The University of Southern Mississippi Global Institute for Law Enforcement
Supervision (GILES) has started a new program at its Gulf Park campus
in conjunction with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
GILES was established
in 2002 as a part of the Southern Miss Department of Criminal Justice
and is the only program of its kind anywhere.
With help from
Harrison County Sheriff, George Payne and Dr. Julian Allen, director
of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute at Gulf Park, Dr.
Alan Thompson of the Southern Miss Department of Criminal Justice
was able to obtain a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute
of Justice. The grant provides supervision and computer program
investigation training to agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana
and Mississippi through a two-year pilot program.
is in the works and will be submitted to expand GILES from a four-
state pilot program to a 50-state national program. The strategic
vision for GILES' future is to expand the program into other countries.
in the program, Chief Lon Pepper of the Greenville Police Department,
sees the benefits for the state of Mississippi, in particular.
Miss GILES program will be one of the most beneficial supervisory
programs for the law community in Mississippi," said Pepper.
"Supervisors will gain first-hand knowledge and education without
having their agencies face almost insurmountable budget and manpower
FLETC is headquartered
in Brunswick, Ga., and for 30 years has trained America's federal
officers and agents. It services 76 federal agencies and is the
largest law enforcement-training establishment in the country.
was spearheaded by Ned Futoran, program manager for the FLETC Distributed
Learning Program (DLP) and Dr. Neal Trautman, visiting professor
at Southern Miss and director of both GILES and the National Institute
of Ethics, which is the largest provider in the nation of police
In 2003, GILES
and FLECT collaborated their efforts and began to work out the details
of the program. "After several meetings, GILES and FLECT agreed
that the library of over 2,300 quality Internet courses, combined
with the Sergeants Academy model developed by GILES, was a viable,
effective and efficient way to deliver
training to officers, even for those agencies who could not send
them to leadership seminars," said Trautman.
FLETC has an
annual budget of approximately $200 million and is currently undergoing
a $144 million expansion for new and improved facilities.
Office of State and Local Training and International programs division,
FLETC provides training programs for local, state and foreign law
are designed to meet training needs not generally available to these
agencies and to enhance networking and cooperation throughout the
law enforcement community, domestically as well as worldwide,"
In order to
complete the program, graduates must complete 200 hours of Internet
supervision courses through the FLETC's virtual campus Web site,
attend three one-and-a-half day seminars presented by GILES instructors,
and develop and implement a supervision assignment within their
the program is a success and is looking forward to the partnership.
"It is our intent to do whatever is in our power to support
this innovative, visionary program incepted by Trautman to ensure
the long-term success and effectiveness of this program," said
Futoran. "We believe that it will bring great credit to the
university nationally and internationally, as well as to FLETC."
For more information
on GILES, call (228) 214-3507.