Collier County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Chief Stephanie Spell recently graduated from the FBI National Academy’s Florida Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.
Chief Spell attended the prestigious program on Amelia Island on Aug. 30-Sept. 4.
The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, or LEEDS, is designed for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies. Chief Spell was one of 68 graduates of Class XVII. She is among more than 1,300 executives from around Florida to graduate from the seminar since its inception in 1981.
The seminar enables participants to reflect upon and regroup for the next stage of their careers. Executives are provided with instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor relations, media relations, social issues, current trends, and police programs. The environment of the seminar is conducive to independent thought and study.
Participants have the opportunity to exchange plans, problems, and solutions with their peers; to develop new thoughts and ideas; and to share successes of their own communities.
Chief Spell has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987.
As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Public Information and Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Crime Analysis, Planning and Research, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs and Volunteers.
Chief Spell earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety management and a master’s degree in administration. She is an adjunct professor at Barry University and currently serves on the board of directors of the Leadership Collier Foundation. She is also chairperson of the board of directors of Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. and vice-president of the board of directors of Youth Haven. Chief Spell was also named as one of the 2013 Women of Power by Florida Weekly.