Capt. Brian Kapple (fourth from left) visits the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. with a group of fellow leadership academy participants. In the center is their tour guide and Holocaust survivor Emanuel "Manny" Mandel.
Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Police Department
Ohio University Police Cpt. Brian Kapple
Photo courtesy of: OUPD
Aug 6, 2014
By Gretchen Gregory
Ohio University Police Department Capt. Brian Kapple has successfully graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Academy, which gave him a fresh, new perspective on leadership and management skills which he believes will benefit the overall campus community.
The 12-week academy in Columbus was designed as a leadership and management program for Ohio’s public safety sector, and included 33 officers from 22 different departments across the state.
Collectively, they learned about leadership theories and effectiveness, interpersonal and organizational communication, public management, organizational culture and ethics, human resource management, budgeting and organizational behavior in law enforcement.
“Meeting those professionals was an unexpected bonus as I was able to develop some great personal and professional friendships,” Kapple said. “The networking was amazing and I was able to add some of their knowledge to my own toolbox.”
Besides academics, officers completed volunteer work in Columbus and visited the Washington D.C. area, where they toured Antietam National Battlefield, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Marine Corps Base Quantico Marine.
“We were given a private tour of the Holocaust Museum and it was this visit that had the greatest impact on me,” said Kapple, a 12 year veteran at OUPD. “Our tour guide was Emanuel ‘Manny’ Mandel and he was a survivor of the Holocaust and I was very fortunate to land in his group. The emphasis on this visit was to show us how state and local law enforcement in Germany contributed to the beginning of the persecution by not upholding their sworn duties by trying to stop the atrocities that were unfolding. Manny’s first-hand knowledge was an unexpected experience for me.”
Closer to home in Columbus, Kapple was paired with a group that volunteered with Lower Lights Ministries in Columbus performing various types of volunteerism.
Kapple’s most memorable moment volunteering was during work at Rachel’s House, a re-entry program for women who are transitioning back into society from prison. “We cooked dinner for the residents while everyone traded their life experiences. It was interesting to hear about the resident’s life histories and what they have been doing to make positive lifestyle changes,” he said.
About the Public Safety Leadership Academy
The accredited, college-level training was offered through a partnership with The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs at no cost to agencies. Funding was provided by using casino tax revenue that was distributed to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services for the purpose of supporting law enforcement training efforts.
Participants received 10 semester hours of academic credit, along with a certificate of senior leadership through OSU.
“Investing in Ohio’s future leaders is critical to the safety and security of our state,” said John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. “The Public Safety Leadership Academy is an investment in Ohio’s law enforcement leaders so they may go forward in their careers and continue to effectively lead others.”