The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office announced the recent graduation of Chief Deputy John Giron and Lt. Pete Alderete from the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Both deputies have successfully completed an arduous 22-week staff and command program, which was originally implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983.
“We, at the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, benefit greatly from preparing our command staff for success,” said Valencia County Sheriff Denise Vigil. “Chief Deputy John Giron was a lieutenant when he started the program, and has since been promoted to chief deputy.
Lt. Pete Alderete started this program as a detective sergeant and has since been promoted to lieutenant.
“These two individuals have dedicated themselves to advancing in this career field by attending additional schooling while actively working their daily roles at the sheriff’s office,” the sheriff said.
Vigil said she was “highly impressed” with the deputies’ dedication to the program, as reflected in their grade point averages of 3.9 an 4.0.
The school has graduated more than 25,000 students, both nationally and internationally. The School of Police Staff and Command provides challenging upper level college instruction to prepare students for senior law enforcement command. Additional blocks of instruction are also taught with a strong emphasis on business management.
The major topics of study include leadership, human resources, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation.
“I am proud of these two professionals and congratulate them both on a job well done. Successful completion of this program shows our dedication to educate our staff, which in turn provides our county with excellence,” the sheriff said. “I believe in providing the highest qualified leaders who are exceptionally trained and which will continue to move the sheriff’s office forward for the benefit of our community.”
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