Karen Reed, acting Parole Administrator, is the first from the Division of Adult Parole Operations to graduate Command College.
A graduation ceremony was held in San Diego in August. Attending to show support were executives from state, county and city law enforcement agencies.
Jason Johnson, Chief Deputy Regional Administrator, represented CDCR at the graduation.
Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) continues to collaborate with institutions of higher learning, enabling graduates to apply Command College toward a master’s degree.
The University of San Diego (USD) offers a dual-track opportunity for those interested in academic credit, or entry into a graduate program to complete a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership (LEPSL).
Reed is currently one of three Command College graduates enrolled in USD’s Master of Science, LEPSL program. She continues her research in the demands of alternatives to incarceration and its impact on parole and community supervision.
What is Command College?
The primary goal of the college is to provide law enforcement leaders a course focusing on futures forecasting and innovation.
Students are exposed to leaders in the fields of:
- media relations
- political science
- and organizational leadership.
The program is presented at a master’s degree level, based on student-centered adult learning theories.
“We have had CDCR leaders in the programs since 2020, and it has been a success for POST, the other students in the program, and others who have graduated. As always, We are looking for more people who will be part of the next generation of public safety leadership. We have found there is a strong mutual benefit for both the state and local cops in the class and CDCR managers to learn from one another as they prepare for the future,” said Bob Harrison, POST Command College Program Manager.
Harrison is the retired Vacaville chief of police.
Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Jason Johnson thanked CDCR for continuing to invest in the department’s leaders.
“I’m very pleased to see the CDCR’s commitment toward developing its future leaders by offering programs such as the POST Command College that focuses on strategic foresight needed to influence the future direction of law enforcement organizations. Congratulations to all the graduates,” Johnson said.