Hasbrouck Heights Police Chief Michael J.
Colaneri graduated from the New Jersey State Association of
Chiefs of Police West Point Command and Leadership Program
on September 18, 2007.
Chief Colaneri graduated at the top of his
class and also received "The Chief Harry Wilde Academic
Achievement Award" for academic excellence.
Candidates with the greatest leadership potential
are selected for this highly competitive and prestigious statewide
The 14-week program provides comprehensive
leadership training for command-level law enforcement officers
serving New Jersey’s municipal, county, state and university
The West Point Command and Leadership Program
was created to address the needs of law enforcement agencies
for continued leadership development.
The program is part of an active collaboration
between the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police
(N.J.S.A.C.O.P.) and the United States Military Academy at
The goal of the Leadership Program is to prepare
law enforcement executives for tomorrow’s challenges
by encouraging smart, thoughtful and reflective leadership
as well as foster high professional standards of conduct within
the law enforcement community.
The NJSACOP West Point Command & Leadership
Program, is a unique blend of theory and application, adapting
the fabled West Point model of command.
The United States Military Academy’s
Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership developed
this program based on their cadet training tailored to the
leadership needs for law enforcement.
The Command & Leadership students study,
learn and apply:
• Leadership as a science with logic,
critical thinking, methodology and vision.
• Using organizational theory in a law
enforcement context with police-oriented case studies.
• Behavioral and motivation theories.
• Individual communicating and counseling.
• Inter-group conflict management.
• Decision making.
Participants learn to be the leader - the
decision maker / communicator / counselor / stress-manager
- in a complex organization. Attending the ceremony was his
wife Brenda, their children and granddaughter. ###