Motorola, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives to Honor Executive of the Year
South Carolina Chief to be Recognized at 2007 Conference
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - 27 July 2007 – Partnerships – whether with the nearby military base or the county sheriff – play a vital role in Police Chief Patty Jaye Garrett Patterson’s leadership style. Her willingness to forge bonds is one of the accomplishments that led the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) to choose the Sumter, S.C., leader as the group’s Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
NAWLEE and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) will honor Patterson at the group’s 12th annual conference today in Baton Rouge, La.
Patterson became the first female chief of a metro police department in South Carolina when she was named chief in 2001. The 1994 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy uses her 28 years of experience in law enforcement to lead a staff 185, including 119 sworn officers, whom she calls “a group of consummate professionals who I’m extremely proud to work with.’’
"Over her 28-year career in law enforcement, Chief Patty Jaye Garrett Patterson has distinguished herself as a pioneer, a dedicated public servant and a compassionate member of her community,’’ said NAWLEE President Laura Forbes. “Our award selection committee was highly impressed with her experience, hands-on leadership style, and activism on matters of public safety, especially those relating to vulnerable women and children. As a person and a police chief, Patty truly is an outstanding role model."
During her tenure in the city of about 42,000, the department has instituted a first-of-its-kind training program in conjunction with the Shaw Air Force Base, which is part of her jurisdiction. “This has allowed our veteran police officers to take advantage of the USAF Airmen Leadership School, where they hone their skills and bring their knowledge back to their peers and subordinates,’’ Patterson said. “With budget and time constraints that police departments face, this has been a wonderful opportunity for about 40 of our officers to really expand what’s available in their tool boxes.’’
A second South Carolina city police department is set to begin participating in the training, Patterson said. “We’ve opened the doors for that to happen.’’
As the county seat of Sumter County, the city of Sumter works closely with the sheriff’s department as well. Patterson said the two agencies, which are housed in the same building, share telecommunications, records and administrative departments. Patterson instituted a Citizens Assistance Unit, which staffs the front desk with an officer from each force. “This has really helped bring more timely help to citizens because they connect right there with an officer,’’ she said. “We have made it easier for people to file reports, look for police records or seek an emergency response from sworn officers.’’
Under Patterson’s leadership, officers participate in an annual inspection and recognition ceremony. “It’s a military-style parade and we invite a guest speaker and citizens come out for this,’’ Patterson said. “It’s a source of pride for the community too.’’
The Sumter department also points with pride to its grant for an Automated Fingerprint Identification System and its continued recognition under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), with recertifications during Patterson’s tenure in 2003 and 2006.
Patterson said during the department’s 2003 CALEA assessment, she was encouraged to take advantage of mentoring opportunities by Susan Kyzer, who went on to become NAWLEE president in 2006. Patterson said, “It’s been a rewarding experience for me to share ideas with so many other professionals through NAWLEE. The partnerships and mentoring are just invaluable.’’
“Motorola is proud of NAWLEE’s efforts to support women who are leaders in law enforcement and who devote their careers to public safety,’’ said Jackie Wasni, Motorola Communications & Electronics Inc. vice president.
Patterson will be welcoming NAWLEE members to Sumter when they gather for the 2008 conference. “We’re only 1½ hours from either the beach or the mountains,’’ she quipped.
In addition to Patterson’s remarks, NAWLEE members today will hear guest speaker Elaine Allison.
The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement.
NAWLEE is a non-profit organization sponsored and administered directly by law enforcement practitioners. Its mission is to serve and further the interests of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement. For more information, please visit www.nawlee.com
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Executive Director, NAWLEE