By Scott Bolthouse
Robert Kelch, a sergeant with the Huron Township Police Department, graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program during a ceremony on Oct. 28.
Kelch is the department’s sergeant in charge of Professional Standards.
“Our goal is to provide our public safety command staff with consistent and professional training as it relates to their leadership in delivering quality service to our residents. The Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command is one of the preeminent programs in the country that focuses on the executive level training and development,” said Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.
The program consists of a 10-month long training period which convenes for one 40-hour week per month. Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command has a reputation for excellence, and is supported by quality instructors and law enforcement professionals who make up the foundation of the unique educational training program.
This excellence is supported through comments from graduates who have stated publicly that the knowledge, skills and abilities learned assisted them in problem analysis, management situations, project management, grant funding projects, managing fiscal budgets, and managing personnel matters.
“Sgt. Kelch is the true example of a leader who challenges not only himself, but all of us to be better every day. As the leader of our Field Training Unit, he is a great mentor to the new officers on our department; he is someone they truly look up to,” Robbins said.
“I was very proud to watch with Sgt. Kelch’s wonderful family as he received his certificate. This is a very intense training which includes a master’s level research project. The residents can look forward to a presentation of his research project at an upcoming board meeting; his project will be something that enriches the already great relationship we have with our community. He represented our community well and he should be proud of his efforts.”
Kelch’s current coworkers at the Huron Police Department see him as a true leader and someone to model their day-to-day after.
“Since the day I started, Sgt. Kelch has always played a strong leadership role in my development as a young officer. Sgt. Kelch is always the first one to tell us when we are doing a great job and working hard. It is a great feeling to know that that your Sergeant feels a sense of pride when he notices your hard work. As a newer officer, there is nothing like having a Sergeant that you can call at home at 4 a.m. with a question and knowing he always has your back. I will always look up to him and appreciate his leadership,” said Officer Tom Smith.
“Sergeant Kelch is not only a leader, but a great teacher as well. He leads us by example every day. I hope someday to be the leader and person that he is,” said Officer Thomas Hickman.
Other Huron Township public safety staff that have graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command include: Everette Robbins, director of public safety, James Hinojosa, Huron Township fire chief, Deputy Police Chief Mark Perkins, Huron Fire Captains Bradley Bauman and Shawn Williams, and Detective Lieutenant Leo Girard.