by: JEFF MCDONALD  - Capt. Jason Alexander of the Woodburn Police Department shows off his diploma from Northwestern University for Public Safety in Nashville, Tenn., where he recently completed 10 weeks of administrative training. Fresh from a rigorous training program in Nashville, Tenn., Capt. Jason Alexander brought back a few lessons that he hopes will benefit Woodburn and its police department.

Alexander, 39, spent 10 weeks at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in the School of Police Staff and Command, which is one of three recognized schools for law enforcement administrators. The other two are the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. and Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

“The training gave me the skills to be able to do my job more efficiently,” Alexander said. “If I want to pursue higher levels of law enforcement, this gives me the tools to make me a success.”

With the training, Alexander honed his skills in management, budgeting, leadership and human resources, he said. He also improved his knowledge of state and federal employment laws.

The training, which cost $3,500, served WPD and Woodburn in two ways, said Chief Scott Russell.

Alexander, who as captain runs the support division, including detectives, records, code enforcement and evidence, shares second in command with Capt. Doug Garrett.

“This helps him to operate in my place if I’m gone or incapacitated,” Russell said. “It is very important that we have the right people with capabilities to step up if we need them.”

Additionally, the training gives Alexander “the right tools in his toolbox” to share updated knowledge with departmental leadership and throughout the department, Russell said.

“It’s been 10 or 11 years since Capt. Garrett and I have been in advanced training,” he said. “We have a new generation of workers and laws that change all the time. We can distill from (Alexander) the things we need to learn.”

Alexander has brought back specific knowledge in the area of informational policing, which the department has relied upon in tight budget years.

“It’s one thing to look at the numbers daily to say we’ve had five burglaries in this area,” he said. “But with this training, I will be able to understand how many officers it will take to work those numbers more efficiently.”

While some officers dropped out of the program, Alexander scored a 96.5 percent, he said.

While he was able to attend one University of Tennessee’s football game and enjoy lots of Southern cooking and culture, he spent most of his time in the classroom or with his head in the books.

“This has been a personal goal of mine to go to an executive level training,” he said. “It’s an honor to be able to go through one of these courses and complete the work.”

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