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Posted on: July 17, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Westmont Police Chief Receives Special Training Regarding New Law Enforcement Techniques

Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: July 17, 2018

Westmont Police Chief Jim Gunther recently completed a three-week training program called the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The training was conducted at Boston University. Attendees included 84 upper command level members of police agencies from across the United States and Canada. The majority of the professors hail from Harvard University, MIT and Johns Hopkins University.

“Attending SMIP was one of the best experiences of my career,” said Chief Gunther.  “Besides the intensive training, I was able to network with 83 other law enforcement professionals from police agencies from coast-to-coast who share similar situations that we face in Westmont on a regular basis.” 

PERF is an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing and is considered one of the top three training programs for Police Chiefs and law enforcement senior management. Since its founding in 1976, PERF has identified best practices on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force, developing community policing and problem-oriented policing, using technologies to deliver police services to the community, and evaluating crime reduction strategies.

The overall focus of the training was leadership principles, broken down by power and networks of organizations, changing organizational culture, influence, leading with and without authority, persuasion, and fairness. 

“We also received diversity training and information about media relations best practices,” added Gunther. “We talked about the culture of law enforcement and trying to affect positive change in our organizations.  Concepts from this training will be passed on to our command level staff as well as to the entire organization.”


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont - Communications Director/PIO

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