Texas Border Affairs
By Amanda Sotelo
Elma Navarro, a San Juan Police Department sergeant, is one of 20 local law enforcement officers who were in the first class of South Texas College and the University of Texas (UNT) at Dallas Caruth Police Institute.
Navarro’s recent promotion meant a bigger role in leadership and she said the course offered through this partnership was the one she needed to help her through her transition.
“In the Valley, we are very limited in the types of training offered and what we have access to,” she says. “To have had this opportunity and to know that it could be a standard for us is something that we have to take advantage of. It will help me and my department will succeed.
At a recent inaugural graduation ceremony at STC’s Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence, graduates of the leadership institute from police departments such as San Juan, San Benito, Pharr, Edinburgh and STC, received certificates of completion and words of wisdom from STC’s vice president of information. Services, Planning, Performance and Strategic Innovation David Plummer, Ph.D.; Jeff Spivey, UNT Executive Director of Dallas Caruth Police Institute; and former Pharr City Police Chief and director-turned-author Andy Harvey.
“This course develops the law enforcement officials of tomorrow – you,” Plummer told graduates. “Our collaboration with UNT at Dallas Caruth Police Institute provides new opportunities for our region, to remain resilient and steadfast professionals and to bring a new level of professionalism and leadership to your services. As we build on this partnership, there will only be more opportunities for all of you.
Spivey said he echoed Plummer’s sentiments, and if at least one student had an eye-opening experience, then this collaboration was a success.
“It’s an opportunity to learn, grow and challenge themselves and I hope our graduates can look back on this time in their careers as a time when they not only learned something about policing or leadership, but also about themselves,” Spivey said. “And I hope that ignited a fire in them to keep training to be the best they can be. You should never stop learning because our craft is constantly evolving.
Sergeant Eric Treviño of the San Benito Police Department said the two-week course was an eye-opening experience in new leadership processes and methods. This allowed him to assess his leadership role and prospects.
“I want to set an example as a leader, I want to inspire,” Treviño said. “We want to regain the trust of the community and maintain trust within our services. This course has shown us how to do that. How to be an exemplary leader for all; we are here to help everyone. It will help me to be a better leader, while creating other leaders.
The partnership between STC and the Dallas Caruth Police Institute’s UNT is the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley to provide leadership training in the Rio Grande Valley to all local, regional and local law enforcement agencies. federal.
Through this partnership, STC will have access to the entire curriculum of the Caruth Police Institute which also includes a range of civilian supervisors, sergeant level and lieutenant level training, among others.
For more information about the STC and UNT at the Dallas Caruth Police Institute, call the STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence at 956-872-4208 or visit https://www.southtexascollege.edu/rcpse/