On Aug. 5, Evanston Police Deputy Chief Aretha Barnes successfully completed the 65th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Program at Boston University. SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum that provides senior police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government, as well as discussions of the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives today. The course was three weeks long and brought together faculty from top universities, successful law enforcement chief executives, and subject matter experts from the private sector. SMIP’s curriculum addresses the issues that demand the attention of today’s forward-thinking law enforcement leaders.
SMIP gives participants a clear understanding of general management theory, policy development, planning processes, and organizational behavior. Topics such as diversity, political management, organizational strategy, performance management, organizational change, leadership, managerial problem-solving, career planning, negotiation, process analysis, media relations, and new policing strategies and innovations were discussed. Deputy Chief Barnes stated, “It was an honor to participate in the program. Although the classwork was beneficial, I found the collaborative discussions about our individual experiences and exchanging of ideas to be the most rewarding.”