On May 30, 2019, Sergeant Joseph Conover and Communications Officer II Logan Fountain formally graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. They completed the class during the spring of 2019 and were recognized at the 54th graduation ceremony in East Windsor, New Jersey. The classes were held weekly in New Castle County in conjunction with the New Castle County Police Department.
In addition, Sgt. Conover was recognized with the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Award, which is given to the student with the highest academic average.
During this 14-week class, students learn leadership skills, behavioral theories, stress management, communication skills and how to manage groups and inter-group conflict. The curriculum, which was developed through the United States Military Academy at West Point, teaches the students how to use organization theory in a law enforcement context. The class meets weekly and requires extensive preparation and written testing.
All sworn officers with the Newark Police Department at the rank of Sergeant and above are required to attend the class. Non-sworn employees in a leadership capacity also attend the class.