First Line Supervision Course

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Online Registration available HERE.

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April 22 – May 10, 2019

The First Line Supervision course is offered via a blended course of instructional delivery consisting of 3 days in a retreat setting where learners are required to stay on location. This is followed the next week with 3 days of facilitated distance learning. In the third week the learner will participate in 4 days of classroom instruction at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte, MI, for a total of 80 instructional hours.

The instructional format is problem-based learning (PBL) – the next generation in law enforcement training. PBL is defined as a “teaching or training method characterized by the use of ‘real world’ problems as a context for individuals to learn critical thinking and problem solving skills and acquire knowledge. It involves both knowing and doing.” (Lepinski) Another definition is “an instructional method in which the teacher builds instruction around a practical problem and encourages pupils to discuss the problem in small groups, with an aim to cultivate active learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among them.” (Lahden) The instructor provides the learning environment and then relinquishes spotlight and allows the student to learn the material at their own pace and through the method that works best for him/her. The instructor switches from instruction, where they provide the material, to facilitation, during which time the facilitator guides the student through learning and understanding.

The cadre of facilitators for this course includes Captain Phillip Langmeyer, Bloomfield Township Police Department; Sergeant Jeremy Herfert, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office; Chief Ken Plaga, Meridian Township Police Department; Cindy Herfert, Lieutenant (Retired) Flint Police Department; and June Werdlow-Rogers (retired) SAC DEA. The facilitators have successfully completed the 400-hour MSU School of Staff and Command and are familiar with the problem-based learning format in addition to their individual expertise in various course topics.

The fee ($1300) includes meals and lodging for 3 days of retreat as well as break refreshments for 4 classroom days at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte, MI; and all handouts and access to D2L – the on-line learning management system.

This course is MCOLES approved for 302 funds and SNC approved for 911 dispatch training funds.  MCOLES certification is available to Michigan residents. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available upon successful completion of the 80-hour course.

Participants must have access to a computer and a webcam. Click here to review recommended browsers and computers supported by Michigan State University’s on-line learning management software, Desire 2 Learn (D2L).

Application Information

Spring 2019 Course Brochure available HERE.

Problem based learning requires a smaller class size than traditional classroom instruction. All participants must be registered prior to the first day of class. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

If you are a currently enrolled graduate or upper level undergraduate student at Michigan State University and will be enrolling for academic credit (3 credits), contact traincj@msu.edu (please expect a response to email inquiries within 48hrs.) or call 517-355-2197 for additional information.

If you are not a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student at Michigan State University and would like to receive information on obtaining Michigan State University Lifelong Education academic credits, visit the MSU RO: Lifelong Education web page.

This course is MCOLES approved for 302 funds and SNC approved for 911 dispatch training funds.  MCOLES certification is available to Michigan residents. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available upon successful completion of the 80-hour course.

Lieutenant (retired) Cindy Herfert

Cynthia Herfert - OutreachCindy Herfert serves as an Outreach Academic Specialist for the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, providing in-service trainings to police officers and military personnel from across the United States. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU. Cindy is a graduate of the 10th MSU School of Staff and Command class. Cindy joined the Flint Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In 2014 Cindy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for the Patrol Division and the Traffic Division. Cindy retired from the Flint Police Department in 2015. Cindy held a variety of positions during her career, including; uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, gang investigation, homicide investigation, planning and budgeting, and community policing.

Contact Info: herfertc@msu.edu

Sergeant Jeremy Herfert

First Line Supervision Course Instructor Jeremy HerfertSergeant Jeremy Herfert is with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to supervise Patrol. He is also a Medical Examiner Investigator, a supervisor for the Field Training program and the director of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office Dive Search and Recover Team. He is a 1997 graduate of Michigan State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He has been with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department since 1997. Jeremy was promoted to Sergeant in 2006. Jeremy has held positions in the Detective Bureau and Road Patrol, along with administrative duties of developing and revising policies, developing an employee evaluation program, and assisting in the hiring process for the department. Jeremy is a graduate of the 11th Michigan State University School of Staff and Command class.

Contact Info: jherfert@lapeercounty.org

Captain Phillip Langmeyer

Photo of Phillip LangmeyerCaptain Langmeyer is a 1989 graduate of the Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the second class of the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command. Phil began his career with the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer. He moved on to Bloomfield Township in 1992 and has been there for the past 17 years. Recently, he has been assigned as a Road Patrol Lieutenant, after spending seven years as the Administrative Lieutenant. As the Administrative Lieutenant, Phil was responsible for budgeting, grants, recruiting and hiring, and functioned as the departmental training coordinator. Throughout his career Phil has had many responsibilities, including Evidence Technician, School Liaison Officer, Field Training Officer, TASER Instructor and Reality Based Training Instructor.

Contact Info: plangmeyer@bloomfieldtwp.org

Assistant Chief Ken Plaga

Ken Plaga has worked for the Meridian Township Police Department since 1995.  Prior to joining the Meridian Township Police Department, he worked as a Public Safety Officer for Blackman Township.  A/C Plaga holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.  Ken is also a graduate of the 229th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.  Ken has served in many positions including Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Services Division Commander, and Uniform Division Commander. A/C Plaga has also instructed undergraduate classes for Michigan State University.

Contact Info: plagaken@msu.edu

June Werdlow Rogers

June Werdlow Rogers is a dedicated crime-fighter. She earned a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Maryland and after serving 28 years in in law enforcement (local and federal), she retired as DEA's New England Special Agent in Charge in 2008. Since then, she has authored several books including Cracking the Double Standard Code and Now Hiring Criminal Justice Professionals and focuses on educating criminal justice professionals. From speaking at national conferences or in college classrooms to writing published works, Dr. Rogers’ goal is always preventing victimization and offending as reflected in her latest work with The Youth Connection entitled The Boss of me is Me (2016), an interactive notebook designed to help teens live crime-free.

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Syllabus available HERE.

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