The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) announced the graduation of 2nd Lt. Robert Hesson, a member of its leadership staff, from the 39th session of the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS)
Hesson, a 16-year veteran, graduated from the intensive three-week leadership education program Nov 18. He serves in LCSO’s Courts and Corrections Division as an administrative supervisor.
“The PELS Program ensures our leadership staff will continue to receive training at the highest levels to continue to improve service, efficiency and professionalism,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said.
The program is conducted in cooperation with the University of Richmond, and designed for individuals who serve in command or executive level positions within their agencies.
The objective is to acquaint participants with best practices in leadership, challenge them to reflect upon their own leadership competency, and examine ways of achieving both personal and professional growth. Participants are recommended to the program by command staff, Public Information Officer Aleksandra Kowalski said.
The classes are held on the University’s campus in Richmond, with faculty from the Robins School of Business, Management Institute, Jepson School of Leadership Studies and other divisions of the university.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, LCSO has had 11 members of its leadership staff enroll and graduate.