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Celebrating a Quarter Century of Excellence

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Welcome to CLEE   *   What is CLEE?   *   CLEE Video   *   Board Members & Faculty
Recent Graduates   *   Awards Information   *   Training Location & Cost

Thomas D. Pyle II, CLEE
Chief of Police
City of Athens Police Department
FBI-NA 214


On behalf of the entire CLEE board of contributors, I would like to welcome you to our CLEE web cleelogosite, and congratulate you for taking the first step in obtaining undoubtedly some of the finest law enforcement leadership training in the world.

Please take the time to peruse our offerings, and as you do, I would ask you to think about how each of the dimensions found within the CLEE curriculum play a role in your daily professional life.  If you were presented an opportunity to enhance your knowledge skill and ability to become a more effective leader and to help shape the future of our great profession of law enforcement, would you not take it?  That opportunity is precisely what the OACP and LEF are offering you through your attendance to CLEE.  Upon the successful completion of CLEE you will become a member of a fraternity within law enforcement that is indeed responsible for the future of policing, and you will undoubtedly have an opportunity to make a difference not just within your home community, but within the walls of your home agency.

I can honestly say that in all the education and training I have acquired in the past 30 years, my experience in CLEE was the most beneficial and best suited for leading within the ranks of the law enforcement profession and I believe whole heartedly you will find it as richly rewarding as I have.

What is CLEE?

The Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) is a formal program of leadership training presented by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation for police officers (sergeant and higher rank) who are at the executive level or who wish to progress to executive levels in their agency. Preparation includes self-study and a day of “in-residence study” with a highly qualified instructor for each of the ten modules. Study materials include required readings from books and articles, chapter exercises, and case studies. Participants will be evaluated on the ten different learning modules through written tests or case studies over a 14-month period, and through an oral presentation at the conclusion of the course.  Participants will be evaluated on the ten different learning modules through written tests or case studies over a 14-month period, and through an oral presentation at the conclusion of the course. Graduate credit can be arranged through Tiffin University, and Franklin University, Columbus.

Admittance to CLEE requires candidates to meet a minimum of 500 career points that considers these dimensions: law enforcement and executive experience, formal education, continuing education, and professional related experience, including: professional service, community service, scheduled speaking and instruction, articles published, and honors received.

Once a student successfully graduates from CLEE, they must maintain their CLEE certification by re-certifying every three years where continued involvement in the above dimensions are reviewed.

The CLEE in-residence classes take place at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, Columbus. Currently, tuition and room and board are waived for students from Ohio law enforcement agencies thanks to a generous grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The ten inter-connected and inter-related modules covered in CLEE include:

Change Management
Vision, Mission & Guiding Principles
Interpersonal Skills
Human Resources & Team Facilitation

Police Legitimacy and Community Relations
Practical Leadership Modules for Law Enforcement Executives
Strategic Planning
Police Resource Allocation & Budgeting
Organizational Risk Management

Five Hundred Fifty-Nine (559) students have graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program since its origin in 1996 to present. Twenty-six classes have graduated each year since its inception.  The current class (XXVII) will graduate in February 2023.  Applications are being taken for the next class (XXVIII) that will commence in December 2022.


• Practical and Challenging Executive Education
• Focus on Leadership Skills Required in the 21st Century
• Lifelong Professional and Personal Rewards
• Network Opportunities with Others Committed to Excellence
• Recognition for Professional Achievement

Watch a video About CLEE

Meet the Faculty

Gordon Graham

Chief Gene Ferrara

Dr. James McKean

Randy Means, J.D.

Dr. Thomas Meloni, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick Oliver

Gar Trusley

Dr. Alex Weiss

Lt. Howard Powers (ret)

Executive Board Members

Chief Randall Campana, CLEE, Mill Creek Metroparks PD, D3
Superintendent Richard S. Fambro, Ohio State Highway Patrol, D1
Chief Robert Fisher, CLEE, Ret’d., Hilliard PD, D1
Cmdr. David Blake Griffith, Jr., CLEE, Columbus PD, D1

Chief John Jones, CLEE, Oxford PD, D4

Chief Edward Kinney, CLEE, Medina PD, D3
Chief George Lichman, II, CLEE, Rocky River PD, D3
Chief Kevin Martin, CLEE, Lima PD, D2
Chief Jeffrey Mitchell, CLEE, Lebanon PD, D4
Capt. Adam Moore, CLEE, Delaware PD, D1
Chief Roy Mosley, III, CLEE, Brimfield Twp. (Portage) PD, D3

Capt. Bryan Snavely, CLEE, Stow PD, D3
Cmdr. Michael Springer, CLEE, Ret’d., Columbus PD, D1
Public Svcs. Director, Keith Torbet, CLEE, City of Wauseon, D2
Chief Robert Ware, II, CLEE, Worthington PD, D1

Director James Willock, Jr., CLEE, Kent State University at Trumbull, D3

Congratulations to CLEE XXVI Graduates (Graduation Ceremony: February 11, 2022)

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