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
Has completed the POST Supervisory Course or possesses a POST Supervisory
Agencies in the POST reimbursement program will receive reimbursement for
subsistence and travel costs under Plan IV. The student must complete an
electronic TRR for reimbursement for each 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. Departments will be
billed once each class has been completed.
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