Command Officers Development Course (CODC)

400 Hour Training Course

Course Description

The CODC is SPI's 400-hour flagship educational program for law enforcement mid to upper-level personnel which provides the foundation for practical law enforcement administration and a comprehensive overview of management practices. This course is offered in five (5) two-week sessions over a period of five months. The challenging course complements SPI's AOC, and is traditionally held off campus at host agency sites. 

The CODC has continuously evolved with changing social, economic, and political environments associated with local, state and federal units of government. Students return from the course with an understanding of effective modern strategies in policing, leadership, and management with an emphasis on the practical application and implementation of these strategies in their agencies.  Graduates will be awarded the Organizational Management Certificate from the Southern Police Institute (beginning October 2023) and will be introduced to an extensive alumni network focused on advancing law enforcement efficiencies through evidence-based practice and community engagement.

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
  • Organizational Performance Management
  • Budgeting
  • Personnel Development and Assessment
  • Legal Liability
  • Policy Formulation and Evaluation


Participants successfully completing this course of study will be able to:

  • Assist in developing the strategic direction of an organization, including the mission, values and goals
  • Enhance internal communications within an organization
  • Develop alternative solutions to specific problems
  • Prepare a formal strategic analysis
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate focused policing strategies
  • Develop rules, regulations, policies and procedures to promote professional police service delivery
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the primary federal requirements associated with personnel issues (including recruitment, selection, promotion, retention, discipline, termination, family leave, sick time, overtime, and compensation)
  • Define, evaluate and develop risk management strategies 
  • Determine an organization’s effectiveness and the efficiency of police operations
  • Identify cost centers and assign unit costs to enhance organization productivity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of internal affairs and the need to establish high ethical standards for police personnel

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