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Simerly Selected for Scholarship to National Police Command School

Deputy Chief Emily SimerlyUTPD Deputy Chief Emily Simerly has received a scholarship to attend a national management and leadership training program for senior level police staff.

The intensive 10-week Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command aims to strengthen and deepen leadership at law enforcement agencies around the country. The course begins March 22 and will run until May 28.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is hosting the command school at its academy in Nashville. The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police provided the funds for Simerly’s scholarship.

The command school will combine academic principles with practical applications and focus on an array of critical leadership and management topics including planning and policies, organizational behavior and contemporary policing.

Simerly, who has served at UTPD for 26 years, oversees the department’s administrative division, which is composed of 36 staff members, including nine supervisors. She is responsible for recruitment of UTPD’s full-time staff. Other entities under her command include dispatch, technology management, training, quartermaster, fleet management, Community Relations Unit, police records and payroll and budget.