Agency Participation Considerations
To be considered for enrollment in the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI), each applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Volunteers or requests to attend
- Agrees to remain employed in law enforcement for five years after SBSLI
- Currently serves as a full-time, first-level supervisory peace officer (generally the position of Sergeant)
- Has completed two years of full-time experience supervising peace officer employees
- Has completed the POST Supervisory Course or possesses a POST Supervisory Certificate
Agencies in the POST reimbursement program will receive reimbursement for subsistence and travel costs under Plan IV. The student must bring a POST 2-273 Training Reimbursement Request (pdf) to each class session for reimbursement.
Agencies that are not in the POST reimbursement program must pay a pre-determined tuition as set each year by the Commission. For budgeting purposes, departments will be billed each July for sessions completed during the prior fiscal year.
Classes are conducted at various locations throughout the state. Training managers will be notified of the location and dates after applicants have been assigned to a class.
Attendance and Class Information
Students are required to live at the course site while the course is in session. The SBSLI consists of eight 24-hour sessions held approximately every four weeks. The total course hours are 192. Students are expected to attend all sessions but are allowed to miss 16 total hours of class time so long as not more than one eight-hour day per 24-hour session is missed. Evening social activities are strongly encouraged.
Each class is structured to accommodate 24 students. Class composition is managed to ensure a diverse student body utilizing such factors as agency size and type as well as geographical location. At the completion of the program, a commencement ceremony is held for successful students.
A considerable amount of reading and writing is required between sessions on the student's own time. A minimum of two books are assigned per session and written book reviews of both are required. Students must be prepared to discuss the readings and take part in all learning activities as well as actively participate in classroom discussions. A final team project is completed and presented in session eight.
The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Network is a secure academic network specifically created for the SBSLI program. Messages along with assignments may be posted and read by current SBSLI students and their facilitators.