for Auburn Hills Police Department during their successful accreditation process in 2015. Jill has also served as a facilitator for the MSU School of Staff and Command.

    Contact Info: Not Yet Provided

     

    Lieutenant Rick Grillo

    Lieutenant Rick Grillo began his law enforcement career in 2003 after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Rick was hired by Meridian Township after completing Grand Valley State University's Police Academy and worked as a Road Patrol Officer. During his time as an officer he worked several assignments including Field Training Officer, Chairman of the Police Advisory Committee, DARE and School Resources Officer, and three years as an Investigator. Rick was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 where he took over as the Field Training Program Coordinator and supervised a road patrol platoon on night shift. Rick was promoted to Lieutenant in 2018 and named the Services Division Commander. He currently oversees the Investigations Unit, Court Services, Records Unit, Evidence and Property Room, and the Cadet Program. He was recently named the Accreditation Manager for MTPD. Rick graduated from the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command in 2017.

    Contact Info: Not Yet Provided

  • Syllabus
    Syllabus available HERE.