KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police Lieutenant Graduates From Southeastern Leadership Academy

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police Lieutenant Graduates From Southeastern Leadership Academy
DATE: October 25, 2016
On October 21, 2016 Kingsport Police Department Lieutenant Sean Chambers graduated from the Southeastern Leadership Academy (SELA) in Chattanooga, TN. SELA is part of the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) Institute for Public Service.

The five week academy included interactive instruction from top law enforcement personnel. Each week focused around themed lessons which included 1) Foundations of Leadership/Leading Others, 2) Leadership Skills, 3) Building External Relationships, 4) Employee/Internal Matters, and 5) Critical Issues. The academy, which is targeted toward middle management, challenged participants to develop their leadership styles in order to become more effective and progressive leaders.

Rather than five consecutive weeks, SELA is held one week a month over the course of five months. This training format assists law enforcement agencies in staffing by not having personnel absent for an extended period of time. It also aids the attendees in their ability to maintain a family life, as many of them have other commitments that would not allow them to be absent for extended periods.

SELA is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs and is supported by Award #23123, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).

Lieutenant Chambers received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. He initially joined the Kingsport Police Department in 1993 as a Corrections Officer, and he was sworn in as a Police Officer the following year.

He has served the department in a variety of roles, including Patrol Officer, Community Police, Vice Detective, and as Director of the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force. He rose through the ranks while on Patrol, where he served as a Watch Commander. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February of 2013 and currently serves as the Criminal Investigations Division Commander.

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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