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December 10, 2014 Published in Courts & Crime, Other News

Alexandria Deputy Graduates From Intensive Leadership Program

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Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Director Bill O'Toole (left) and Sergeant Bob Gilmore (right) congratulate Deputy Greg Zedalis (center) on his achievement (Courtesy Photo)

Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Director Bill O'Toole (left) and Sergeant Bob Gilmore (right) congratulate Deputy Greg Zedalis (center) on his achievement (Courtesy Photo)

Alexandria Deputy Greg Zedalis recently completed an intensive leadership program offered by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Deputy Zedalis graduated from the Leadership in Police Organizations program on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy along with 34 other law enforcement professionals from across Northern Virginia.

The LPO program took place over three months through three week-long classes. This challenging and engaging training is based on a behavioral science approach to leading people, groups, organizations, and change, and focuses on the systematic development of leaders at all levels of an organization with the concept that "every officer is a leader."  According to the IACP, "With the challenges law enforcement agencies face today, it is imperative that training and support be provided to ensure dispersed leadership that allows everyone to take leadership initiatives at their levels of responsibility."

LPO emphasizes applied learning through small group studies, videos, role playing, and class exercises to reinforce learning. Participants studied behavioral science theories to better understand how to lead individuals, groups, change, and organizations so they can increase the motivation, satisfaction and performance within their organization and support their agency's mission.

Deputy Zedalis joined the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in 2005 and currently serves as an instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.

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