Apr 01, 2019
Co-chaired by Crime Prevention Officer Aerin Washington-Ritch (Tennessee State University Police Department) and Accreditation Manager Jon-Michael McDaniel (Oregon State University University Public Safety), the Future Leaders in Public Safety Committee will serve as a resource for IACLEA members of all ages and ranks from public, private, two-year, four-year, sworn, and non-sworn departments.
Washington-Ritch and McDaniel created the committee to develop structures and opportunities among established and rising campus public safety leaders to collaborate and share expertise for the mutual benefit of all officers within an agency.
“I am really pleased that Aerin Washington-Ritch and Jon-Michael McDaniel identified an important new area for IACLEA’s professional development services and have taken the lead on a solution that has potential to benefit IACLEA members for years to come,” noted IACLEA President Paul Ominsky, executive director of public safety, Princeton University (New Jersey).
IACLEA has more than 4,000 members, representing more than 900 institutions; however, many of these agencies lack the systems and structures for innovative approaches to be brought forward between junior and senior leaders. The committee will serve as a formal mentorship connection between established and rising campus public safety leaders. This connection will provide avenues of growth and development for all participating public safety leaders.
As part of this initiative, the committee strives to accomplish the following goals:
- Create a process for rising leaders to be connected to established leaders who want to take on the mentor role.
- Develop a mentoring program for IACLEA.
- Host a networking mixer at an Annual Conference specifically geared toward fostering those mentor/mentee relationships.
The committee will host its first mixer at the 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans to facilitate making the connections that can really boost professional development.
“I believe Future Leaders committee in IACLEA will provide the structure for learning, professional growth, and mentorship,” said McDaniel.