Rare distinction for longtime city police employee

Posted: November 24, 2012

The Winchester Star

Erin Elrod of the Winchester Police Department has earned the prestigious designation of Registered Public Safety Leader, according to a media release.

WINCHESTER — The city police department’s director of emergency communications has earned a designation achieved by fewer than 200 people nationwide.

According to a media release, Erin Elrod was designated as a Registered Public Safety Leader after completing six classes in a year-long program through the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials.

The organization noted that the program “takes endurance and dedication.”

Elrod said she is pleased to see new certifications for the industry. “I feel accomplished now that I’ve completed the requirements.”

She has been with the department for more than 16 years and has been the director of emergency communications since 2005.

“[She] is an example of a leader at the police department who deserves endless recognition for her dedication to helping keep our community safe,” spokesman Lauren Cummings stated in the media release.

Elrod received a diploma after recently completing online courses in topics such as communications skills for leaders, personal negotiations and building high-performance teams.

Cummings said the classes further Elrod’s leadership capabilities and allow her to better serve in her capacity at the department.

Elrod said the classes also allowed for networking and that she appreciated being able to see that no matter the jurisdiction, everyone is dealing with the same issues.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com