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Springfield Township's Fifth CLEE Graduate, Lt. Chris Niehaus

Springfield Township is proud to announce its fifth graduate of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program, Lt. Chris Niehaus. Niehaus graduated from the  program on Friday, February 7, 2020.  “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Chris and for our township,” Springfield Township Trustee, Joseph Honerlaw said. “Professional development provided by CLEE benefits not only the individual, but also the agency and our community.”


The Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) is a formal program of leadership training presented by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation for police officers (sergeant and higher rank) who are at the executive level or who wish to progress to executive levels in their agency. The rigorous 14-month program involves extensive training in police management, ethics, guiding principals, human resources, team facilitation, leadership, strategic planning, resource allocation, budgeting and organizational risk management. Students are evaluated through written tests, case studies and through an oral presentation at the conclusion of the course.  


Niehaus began his career with the Springfield Township Police Department in 1999 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2016. During his time on the police force, Neihaus has served as a patrol officer, sergeant, and director of the Drug Abuse Reduction Taskforce (DART) program.


Past Springfield Township graduates of the CLEE program in Springfield Township include former Chief of Police Dave Heimpold, Assistant Chief Rick Bley, Lt. Brian Uhl and the current Springfield Township Police Chief, Col Robert Browder.  Once a student successfully graduates from CLEE, they must maintain their CLEE certification by re-certifying every three years.