Bianchi C. Gonzalez
Miami Dade Police Department Specialized Training Unit
The traditional command-and-control style of leadership is, quite simply, an unsustainable and risky approach to motivating and managing civilian employees. According to the FBI, over 30% of all employees working in police agencies today are civilians. But many uniformed/sworn commanders struggle to adjust their management style to meet the needs of the changing workforce in 21st century law enforcement. As a result, the internal workings of many police agencies are unstable, chaotic, and unnecessarily stressful.
This 3-day workshop will teach attendees critical skills and concepts related to the management of civilian employees. Best practices in HR management will be explained and modeled so that attendees know and appreciate the value of “soft skills” in creating a strong, effective work environment.
The workshop is taught by John Collins, a nationally known and respected instructor and consultant with over 20 years of experience in forensic science and law enforcement. He is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management and has a Masters degree in Organizational Management. John presents real-world methods and scenarios to help students apply what they learn.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
John M. Collins Jr. is a teacher and writer specializing in human resource management and organizational development in forensic science laboratories. He is a 20-year forensic science veteran, working as a firearm & toolmark examiner, laboratory director, and state system director. He is now the president and founder of the Forensic Foundations Group near Lansing, Michigan.
The Briggs J. White Award is the most prestigious award presented by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. It is granted in recognition of excellence through leadership in forensic science management. Recipients are those who “demonstrated the highest level of creativity, integrity, and dedication to duty resulting in significant advances in crime laboratory management.”
2008 - Present: Forensic Science Policy & Management – An International Journal
Editorial Board Member
FSPM is an international journal dedicated to management and policy issues in forensic science. It is published quarterly by Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1940-9036 (electronic) 1940-9044 (paper)
2002: Steve Molnar Award
Association of Firearm & Toolmark Examiners
Annual award presented for excellence in scientific publications.
1998: United States Department of the Treasury
Commendation for Excellence
Award presented for work conducted in association with the Eric Rudolph bombing case in Atlanta, Georgia, which made world- wide headlines. Work performed in this case received international attention resulting in contacts from investigators seeking assistance in two major international terrorist attacks in the last decade.