Academy offers advanced diversity awareness training for officers; fifth cohort begins this fall
MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University College of Education and Human Services and the Paducah Police Department are continuing their five-year partnership in offering the Cultural Leadership Academy (CLA), a professional development opportunity that provides officers with advanced training centered around diversity awareness.
The CLA’s origins trace back to 2014, when retired Paducah Assistant Chief of Police Brian Krueger recognized a need following racial violence in cities including Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of teenager Michael Brown. After connecting with the College of Education and Human Services, an advisory council was formed in 2015 with faculty from Murray State’s department of educational studies, leadership and counseling, who began meeting with members of the Paducah Police Department.
Murray State University associate professor Dr. Teresa Clark leads the CLA along with Dr. Landon Clark, coordinator for the University’s human development and leadership program.
The program curriculum focuses on topics ranging from intercultural leadership, social intelligence and nonverbal communication, ethical practices and community interaction, all with a goal of enhancing cultural competence in the Paducah Police Department. CLA traditionally operates on an in-person schedule, with two one-week sessions held annually at the Murray State Paducah Regional Campus.
The CLA’s fifth cohort is tentatively scheduled to begin training Aug. 31, following a temporary postponement in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Landon and I value our partnership with the Paducah Police Department through the Cultural Leadership Academy,” Teresa said. “We look forward to teaching a new cohort of law enforcement professionals this fall, as we commemorate the fifth year of the program.”
To learn more about the Cultural Leadership Academy and how your local agencies may participate, contact Teresa at 270-809-6956.