We would like to welcome you to the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association website. If you are a member, use the links under Members Only to navigate to restricted members-only items. If you are not a member, join through the link under Membership. 

Our members occupy the top levels in law enforcement organizations around the country yet we all share a common goal: To ensure that policing and leadership skills are of the highest caliber. When you attend our annual training, you will have opportunities to meet other leaders to network and share common issues,goals and missions and to learn the latest in policing.

Lieutenant Alan Bledsoe
President, SPIAA

Executive Board 2019-2021

SPIAAA - The Auxiliary

Honoring SPIAA Members and Associates

Annual Training

The SPIAA Annual Training Conference is open to all law enforcement.  We cover topics of interest concerning policing in today's world and policing in spite of today's environment.  Our Training Conference attracts leaders in all areas of policing as well as scientists, psychologists, police trainers, criminal justice educators, as well as federal, state and local individuals in criminal justice fields.

Best of all, our training is affordable to police departments.

During the conference period, families of registrants are able to participate in tours and events set up by the organization and by the Auxiliary.  Early morning or in the evening, he SPIAA conducts board business, meets with members, and elects its new officers.  The 2021 Annual Training will be held in Spartanburg, SC. 

Plan on joining us there.

To the incoming 144th AOC:

I would like to welcome you to the family. The journey you are about to begin is challenging and will seem, in the beginning, to be overwhelming. I the first week you will believe that there is no way you can get it all done. By week three you will have fallen into your grove. Your agencies saw something in you that led them to send you to this course and now is your time to shine. As a member of the 130th, this course was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I made lifelong friendships and learned what it really meant to be an effective leader. Each of you will take something different away from this course and it will all be personally rewarding to you and beneficial to your agency.

You are all about to join an elite group that has been producing stellar leaders since 1951. We owe it to our troops as well as the public we serve to be the absolute best we can be and this course is one large step in that direction. Congratulations to you on being selected and I am hoping we will get the chance to share a meal at some point during your course. At that time we will shamelessly come to recruit you into the Alumni Association. Enjoy your time in Louisville and rest assured that you are in good hands with some of the best instructors in the country.

Your class has the distinction of participation during what I have come to call the COVID era. This will make a very challenging course even more so. I know that you all will have what it takes to rise to the challenge. Be sure to take what you learn here back to your departments with a renewed spirit and take care of each other. If there is anything that the alumni association can do to assist any of you, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

Lt. Alan Bledsoe
SPIAA President
AOC 130

The Southern Police Institute

The Southern Police Institute is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. It is an advanced education and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners. We accomplish this mission by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation.

Since the creation of the Southern Police Institute in 1951, its program of instruction has been grounded in the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation. The Southern Police Institute was established by its founders to provide a place where that preparation can be undertaken. The present faculty and staff dedicate themselves to this mission and continue to maintain the standards of excellence established by our founders. They are uniquely qualified as researchers, consultants, teachers and former law enforcement practitioners to guide and to direct the educational needs of today's law enforcement professionals.

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