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Posted on: October 7, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Chief Mann graduates from FBI National Academy

After completing ten weeks of intense academic, mental, and physical training, Spring Hill Police Chief Richard Mann’s work has only just begun.
Chief Mann recently returned to Spring Hill after graduating from the FBI National Academy Program on Sept. 18. This highly selective program has graduated just 48,561 law enforcement officers since it began in 1935, and he said it was “a huge honor and very humbling” to be selected to attend.
From July 13 through September 18, Chief Mann lived at the marine base in Quantico, VA learning from top law enforcement officials. While experiencing different law enforcement cultures around the nation and world and enduring grueling fitness challenges was enjoyable, Mann said the most valuable part of the experience was his time in the classroom.
“The educational component was phenomenal,” he said. Chief Mann selected coursework that he felt would best benefit Spring Hill as the community continues to grow, including classes on executive leadership, basic intelligence theory, conflict and crisis management, context and culture, and constitutional law.
Establishing relationships with other law enforcement agencies was one of the greatest benefits of the experience, he said. Chief Mann represented Spring Hill among law enforcement agencies from 48 states and 23 countries. From these agencies, Mann found both lasting friendships and a network of knowledgeable resources to help with future efforts.
Now that he’s back in Spring Hill, Chief Mann has stacks of resources and a mind of full of ideas to help his department. His coursework will help him train officers on how a small agency dealing with the new challenges of a quickly developing city can rise to the occasion and become even more present and valuable partners in our community’s future.
Over time, he said he plans to implement the concepts he learned in the National Academy throughout all levels of his department, with an emphasis on training officers with strong leadership skills and a passion for community service. While listening to FBI Director Comey’s address to the graduates, Chief Mann said that he was inspired by Comey’s advice to find joy in law enforcement and establish expectations between agencies and the communities they serve.
“I truly believe that our number one goal is community relations,” he said. “If you don’t have community relations, you don’t have law enforcement. It’s based on public trust. It’s important that the community knows we’re here to help them and provide services for them. They need to know they have leaders in law enforcement who can jump in and do that.”

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