Category Archives: Law Enforcement Leadership Academy

Reflections from Kansas Certified Public Manager Graduate: Kelli Bailiff


Lt. Bailiff delivers CPM graduation speech

Comments Delivered by Kelli Bailiff, Lieutenant, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
On November 20, 2015

Kelli graduated in May, 2014 from our Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) Command School. After LELA, she completed extra assignments to earn the Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification. Starting in January, 2016 students of the LELA Command School will simultaneously complete work on their CPM certification.

When we entered the LELA program, we were all excited and prepared to learn more about how we could offer more to our organizations and what we needed to learn to become better leaders and better mentors. But through the LELA and the CPM classes, I realized that the first thing I needed to do was to search within myself and to find out truly who I was, what I wanted, and what I needed to become. It made me take a step backwards and to search within my own being – my heart and soul. I realized in order for me to become a better leader and a mentor, I needed to become a better me.

A wonderful mentor made a comment I cherish, “You will do what you are – so know who and what you are and be comfortable with it.” Thank you, Sheriff Ash.

A leader is far more than a label. Leadership is about taking actions to create sustained and positive transformations within an organization. But we must first align our values and our vision, not only with ourselves but within our ranks and teams. We must prepare and build a productive environment not only for today but for the future. Beth Revis said, “A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

During this training, I also learned the true meaning of patience – personally and professionally. Sometimes that means not voicing my opinion until the proper time, if ever at all. We all know that dealing with people requires this patience, but show me a leader with patience and I’ll show you someone whom people will trust.

After I took a hard look at myself and made a list of items I needed to improve, I asked myself what is one word I am taking away from the LELA and CPM programs and what does it mean to me now. I choose the word “Empower.”

The best leaders are masters of making things happen. They create far more energy than they consume and, instead of taking energy from an organization, we must channel and amplify it back to our organization. My goal in becoming a successful leader is to create a compelling vision for our employees to strive for, to communicate our values and mission, and to do my best to get our people excited.

The people you lead may not be the first to follow what you say, but they will be the first to follow what you do. As Ronald Reagan said, “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; then get out of the way.”

Thank you for allowing me to express what we have learned during this great adventure.

Want to be a part of the 2016 LELA Command School or the 2016 CPM program? Find out more here:

The registration deadline is Friday, December 18, with an early bird registration deadline of Tuesday, December 1.

Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Command School Graduation Remarks: Laura Howard

Remarks by Laura Howard, PMC Director at the University of Kansas

Laura Howard

Laura Howard, PMC Director University of Kansas

Good afternoon. I am Laura Howard, the Director of the Public Management Center in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. It is a privilege as the public management center to manage the Kansas law enforcement leadership academy and to honor today the second graduating class of the command school.


This is not an endeavor that we at the Public Management Center do alone. We have been graced with committed partners, all focused on a collective vision of accessible, affordable law enforcement leadership training here in Kansas.


Our fine partners deserve thanks and gratitude for this commitment, Ed Peavey and his team here at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center; our fine committed practitioner/principal instructors who are here today that ensure that law enforcement professionals are a part of instructing and leading discussions with our command school participants; and our program manager, Jonathan Morris and the instructors from the PMC.


I’d also like to thank the law enforcement departments who supported today’s command school graduates. To the families of our graduates, thank you for supporting your family member, even though it meant even more days and nights away from home, family, children’s events and community activities.


Let me turn my attention to the graduates of the command school —


I’d like to share some words with you that were first spoken many years ago, but still have relevance today.   These words were spoken by President John F. Kennedy, on October 31, 1962, at the seventh session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.  Let me read a few excerpts from President Kennedy’s speech, which seem as relevant today as when the speech was first delivered.

Ladies and gentleman, I am anxious to come here this afternoon for several reasons. First, because of the extraordinary character of men [and women] who have rallied to the standard of premiere law enforcement organizations over the years and have served the public good.

I don’t think that our citizens are as aware as they should be….of the thousands of dedicated men and women who serve our country, who serve the public interest….who day in and day out maintain the strength of our society, and who provide us the security we need to follow our private lives.

This is so true of those of you who serve in police work, whether it is in a state, a county, a city, or community. Most of the time your work is unheralded; you are frequently subject to criticism.  When there is a failure, real or perceived, your failures are broadcast. 

What I want to emphasize today is the great obligation which all of our people owe to you and those like you who serve the great interest of our people in maintaining our society and permitting it to function. Your work protects the family.  Your work protects private property.  Your work permits us to go on with our social life and family life and to meet the responsibilities of a great nation. 

I want to say as President of the United States, how glad I am that you are at this Academy. This is extremely difficult and sophisticated work.  It involves the most detailed and complex modern communications.  It requires sophistication in understanding great amounts of information. It requires a great knowledge of human behavior.  It requires sophisticated law enforcement.  It requires a great knowledge and feeling for civil liberties, the rights of those who are accused as well as the rights of the innocents. 

All of this means that this academy fulfills a great public need. I want to express our thanks to all of you, who direct and lead our police work, as well as those you lead and direct, the men and women you serve with who make this country function, who make it what it is, who frequently travel with hazard and dangers to make it possible for us to carry out our lives. 

Our obligation to you is unlimited. Thank you for your service and commitment to professional, excellent law enforcement.