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SJSO lieutenants earn MAGNUS leadership title

LAPLACE — Three St. John the Baptist Parish officers recently earned the title of National Command and Staff College’s MAGNUS Officers.

Defined as “improving self and systems above the status quo” and “committing to continuous learning and being more,” MAGNUS is a title given to officers who complete the highest level of leadership training.

Lieutenants Geo Giovingo, Michelle Piearson and Lisa Dorris were among 31 students to graduate June 14 from the National Command and Staff College Session 4, held at the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office Training Facility in Luling.

The 10-week course enhances leadership skills to build and promote community safety and mutual trust, maximize officer safety and wellness and reduce officer liability and risks, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

Considered graduate level study, the course requires students to listen to lectures, write essays, participate in classroom discussions and readings, watch videos and take part in case studies and a group project.

Giovingo was part of Team Wolves, which won the college’s Capstone Award for presenting the top group research project, “Body Cameras: Helpful or Hindrance.”

The group project required extensive research, writing and critical thinking. It concluded with a project presentation.