APSO’s Webb attends command college

Staff reports
Pictured above is the class from this year’s Mississippi Command College, which saw law enforcement officials from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama take part. Included in the class is Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ward Webb.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ascension Parish Sheriff’s  Capt. Ward Webb joined other law enforcement officials from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in attending the fourth annual Mississippi Command College, held on the campus of The University of Mississippi July 27-Aug. 1.

The Command College was made possible by a joint collaboration of the FBI and the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police. 

FBI Special Agent Steven Godfrey, Sr., said the Command College is a form of training much like LEEDS, (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars), a two-week seminar for executives in Quantico, Va.  However, the LEEDS seminars only accommodate 30 students three times during the year.

In response, the FBI created the concept for local  Command Colleges where small and mid-sized law enforcement agencies may send officials to receive a week of training focused on the areas of leadership, ethics, media relations, intelligence and legal instruction. 

Godfrey said the instructors for the Command College were either from the FBI’s local field office or from the FBI Academy in Virginia.