Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency

40 Hour Continuing Education Training Course
KLEC Certified
Tuition: $900

Course Description

This course of study exposes participants to the key elements necessary to be successful managers of law enforcement agencies. Participants will be given opportunities to meet and study with other managers from similar agencies. The learning environment and course exercises and activities will be highly interactive. This course seeks to build communication between group members, identify causes of and solutions to common problems, and exchange appropriate information. This very practical course focuses on developing and defining management in relation to changing times and limited financial and human resources. It provides the police executive with knowledge, skills, and abilities vital to developing an innovative agency culture and is responsive to changing technology, management practice and the needs of society. 

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Identification of Changing Environment of American Law Enforcement
  • Building Trust and Legitimacy
  • Developing a Creative Culture
  • Recruitment & Selection of a Qualified and Diverse Workforce
  • Administrative Law for the Law Enforcement Executive
  • Administrative Law for the Law Enforcement Executive - Federal
  • How to Stretch Your Budget
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Developing Early Warning Systems (EWS)
  • Communications Techniques & Related Administrative Law Issues
  • Frustrations, Challenges & Opportunities for the Chief Executive
  • Managing Innovation Programs
  • Communicating within the Agency
  • The Critical Role of Resource Sharing
  • Maximizing Training & Minimizing Liability: Case Study
  • Policing Strategies
  • Terrorism
  • Group Case Studies: Future Trends for Small Law Enforcement Agencies & Student Evaluation

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:

Senior Police Managers and Administrative Supervisory Personnel


Paul Schultz

Sean Dugan

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:

"Extremely helpful course dealing with realistic liability concerns that should be the focus of effort for every department."

"MSLEA is a quality course for supervisors. The material forced students to think constructively and take a serious look at out internal policies and procedures. An absolutely good course."

"Great course. We covered more information over the course of the week than I imagined we would. Instructors were very knowledgeable and kept the course information lively by utilizing their broad personal experiences."

"This course contained a great deal of excellent information, even for military members. In my 20 years as a military policeman, I had not come across many of the programs discussed the past several days."

"I truly enjoyed this course and it is well worth my time coming here. I believe I have a good "starting" point as how I would be able to lead my agency."

"Very worthwhile course. The experiences and practical empathy were outstanding and established reliability, credible, accurate accounts and applicable information."

"I consider this course beneficial for development of managerial experience. The start of which employee's you are looking to hire through the legal, administrative and accountability provided a thorough look into the eyes of a chief."

"The course was very beneficial to me. I have been in law enforcement with the military police for over 15 years and now that we have the blended military and civilian force it helps me get a good idea of how to deal and run a department."

“The class was one of (the) most helpful I had that deals with future success…. Learning by others’ errors and successes is greater than learning by my own mistakes.”

“Nice that there is a course such as this for smaller agencies.  Most courses are geared for larger agencies.”

“This course was very informative for executives/managers.  Quite a bit of information for us to be aware of in the new and changing trends of today.”

“Overall great class…. From a networking standpoint, it was an incredible experience to see how things are done all over the country.”

“Great course.  I was able to learn a great deal about being a police chief.  I learned about the legal issues that can protect you as well as the conduct that makes you successful.”

“Excellent class.  Southern Police Institute lives up their reputation.”