Town of Beloit, Rock County, WI– On June 8, 2018, Sgt. LeAnn Jones of the Town of Beloit Police Department gathered with 31 law enforcement leaders from around the state as they graduated from the Wisconsin Command College and achieved the professional designation “Certified Public Manager”.

 

The Wisconsin Command College is a joint venture of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the University of Wisconsin – Certified Public Manager Program. Students attended six weeks of classes at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy.

 

“The Command College provides these law enforcement professionals with skills and knowledge to better serve their communities,” says CPM Program Director Robbi Dreifuerst. “The entire State of Wisconsin benefits from their commitment to professional development.” The program embodies the Wisconsin Idea, the concept that the University should improve lives beyond the classroom. “The University of Wisconsin is pleased to partner with the Wisconsin Department Justice on this program,” Dreifuerst said.

 

As part of the curriculum, students were challenged to complete a sustainable class project with statewide benefit. Class V created the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Achievement Diary (“WI-LEAD”), a social media aggregation tool to highlight positive stories about law enforcement and law enforcement officers around the state. “WI-LEAD is a way for our class to pay it forward and provide a platform for agencies to share some of the great things their officers do every day,” said Lieutenant Jill Weisensel of the Marquette University Police Department.

 

“The Command College was a very rewarding professional growth experience, but more than that, it provided a forum to discuss available resources and experts who stand ready to assist the Town of Beloit Police Department,” said Sgt. LeAnn Jones.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was the keynote speaker at the graduation which was held at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union in Madison.

 

Bradley Wentlandt, the Greenfield Police Chief who founded the Command College six years ago and serves as the program manager said the graduating students sacrificed a lot to attain this honor. “Command College students spend six weeks away from their families in a challenging academic environment. This achievement is a testament to their dedication to our profession and our communities.”

 

The 31 graduates will join the ranks of over 25,000 Certified Public Managers nationwide. Members of the graduating class are:

 

Kelly Bakken                       Black River Falls Police Department

Daniel Garrigan                 Portage Police Department

Edgardo Gonzalez             Neenah Police Department

Lindsay Graycarek            Mequon Police Department

James Green                      Walworth County Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Jansky                      Wisconsin Department of Justice

LeAnn Jones                       Town of Beloit Police Department

Kevin Julien                        Ladysmith Police Department

Dennis Keffer                     Marshfield Police Department

Michael Kempinski           West Allis Police Department

Kevin Konrad                     Oshkosh Police Department

Timothy Kufus                   St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office

David LeCaptain                Fond du Lac Police Department

Michelle Leffler                 Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office

Adrian Logan                      Wisconsin State Patrol

James MacGillis                 Milwaukee Police Department

Benjamin Meinnert          Two Rivers Police Department

Robert Meyer                     Saukville Police Department

Landon Nyren                    Delafield Police Department

Chad Pearson                     Janesville Police Department

Brian Raupp                       Orfordville Police Department

Gary Richgels                     Green Bay Police Department

Bradley Rollo                      Wisconsin Department of Justice
Avrie Schott                        La Crosse Police Department

Steven Schroeder              Summit Police Department

Tyler Strelow                     Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Joseph Vierkandt              Amery Police Department

David Vorpahl                    Manitowoc Police Department

Jill Weisensel                     Marquette University Police Department

Jason Zeeh                          Wisconsin State Patrol

Erich Zwicker                     Holmen Police Department

 

 

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Any questions, please contact:

Town of Beloit Chief of Police: Ron Northrop, 608-364-2984, rnorthrop@town.beloit.wi.us

Certified Public Manager Program:  Robbi Dreifuerst, 608-262-3830, robbi.dreifuerst@wisc.edu

Wisconsin Command College: Bradley Wentlandt, 414-940-1676, brad.wentlandt@wisc.edu