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Posted on: November 22, 2023

Two MCPD Sergeants Graduate from MDP

Two male police officers in long sleeve uniforms hold framed graduation certificates

Two members of the Morehead City Police Department successfully completed the Management Development Program, which spanned the past eleven months. 

Sgt. Franklin Rice and Sgt. Zach Leach graduated from the Law Enforcement Management Development Program through South Piedmont Community College in November. This course was administered by the North Carolina Justice Academy. Each month, Sgt. Rice and Sgt. Leach attended five days worth of classes, and one session was online. In addition, they conducted physical exercises and an endurance challenge. 

According to the course document, it is a program that “exposes law enforcement supervisors to the topics and issues critical to operating a modern, professional and effective law enforcement organization.”

Morehead City Chief of Police Bryan Dixon praised the hard work of Sgts. Rice and Leach. “As a graduate of the Management Development Program myself, I can speak to the commitment necessary to be successful within the program. This same commitment, going above and beyond, reflects the motivated spirit I feel is inherent in law enforcement leadership roles and service to our community. I appreciate the personal sacrifices these gentlemen made to not only better themselves, but our Department.”

The class had 13 participants from across the state, and Sgt. Rice was the Vice President of the 2023 program. In order to be accepted, they had to complete the application process, have approval from Chief Dixon, and pass a panel interview. 

“It was a great class to prepare me for a future in law enforcement leadership,” said Sgt. Leach. “I appreciate the department allowing me to participate.”

“It was definitely a challenging class over eleven weeks, and challenging of the body, mind and spirit,” said Sgt. Rice. “And it was great networking across the state, with officers from here to the other side. There was strong leadership training and it taught us philosophies to bring back to Morehead City,” he added. 


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