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Flores joins a small percentage of highly trained law enforcement officers in Texas

Hector A. Flores, chief of the Lamar University Police Department, recently graduated from the 84th class of the Hector Flores2019 Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas - Leadership Command College.

Only 2.4% of Texas law enforcement officers have matriculated through the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas - Leadership Command College.  Chief Flores said he’s proud to be counted as a graduate of the program and his completion is reflective of the lofty standards and expectations of the Lamar University Police Department.  

“As a law enforcement leader, I ensure our officers internalize the LUPD core values of justice, honor, integrity, and courage as foundational elements of our Republic,” said Flores. “We must concentrate on developing this vital part of our organization.  The most beneficial aspect of LEMIT LCC was the focus on leadership as a means of developing and understanding our officers in multi-faceted ways.”

 The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities.

Three modules are included in the training. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. The program concluded with the third module which included training in law enforcement administration at Sam Houston State University.

Each of the three 3-week modules was taught by top national and international law enforcement experts.

Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication and personnel management issues. Command College curriculum makes participants aware of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.

“After completing the LEMIT LCC, I intend to implement holistic approaches to assure that our officers are mentally, physically, financially and morally prepared to meet the modern-day challenges of serving as guardians of our constitutional ideals,” said Flores. 

 This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation.