Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Ray Helm First in County to Graduate from Leadership Command College
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Ray Helm recently became the first Hays County law enforcement officer to graduate from the Leadership Command College of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
“This level of education and training is a game changer for our department and should be an inspiration for other departments to follow,” Precinct 3 Constable Darrell Ayres said.
The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.
“This is the best school in Texas and one of the best in the country for developing the leadership skills that can take Hays County forward as we grow,” said Helm, who began his career as a deputy constable with Precinct 1 in 2003 and transferred to Precinct 3 in 2007. “Hays County residents and visitors expect and deserve the highest standards from us, and this top-level training will allow me to bring that quality of service to them as I lead and train other deputies.”
Each of the three three-week modules is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. The first module focused on leadership and is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University; the second module, taught at Texas Women’s University, delved into the political, legal, physical education and social environment of law enforcement and the third module – law enforcement administration – was held at Sam Houston State University.
At the conclusion of the third module, students present a Leadership White Paper and oral defense to LEMIT staff, law enforcement chiefs of staff, current professors and course alumni.
Helm noted that many who start the 9-week intensive training fail to finish. Only 1,600 officers have graduated since the program began in 1990 and only 25 graduated in his class.
An avid student, Helm has completed numerous other courses to enhance his ability to serve Hays County. He is a certified field training officer, firearms instructor and mental health officer, as well as a Taser instructor. At the Wimberley office he supervises eight deputies, manages the budget and recently worked with Constable Ayres to develop the first bicycle program for law enforcement in the county. In 2011 he was named Hays County Deputy Constable of the Year.
The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, offers numerous programs. The Institute, known as "LEMIT," has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the Leadership Command College, which is one of the premiere law enforcement executive development programs in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs, affording eligible Texas law enforcement managers and executive's essential professional development. Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.
Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Ray Helm received his diploma from Dr. Rita Watkins, director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University upon his graduation from the Leadership Command College in August.