Recipients of the J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation/ Southern Police Institute AOC New England Scholarship

2018 Recipients

Lieutenant Frederick

Simsbury (CT)
Police Department

Course Attended: 139th Administrative Officers Course

Lieutenant Frederick Sifodaskalakis has been a police officer for 27 years in the State of Connecticut. He began his law enforcement career with the Bristol, Connecticut Police Department and has been employed by the Simsbury Police Department for the past 21 years. Lieutenant Sifodaskalakis was the department's first School Resource Officer and played a vital role in developing the Community Policing philosophy that is currently being used in the Simsbury Police Department. While at the Simsbury Police Department, he has served in both the Operations and Administrative divisions and has worked his way through the police ranks as a Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant to his current position as Lieutenant. As the only department Lieutenant, he serves as the Departments Operations Commander.

Lieutenant Sifodaskalakis earned his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Police Administration. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Police Administration at the University of New Haven. He has attended numerous professional training courses including a two-week Management course at Roger Williams University and the Connecticut Municipal Legal Traffic Authority Program at the University of Connecticut.

Lieutenant Sifodaskalakis represents his department on two town boards. The first, Community for Care, is tasked with educating the community on the illegal drugs in Simsbury and presents avenues to help residents that may be or have family members struggling with illegal drug use. The second, Public Gathering Committee, he manages from the initial organization process through after-action follow-up all police department involvement for Special Events (concerts, fireworks, road races, car/craft shows, carnival, etc.), that occur in Simsbury.

Lieutenant Sifodaskalakis states, "I am excited to have been selected to attend the Southern Police Institute's 139th Administrative Officers Course. I am very honored to have been selected and awarded the J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation/Southern Police Institute AOC New England Scholarship. Without this scholarship, my attendance would have been in jeopardy with the financial difficulties facing Simsbury and the State of Connecticut. Attending the 139th Administration Officers Course will give me the necessary tools to return to my agency as a better leader. After thinking long and hard about my career path I know that ultimately, I want to hold the position of Police Chief. Furthering my education and professional training will allow me to gain the management knowledge I need to attain this goal of becoming a Police Chief. The Southern Police Institute has an excellent reputation as one of the best law enforcement programs in the country."

Lieutenant Paul J. West

Hartford (CT)
Police Department

Course Attended: 139th Administrative Officers Course

Lieutenant Paul J. West is a lifelong resident of the Greater Hartford area, and a 16-year veteran of the Hartford Connecticut Police Department. He began his career as a Public Safety Dispatcher before becoming a sworn member in 2003. Upon graduating the Hartford Police Academy, he was assigned to the patrol division working the midnight shift. Shortly after, he was recommended for the Community Response Division, a specialized unit addressing street-level narcotics, violent crimes, and quality of life issues. After four years, Lt. West earned the distinction of being the inaugural African American to place first on a promotional exam in the City of Hartford’s history. He was then assigned to serve as a supervisor in both the Patrol and Detention Divisions.

Lt. West feels policing is much more than a job, but a life-altering choice to make a difference and become an integral part of the community. He recognizes the inherent stresses of policing and proudly became a peer contact with the department’s Employee Assistance Program. He is currently the only African American Commander serving the City of Hartford and directs the Recruitment Division, created to address the police department's endeavors to reflect the demographics of its citizenry. Since the division's inception in 2016, the City of Hartford has experienced more than a 50% increase in minority/city recruits.

Lt. West is a graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Southern Police Institute’s, Chief Executive Officer Course. His many credits include citations from the Windsor, CT African American Civic Association; Distinguished Service Award, City of Hartford; induction into the National Honor Society Pi Gamma Mu, and the Distinguished Senior Award. He also holds a dual graduate degree from the University of Connecticut, where he was inducted into the PI Pi Alpha honor society for excellence in Public Administration and Public Policy. He has a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude in Human Services from Springfield College, where he also earned membership to the International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu, and a License in Practical Nursing from Asnuntuck Community College.

Lt. West comments, “Any opportunity to gain knowledge is an important step towards progressively managing change; preparation is vital to finding viable solutions. I am deeply honored to represent the City of Hartford in what I believe to be the best management course in the country. In increasingly difficult economic times, education has become more elusive. Being awarded the Lamb-Pocock scholarship has exposed me to expert instruction and analysis – an opportunity I would have most likely missed due to looming financial constraints in the State of Connecticut. In the spirit of this gracious endowment, I am compelled to serve others and to develop new leaders who will advance our society. I have no doubt the Southern Police Institute has provided me with the necessary theories and principles to lead any agency in this country. I want to thank the staff of the AOC, the J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation, SPI’s alumni association, and my esteemed classmates for a wonderful experience. My resolve is now even stronger: ‘Prosperity or promotion does not change who a person is; it merely gives them the power to be who they already are.’

As law enforcement practitioners, we have a great responsibility to meet the challenges ahead of us, thanks to an excellent curriculum coupled with the individual talents of the class of the 139th AOC. We are all more than capable of guiding our profession to new heights and have clearly demonstrated humanity is alive and well." 

2017 Recipients

Deputy Police Chief Robert E. Ford Jr.

Hartford (CT) Police Department 

Course Attended: 138th Administrative Officers Course

Deputy Police Chief Robert E. Ford Jr. was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Deputy Chief Ford is a product of the Hartford Public School system and is a proud alumnus of Mary Hooker Elementary School, Naylor School and Bulkeley High School class of 1991. Deputy Chief Ford attended Springfield College where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services, in May 1998. Deputy Chief Ford would ultimately return to Springfield College to earn his Master of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership, graduating in December 2007.

Deputy Chief Robert E. Ford Jr. is a 19 year veteran of the Hartford Police Department and dedicated servant of the city of Hartford. When he graduated the Hartford Police Academy in December of 1998, he spent most his patrol experience policing the North District of the city during the midnight hours. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005 and served as a supervisor in the Patrol Division, Booking Division, Hartford Police Academy and the Internal Affairs Division. Deputy Chief Ford was also a Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) certified instructor who taught officers how to conduct domestic violence investigations and report writing. In 2010, when Deputy Chief Ford was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, he commanded police operations in the Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal and Upper Albany Avenue neighborhoods. Deputy Chief Ford also served as Commander of the Police Activities League (PAL), where he managed, administrated and supervised weekly recreational, athletic and life skills programs for Hartford youth. In February 2014, he was appointed to Deputy Chief of Police. Deputy Chief Ford is currently the Chief of the North District and is responsible for police operations. Deputy Chief Ford has earned numerous exemplary service and merit honors over the course of his career.

Deputy Chief Ford has successfully completed numerous training and earned certifications in the areas of leadership, police organizational management, use of force and internal affairs investigations. On commenting on his SPI experience and receiving the Lamb-Pocock Scholarship Deputy Chief Ford stated, "I am honored and very grateful to be the recipient of the J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation and Southern Police Institute AOC New England Scholarship. Without the scholarship, attending SPI would have been difficult based on the current fiscal crises facing the state of Connecticut and city of Hartford. Thanks to Ed Pocock and the foundation, I was able to attend the 138th Administrative Officers Course and receive an education with and from some of the finest law enforcement leaders in America. Living, learning and sharing educational experiences with my 138th family has reaffirmed my belief that the future of law enforcement is in the hands of excellent leaders. I am very thankful for all those who made it possible for me to attend this prestigious training."

Lieutenant Glendaly Garcia 

Hartford (CT) Police Department

Course Attended: 137th Administrative Officers Course

Lt. Glendaly Garcia is a Hartford native who has proudly served with the Hartford Police Department for 19 years. She began her career in 1998 and has served in various capacities. She was promoted to Detective in 2003 and assigned to the Crime Scene Division where she worked as Crime Scene Unit Investigator. In 2007, she was promoted to Sergeant, where she has served in varying assignments to include overseeing the Auxiliary Services Division, Background Investigation Unit, Pistol Permit Unit, Quality of Life Unit, and as a Patrol supervisor. She was tasked with spearheading the newly formed Domestic Violence Unit and served as a member of the Hartford Domestic Violence Docket Team and the Cultural Diversity and Accessibility Committee. She has also served as Chief of Staff and Public Information Officer. She was promoted to Lieutenant in October 2014 and is currently assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau as Commander of the Crime Scene Unit. Previously, she was commander of the Major Crimes Division. 

Lt. Garcia was raised in Hartford, CT and attended Hartford Public Schools. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy Law and Government from Trinity College, a Bachelor of Science in Health Care (emphasis in Respiratory Care) from the University of Hartford and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from Tunxis Community College. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police, Session 60, the Southern Police Institute's 137th Administrative Officers Course, and the City of Hartford Middle Management Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Family Institute, Connecticut (NAFI). Notwithstanding her accomplishments in private and public life, she is most proud to be the parent of beautiful 6-year-old daughter, Eva Maribella Macci.

Lt. Garcia states: "I was incredibly excited to hear that I was selected to receive Lamb-Pocock AOC New England Scholarship. The award is an important impetus for me to continue my academic goals of progressing my career to new heights. I am enthusiastic about an affiliation with the Southern Police Institute because the Administrative Officers Course brings together top achievers, and the interaction provides collective motivation to grow as future leaders. In particular, the AOC's events and curriculum greatly harnessed my interpersonal and teamwork skills, and have ignited an ambition to fulfill my leadership potential. I would like to thank Chief James C. Rovella for continuing to provide support for my career development."

Deputy Chief Ashley A. Gonzalez

Norwalk (CT) Police Department

Course Attended: 137th Administrative Officers Course

Deputy Chief Ashley A. Gonzalez, Norwalk (CT) Police is the third recipient of the Lamb-Pocock AOC New England Scholarship and a graduate of the 137th Administrative Officers Course (AOC) at the Southern Police Institute.
Deputy Chief Gonzalez was promoted to his position on July 16, 2015. He began his career with the Norwalk Police Department in 1988, as a patrol officer. He was promoted to Detective in 2002, Sergeant in 2003, and Lieutenant in 2010. He has worked in various divisions and units including patrol, narcotics, K-9 unit, community policing, honor guard unit, youth bureau, special victims unit and the crisis negotiations team.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. Deputy Chief Gonzalez has completed Southern Police Institute's Chief Executive Leadership Course, FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development, and Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course 137th Session.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez currently serves in the City of Norwalk Juvenile Review Board, City of Norwalk Youth Advisory Board, and the Advisory Council for Life Line Chaplaincy.

Deputy Chief Gonzalez stated "I am extremely grateful to the J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation. This scholarship allowed me the opportunity to attend the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course (137th AOC). The course was one of the best leadership training courses I have received during my 29 years of service. I believe the AOC is a must for police managers who are seeking to grow professionally and enhance their leadership skills"

2016 Recipient

Deputy Chief Jeffrey Patterson

Littleton (MA) Police Department

Course Attended: 136th Administrative Officers Course

Deputy Chief Jeffrey M. Patterson, Littleton (MA) Police Department, is the second recipient of the Lamb-Pocock AOC New England Scholarship and a member of the 136th Administrative Officers Course (AOC) at the Southern Police Institute. He began his career with the Littleton PD as a Reserve Police Officer in the year 2000 at the age of 33. Previously, he had been the Director of Operations for a private ambulance service and also worked as a Reserve Police Officer for the Town of Concord, where he grew up. He completed the Lowell Police Academy at the age of 35, but was not the oldest in the class as another recruit entered at the age of 37.
He worked as a patrol officer for two years and was presented the opportunity to become a detective, remaining in the Criminal Investigations Division, where he became Detective Sergeant in 2012. After completing the assessment center for the Deputy Chief's position, he was named Deputy Police Chief in December of 2014.
Deputy Chief Patterson has lived in the Town of Littleton with his wife Susan. He has two adult children: 24-year old Stephen who is in the Army based in Fort Carson, CO, and 21-year old Nicole, who serves in the Army Reserves as a Medic, and is attending Fitchburg State University in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice.

Littleton Chief Matthew King was the first in the agency to graduate from SPI in the spring of 2011 (125th AOC alumnus) and encouraged his Deputy Chief to attend the course. Chief Patterson states: "I am thankful that my Chief has made the commitment to training and education which has allowed me the opportunity to come to the Southern Police Institute and join the Administrative Officers Course. I believe this course will allow me to further grow my leadership abilities and continue to move our department forward. The Lamb-Pocock Scholarship allowed my department to send me to SPI without effecting our training and education budget for our officers. This will allow us to keep our commitment to training and education for our staff and look forward to sending some of them to the Command Officers Development Course."

2015 Recipient

Captain Lenny Roberts

Hartford (VT) Police Department

Course Attended: 135th Administrative Officers Course