Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations

40 Hour Training Course / KLEC Approved for 4.0 CEUs

$795.00 Discounted rate if paid by cash/check / $820.00 If paid by Visa/MC/Discover

Course Description:

This course of study introduces two major areas that contribute substantially to managerial success: 1) understanding budgetary fundamentals, strategies and challenges as it relates to law enforcement agencies and 2) achieving value for money with a budget linked to operational performance. It is designed to provide participants with an understanding of how organizations can evaluate the achievement of their goals, identify their successes and problems, and respond effectively to them while simultaneously meeting community expectations.

Course instruction will facilitate and foster an understanding of an agency's performance as perceived by its managers, community, and elected officials. Financial and operational performance will be reviewed on criteria that are valuable to those stakeholders and to line officers themselves. Resource expenditure will be addressed and evaluated to ensure that community needs are being met.

Strategic management of funds and controlling the dollars being spent is required to assure that organizational goals and objectives are being met within an environment of diminishing financial resources. The absence of operational standards and lack of a careful system of operational review is often reflected in wasted manpower and inefficiency. Achieving best value within the budget is critical to maintaining staffing levels. Each participant will be able to assess their patrol staffing requirements (85% of budget) according to a formula that will meet external scrutiny.

The measures presented during this course support a system of financial and operational accountability for all the organization's managers. Students will leave with an outline model for a performance management system for their agency. Training is participative and interactive, engaging students through carefully designed individual and group practical exercises focused on reinforcing learning. Students will practice using spreadsheets and budget applications on their own laptops/tablets and will be asked to gather and review agency-specific data and information for class exercises.

Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations is one of the four courses required to complete the optional Organizational Management Certificate Program.

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Understanding of law enforcement trends, budgeting, funding resources, and costing services
  • Understanding the fundamentals of financial projects
  • Understanding financial management and performance measures
  • Developing and honing operations budget management skills
  • Understanding operational performance and its importance
  • Understanding organizational culture and its effects on operational performance
  • Understanding strategic management and how to apply the concept of S.M.A.R.T.T.E.R. in agency planning
  • Identifying ways to measure operational performance internally and externally
  • Understanding "crime management" and "crime reduction"
  • Evaluating and comparing methods of performance measurement (i.e., performance targets, policing to standards, DDACTS, CompStat, Crash Stat, activity-based costing, and Logic Models)
  • Staffing your agency (with practical exercise)

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:

Executive, senior and middle management level personnel and officers seeking upper-level management positions   


Jason Brown

Alex Alfonso

Upcoming Training and Lodging:

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What Our Graduates Are Saying:

"Please offer this course more often. It is a much needed portion of all LEO in this country. Well done!"

"Excellent course. Will recommend it. Great instructors."

"This course exceeded my expectations. SPI continues to provide advanced and challenging courses that prepare future police leaders to solve the complex issues they face. I look forward to completing the other 3 courses of the certificate program."

"I enjoyed the variety of topics that were tied back in to budgeting. I have had budget development classes in the past that did not include the managing the budget and justification portions of this class. Very good class for someone looking to be better versed in what a budget is for rather than just the numbers."

"The course was extremely beneficial to me as a chief of police. I was expecting education related to the numbers, but the information as how to manage within my budget was extremely beneficial as well. I will make changes to many of my practices based on lessons learned from this course."

"This course has identified areas within my agency that are in need of change and/or updating."

"This course was more than I anticipated. Very challenging and in depth. I believe the cost of the course was well worth the training I received."

"Excellent instructors, infinite knowledge about the topic instructed."

"Wonderful program. I would definitely recommend it to others. The instructors did a phenomenal job. I got answers to questions I had coming into the class and then some."

"This course was very informative. You had great instructors that knew their subject. Not only did I learn a lot, I had a great time and met a host of new friends."

"I found the course to be an eye opener. I didn't realize how much is actually affected from budgeting."