As a new graduate of the 14-month Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program, Capt. Perry Tabak of Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, recently reached a high level of professional accomplishment.

Tabak was one of 28 CLEE's honored at their graduation at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus on Feb. 8, according to a press release from the Ohio Association Chiefs of Police.

The ceremonies celebrated the completion of study in a unique course co-sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation Inc. and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. A special thanks and recognition to the Ohio Department of Public Safety for their grant which supported CLEE XXI. The instructors include noted faculty members at universities across the Midwest and consultants to business and industry.

"Capt. Tabak is one of the two captains who I count on for advice and ideas to continuously keep the department going forward," Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack H. Davis told the Falls News-Press. "He is very committed to keeping the department well trained. It is important as a department that we continue to attend outside training such as the CLEE program to improve as leaders and provide the best service possible to our citizens."

Participants were selected for the program by meeting set standards in experience, formal and continuing education, as well as professional-related experience. For more than a year, they received instruction in modules concerned with ethics; change management; interpersonal skills; vision, mission and guiding principles; strategic planning; external environmental management; organizational risk management and resource allocation and budgeting. Graduates of CLEE have demonstrated their mastery of these modules through written examinations and papers.

The Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program promotes professional development, benefiting not only the individual but also the agencies, in which they work and practice, and their communities. It is designed to elevate the standards of excellence for law enforcement executives. Individuals interested in participating in future CLEE programs can access application information from the Law Enforcement Foundation website at www.lef-oh.org or email jeff.hill@oacp.org.

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