DATE: 19 April 2018
FROM: Darrell Fisher, Executive Director
RE: New Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island
The Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Brenda Urbanek as the new Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island. Brenda has been serving as the Interim Director of the Training Center since late-February of this year, and has served as the Deputy Director of the Training Center since 1995. Brenda joined the staff at the Training Center in 1990 as an instructor after serving honorably as a police officer and investigator for the City of Kearney from 1984 to 1990. Brenda is the first woman to hold the position of Director of the Training Center. Her promotion to Director is effective Monday, 23 April 2018.
“From a list of several qualified applicants, the Police Standards Advisory Council conducted interviews, and recommended Brenda because of her demonstrated leadership. Brenda has trained thousands of law enforcement officers in Nebraska during her time at the Academy, and she has routinely provided professional and expert guidance in the training standards established for Nebraska. This guidance, leadership, and direction has led to successful changes and implementations in Nebraska’s training curriculum,” said Executive Director of the Commission Darrell Fisher.
Director Urbanek stated, “I am truly honored to be selected as the Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. I appreciate the opportunity to work with all law enforcement agencies in the state to continue to enhance the level of professionalism as we all strive to serve and protect the people in Nebraska.”
The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center is under the supervision and control of the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and was created by statute to:
- test all law enforcement candidates on behalf of the Police Standards Advisory Council to ensure they meet pre-certification and certification requirements;
- oversee and monitor other training schools and training academies to ensure they meet pre-certification and certification requirements; and
- conduct certification programs and advanced law enforcement training as directed by the Council.
Brenda is a graduate of Kearney State College in 1984, and she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Brenda was a four-time NAIA All-American at Kearney State as a shortstop on the KSC softball team from 1980 to 1984. She was inducted into the University of Nebraska-Kearney Hall of Fame in 1995. Brenda and her late husband Greg have two daughters, Emma and Maggie.