Chief Ferraris Completes Leadership Program
Jim Ferraris, Chief of Police of the city of Woodburn (Oregon) Police Department, Woodburn, Oregon, completed the Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Nov. 10, 2016.
The goal of the Executive Leaders Program is to enhance senior leaders’ capacity to develop policies and strategies while strengthening working relationships across the jurisdictional boundaries of regions, agencies, local-state-tribal-federal governments and the private sector. Students study the interdisciplinary concepts that comprise homeland security.
Chief Ferraris, a 38 year Oregon law enforcement veteran, was selected for this program because of his extensive experience and recognized leadership in the disciplines that comprise homeland security. Prior to his appointment in Woodburn, Chief Ferraris served with the Portland Police Bureau as the Assistant Chief of Police and with the Salem Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Police. Currently, Ferraris leads the emergency management program for the city of Woodburn.
Participants met for four one-week intensive sessions over a one-year period at the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. The 32 participants represent a snapshot of homeland security across the country and include professionals from the Department of Homeland Security, and agencies within it, as well as emergency management, the military, law enforcement, fire safety, state and municipal governments, public health, and the private sector.
The Executive Leaders Program was launched in August 2006. It is part of a series of graduate and executive level education programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and developed and conducted by the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security.