Southeastern Leadership Academy (SELA)




Interactive instruction from top law enforcement personnel is just part of the new, five-week Southeastern Leadership Academy,

 formerly the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy.

Each week will focus around themed lessons: Foundations of Leadership/Leading Others, Leadership Skills, Building External Relationships, Employee/Internal Matters and Critical Issues. The academy, which is targeted toward middle management, will challenge participants to develop their leadership styles in order to become more effective and progressive leaders.

This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs and is supported by Award #23123,  awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, USDOJ.

SELA Session III will begin July 9, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN.


  • July 9 - July 13, 2018

  • July 16 - July 20, 2018  

  • September 10 - September 14, 2018

  • October 8 - October 12, 2018

  • November 5 - November 9, 2018

  • November 9, 2018, GRADUATION 

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"The SELA program has the full support of our Association as well as numerous law enforcement agencies across Tennessee and the southeast region. A majority of departments simply cannot afford to send officers to leadership development training that requires a commitment of consecutive months away from duties and assignments. SELA makes it much easier for departments, there is no vast interruption of staffing, and proper staffing is critical for effective supervision and consistent service to our communities."

Chief Kim Wallace, Former President, Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and Chief of Police in Dover, Tennessee


"The one week a month training format assists our department in staffing by not having them absent for an extended period of time. It aids in their ability to maintain a family life, as many of them have commitments that would not allow them to be absent for extended periods."

Chief Sterling P. Owen IV, Retired, Knoxville Police Department


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