With the extremely generous financial assistance of the Torrance Police Foundation, I had the fortune of being one of 30 participants in the inaugural class of at the Drucker School of Management in Claremont. The West coast version of the prestigious SMIP (Senior Management Institute for Police) program in Boston, ELI is a 14-day intensive live-in course….yes, weekends included…..covering a wide range of management and leadership concepts, from Connective Leadership to Generational Shifts, from Public Trust to Crisis Communications, and so much more. Significant value came from examining these concepts from private sector, non-profit, and academia perspectives, rather than through the standard policing lens. Course professors and presenters moderated dynamic class discussions, which tested our critical thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Of equal value was the networking and information sharing of other law enforcement executives from around the state and country. From this course, I have a better understanding of why I am the leader that I am today and how to capitalize on those positive qualities, as well as how to manage my shortcomings. This course has given me a new found excitement for leading the Torrance Police Department during this challenging time for all of law enforcement and for effecting positive cultural change in our agency for the benefit of the exceptional men and women therein and especially for our great community of Torrance. Thank you TPF for your generosity and for giving me the opportunity to become a better leader for the Torrance Police Department. I pledge to share the knowledge and lessons I have gleaned from this training with my peers, and anyone else that may benefit, to force-multiply the investment you have made.
Lieutenant Jennifer Uyeda
Community Affairs Division Commander