An Isanti County investigator is now a graduate of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Management Programs.
Wayne Seiberlich, an investigator with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, graduated May 31 from the BCA Management Programs.
Seiberlich explained the program consisted of 98 hours of classroom training that was completed in three months.
“This program was leadership and supervisory orientated,” Seiberlich said. “Every class we attended was different. Mostly detectives or supervisors attended this class. It’s for people who desire to be in a leadership role. The training was great.”
Isanti County Chief Deputy Chris Caulk supported Seiberlich’s participation in the training.
“It’s important for our office to have the most cutting-edge technology, and to be up to date with training and leadership,” Caulk said. “It’s important for our investigators to be able to take part in this leadership who have a desire to be in a leadership position down the road.”
Seiberlich explained the classes were held in different locations throughout Minnesota.
“A wide variety of classes were offered on topics such as morals, ethics, different supervisory techniques, dealing with employees, dealing with issues and more,” Seiberlich said. “The program offered new perspectives and ideas on management, and it gave us a much broader picture on how to deal and manage employees when you are in a supervisory position.”
Seiberlich said the program provided a new understanding.
“This program really gives you a much broader picture to look at,” Seiberlich said. “It made you realize that it’s not always a black-or-white issue. It really helped you prepare for a leadership role in the future.”
Isanti County Sheriff Bill Guenther said it’s a good program for officers to enroll in if they have a desire to be in a leadership position.
“I wish they would have had a course like this back in the day when I was put into a leadership position,” Guenther said. “A course like this offers a great foundation for future leaders and supervisors. I’m really proud of Investigator Seiberlich.”
Caulk said he wishes the department would have more funding for officers to attend trainings.
“I think it’s great that Wayne, and others in this department, are motivated to go to trainings and conventions,” Caulk said. “It’s always hard for us as administrators to find the funding for these classes, but it’s important to offer these trainings when we can. I always feel it’s better to rely on our own people for expertise rather than paying others.”
Seiberlich, who has been with the sheriff’s department for 11 years, appreciates the opportunity he was given.
“I really feel a sense of accomplishment,” Seiberlich said. “I feel like I can apply what I’ve learned right away even though I’m not in a supervisory role. But I think what I’ve learned I can apply to my work every day.”