Former Chief of Police, Thomas J. Ledwell, will join the Mount’s criminal justice program faculty, bringing new ideas and experiences to the table. He will be teaching classes such as Law Enforcement Leadership and Intelligence in the adult Criminal Justice Program, starting in the fall of 2015.
Ledwell, a twenty-two year veteran of the Frederick Police Department, has held many positions in the force, including patrol officer, narcotics detective and supervisor, patrol squad supervisor, patrol division commander, special operations division commander, operations bureau commander and chief of police.
In addition to his various positions in the force, he was certified through the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission as both a general instructor and a defensive tactics instructor. He also taught subjects in the Frederick Police Academy, ranging from search and seizure, to crime analysis and crime reduction strategies, to ground fighting.
“He is not someone who has just read the books,” said Professor Joe Vince, director of the criminal justice programs for adult and traditional students. “He knows of the nitty-gritty issues and best practices that chiefs deal with on a daily basis.”
Ledwell spearheaded a number of department programs and projects, including development of the agency’s data-driven crime reduction strategy and problem-solving systems. A new initiative that he would like to work on bringing to the Mount would be a Police Chief Think Tank, where students could help solve real world problems alongside members of various police forces. A search for corporate sponsorship for the program has begun, and it could open new doors to internships and learning experiences for students.
“Chief Ledwell is very humble and dynamic in inspiring people to work for him,” Vince stated. “People gravitate towards his leadership style.”