Andy Mead is the Law Enforcement Survival Institute’s lead instructor on developing and sustaining a law enforcement mentoring program. Andy possesses a broad and unique professional background having worked for many years in both local government and higher education.
Andy has held a variety of managerial and administrative positions in several organizational areas including law enforcement, human resources, city manager’s office, public works, utilities, and federal regulatory compliance related to campus safety.
Included in his work experience in the human resources field were several years as an employee training and development manager. While working in this capacity his role included programming and providing various employee development subject areas which he planned, developed, and managed. One very successful program area included providing internal mentoring programs which were highly popular and successful in various operational areas in his organizations.
As part of a comprehensive wellness system, a police mentoring program can provide employee participants, both sworn and civilian, with the opportunity to be in the role of a mentor or a protegee to enhance their specific professional and personal development. Law enforcement mentor programs address several employee development elements including: attracting and retaining staff; developing people professionally and personally through the roles of mentor or protegee; facilitating career planning, development, and progression; increases cross-organizational understanding and communication; and provides an opportunity for knowledge transfer and enhanced organizational insight, i.e. the development and promotion of “institutional knowledge”.