Chief Executive Leadership

40 Hour Training Course / KLEC Approved for 4.0 CEUs

$795.00 Discounted rate if paid by cash/check / $820.00 If paid by credit card

Course Description:

This course of study exposes participants to the key elements necessary to be successful as a chief of police/head of a law enforcement agency. A variety of topics and techniques will be covered that will prepare participants to engage in a management style that will foster a rewarding and successful career as a police chief or head of a law enforcement agency. The focus of the training course will serve to facilitate executive-level decision-making techniques that will lead the participants down the road to success.

The learning environment and course exercises will be interactive with frequent group discussions in order to draw on the experience and expertise of the participants themselves as well as from the experience the instructors bring to the classroom. Practical and scenario-based exercises, along with information sharing and discussion within the class, will provide the opportunity for course participants to understand issues from many different viewpoints to assist them in grasping the concepts as they are discussed.

Participants will be presented with material and instruction designed to facilitate and encourage a positive, developmental, forward-thinking role for leading their agencies. This is accomplished by not only helping the participant to become successful, but by assisting in leading his/her agency in a successful direction.

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Legal Issues in Law Enforcement
  • Effective Risk Management Techniques
  • Importance of Conducting Effective Internal Investigations
  • Getting the Most Out of Employees
  • Developing and Mentoring Others
  • Dealing With the Political Environment
  • Importance of Sound Performance Evaluations
  • Leadership Styles and Law Enforcement
  • Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Budgetary Techniques
  • Understanding the Generational Differences
  • Technology and Innovation
  • The Value of Data: Collection, Storage, and Analysis
  • Building Relationships to Enhance Quality of Life
  • Putting It All Into Practice: The Neighborhood Enhancement Program
  • Responding to an Officer Involved Shooting
  • Professionalism, Accountability, and Oversight
  • What's Killing Our Officers?
  • The Value of Marketing Your Department
  • Effective Media Relations
  • Strategic Planning and Employee Action Plans: Your Road to Success

        Course Materials and Equipment


        Course materials (i.e., Powerpoint presentations, handouts, articles, etc.) will be provided electronically for this course on a computerized access link provided to registered students prior to the class.   It is highly recommended that students download course materials to a laptop, tablet or other device  prior to the first day of class and bring the device with them to the course.  Otherwise, students should print SPI-provided course materials from the access link and bring printed materials with them to class.

        In order to download course materials from the access link, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel software (Office Suite) should be installed on laptop, tablet or other device.

        Who Should Attend:

        Enrollment is limited to full-time sworn police personnel in executive-level positions and those aspiring to reach that level in policing.

        Upcoming Training and Lodging:

        If this course is not currently scheduled, it can be brought to your region by a co-hosting agency or through a contract. Learn more.


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        What Our Graduates Are Saying:

        “This course was worthwhile and I will certainly recommend it to others.  It seemed to cover must all areas needed to focus on having a successful organization.”

        “I found the course to be extremely helpful with putting things in perspective as it related to the executive agenda.”

        “The course was very informative and given by two excellent instructors…. The class was very interactive bringing realistic examples to the table.”

        “The course was helpful to me as a first line supervisor.  It brought to light the current issues facing a police department, big or small.  The information was current and thorough.”

        “Course was remarkable in that it facilitated conversation between agencies.  A lot was gained through different perspectives.  Always a bonus to meet and network with others in the law enforcement community.”

        “The course was worthwhile.  It was full of a great deal of information useful to me as a command staff member.”

        “I believe that the course was worthwhile.  The information gained was well beyond any supervisor training that I received in the last 7 years as a sergeant.  I found it to be very detailed-oriented.”

        "I have an array of training; however this training rates among the best that I have acquired..."

        "This course enlightened my mindset referencing leading an agency, exceeded my expectations and should be mandatory for all law enforcement executives."

        "A good course and a very good refresher for AOC and CODC grads."

        "Thanks to Steve and Ken for a very informative and enlightening 5 days. The information I gleaned from the course rivals FBI-LEEDA and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. I especially enjoyed personal examples Steve and Ken shared. I would encourage others to attend this class."

        "The course was worthwhile for several reasons: 1) networking 2) refresher for things leaders should be doing (re-charged batteries) 3) sharing of information and way other agencies do things."

        "This was one of the best courses I have ever attended. It was taught on everyday life, not just theory. These were good examples of what really happen in departments."

        "Course was a great opportunity to network. Ability to discuss current issues and how they've been handled in the past is invaluable."

        "The lectures were excellent and the audio visual aids very effective."

        " I thoroughly enjoyed this class. To take a week away from work, a class must be worthwhile. SPI was worth it! The class exercises were informative and fun. Getting to interact with such a diverse group of law enforcement executives was an amazing opportunity! Great class."

        "The course was worthwhile as there were many facets of the successes and pitfalls of being a chief covered. The group interaction was invaluable as good discussions and ideas were stimulated by the instructors."