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Leadership Development around the States

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI) was created by the 1990 Florida Legislature “for the purpose of providing such training as is deemed necessary to prepare the state’s present and future criminal justice executives to deal with the complex issues facing the state” (Florida Annotated Statutes section 943.1755). The legislature also created a permanent home for the FCJEI within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, established a formal affiliation with the state university system, and created a policy board of criminal justice professionals to guide and direct the activities of the institute.

The goals of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute are as follows:

  • To deliver educational programs for Florida criminal justice executives

  • To deliver seminars, workshops, and other advanced programs for criminal justice professionals

  • To conduct research in areas of criminal justice issues

  • To facilitate communication, networking, and mentoring throughout the criminal justice system

  • To increase the effectiveness of education for the Florida criminal justice system through the application of technology

In addition to offering live classes, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also offers online courses on a variety of topics to assist agencies during austere times.

Information: Contact David Brand, Education and Training Administrator, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308; phone: 850-410-8629; e-mail:

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Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police

Kansas Police Administrators Seminar: The Kansas Police Administrators Seminar (KPAS) is a training partnership effort of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). It is designed for new chiefs and department administrators as well as senior officers and supervisors who are preparing themselves for chief or other upper-level police administrative positions.

Offered annually, KPAS provides instruction in the “basics” of managing a police department and its employees, considering real-world problems and decision-making challenges that a chief of police confronts daily. KPAS is a five-day intensive training seminar conducted at the KLETC facilities, with class size limited to 24 participants, who are determined through an application and formal selection process. Attendees are housed on the KLETC campus throughout the session due to the intensity of the training.

Information: Contact Mark Damitio, KACP Training Committee Chairman, Deputy Assistant Director, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, P.O. Box 647, Hutchinson, KS 67504; phone: 620-694-1532; e-mail:

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Department of Criminal Justice Training

Kentucky Leadership Institute Branch: It is the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s goal to offer effective and efficient leadership training to Kentucky law enforcement supervisors, managers, and executives. To accomplish this goal, the department has developed a comprehensive leadership training program that will allow officers to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge, and abilities as they progress in rank and responsibility.

The Kentucky Leadership Institute’s mission is to provide quality leadership training and services to criminal justice and public safety supervisors, managers, and executives to enhance their ability to provide effective and efficient public services to the citizens of the commonwealth. The programs of the Kentucky Leadership Institute include the following:

  • Academy of Police Supervision

  • Criminal Justice Executive Development Sessions I and II

  • School of Strategic Leadership

  • Police Executive Command Course

  • Current Leadership Issues for Mid-Level Executives

  • Orientation for New Chiefs

  • Orientation for New Sheriffs

Information: Contact J. R. Brown, Kentucky Leadership Institute, Department of Criminal Justice Training Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475; phone: 859-622-6591; e-mail:

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Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission

Executive Development Institute: The more than 1,000 executives of Maryland’s public safety community face many of the same issues and problems as their counterparts in the private sector: recruitment and retention of quality employees, liability, doing more with fewer resources, decision making in a rapidly changing environment, the impact of technology, and interactions with elected officials and the media.

To accomplish the goals of the state’s Executive Development Institute, a variety of programs and initiatives have been developed, designed to stand alone or to serve as part of a career development process. These programs include the following:

  • Corrections for the 21st Century is designed to provide correctional supervisors and administrators with a comprehensive overview of leadership, ethics and moral courage, time management, interpersonal communication skills, and advanced gang training to effectively lead and manage their agencies and personnel.

  • Senior Management Seminars are a series of one- to three-day programs each covering various management topics and issues.

  • The Leadership Challenge Program offers public safety executives the opportunity to interact with prominent authorities in diverse fields, such as business and industry, health, education, human services, technology, and others. This program enables participants to analyze critical issues beyond law enforcement and corrections, to forecast their impact, and to influence their communities as well as their agencies.

  • Leadership Challenge Mentors: Once executives successfully complete a Leadership Challenge Program, a mentor is assigned to provide expertise and experience and serve as a role model.

  • The Leadership Challenge Alumni Association is for Leadership Challenge graduates who meet as a group to continue their professional development.

  • The Midmanagement Training program assists in the development of law enforcement and correctional midlevel managers through quality training programs that will help these personnel meet the challenges of their respective positions.

  • Chief Executive Officer Programs provide chiefs of police, sheriffs, wardens, and directors with information pertinent to the efficient management of their respective public safety agencies.

  • The Career Track Certificate Program is a professional development program geared specifically for public safety professionals. Designed for those who desire to upgrade their leadership skills in their occupational specialties and to enhance their overall performance, the program allows for optimum agency and individual customization. Agencies and/or individuals may select the particular career track courses they need. This process enables individuals to learn new skill sets at a personally controlled pace. Participants are offered a new and better way of learning through a structured yet flexible curriculum.

  • Executive Seminars are a series of one- to five-day programs covering such various topics as law enforcement officers’ rights, internal investigation, leadership, workload analysis and resource allocation, leadership styles, and managing employee conflict at work.

Information: Contact Terry Satterfield, Administrator, Executive Development Institute, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, 6852 4th Street, Sykesville, MD 21784; phone: 410-875-3574; e-mail:

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Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association

Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Command Academy: The Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Command Academy (CLEO) is a four-day course for chief law enforcement officers and their immediate command staffs. This course provides the necessary training regarding duties and administration that chiefs and high-ranking supervisors use daily. CLEO is approved by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training as essential training for Minnesota police chiefs. The training academy is taught by seasoned instructors with experience in police leadership or legal expertise in Minnesota.

Course offerings include the following:

  • Branding Your Department’s Image

  • Ethics

  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting

  • Media Relations

  • Leadership Excellence

  • Politics of Being a Chief

Executive Training Institute: The Executive Training Institute (ETI) is a training venue for police executives throughout the upper Midwest. It features national keynote speakers and well-respected local authorities. ETI offers breakout sessions that provide participants with information about best practices in policing, resources for local departments, and cutting-edge technology. ETI also includes an awards banquet and an exhibit hall. It is offered in a four-day session.

Leadership Academy for Midlevel Supervisors: The Leadership Academy is a 3½-day course for middle-management personnel in law enforcement agencies. Participants will develop skills on how to make a distinct transition from street officer to supervisor. The classes are designed with the understanding that effective supervision is critical in maintaining a successful law enforcement agency.

Information: Contact Harlan Johnson, Executive Director, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, 1951 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125; phone: 651-457-0677; e-mail:

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Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police

Police Chief Administrative School: In 2006, the state legislature amended the law requiring new police chiefs to complete successfully a course of training meeting at least the minimal criteria established by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for police chief administration. To deliver this training, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police provides a training program. Topics covered include politics of command, liability issues, ethical issues, open records, media relations, budgeting, the field training officer program, internal investigations, personnel actions, policies and procedures, collective bargaining, contract management, the Fair Labor Standards Act, recruitment, hiring and retention standards, cooperative task forces, asset forfeiture, federal versus state prosecution, police helping alleviate police problems, and reserve officer programs.

Information: Contact Jim Cox, Executive Director, Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, 1141 North Robinson, Suite 200, Oklahoma City, OK 73103; phone: 405-672-1225; e-mail:

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Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association

Command Institute for Police Executives: The Command Institute for Police Executives is a week of educational sessions with administrative, command, and supervisory colleagues from across the state. The Command Institute deals with contemporary issues currently affecting police agencies in Pennsylvania. Instructors are professional police managers from across the commonwealth and/or attorneys with specific expertise in their areas of instruction. This training is open only to Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC)–certified police officers in the commonwealth.

Advanced Command Institute for Police Executives: The Advanced Command Institute is an intensive course covering grants, budgeting, the importance of mission statements, policies and procedures, accreditation, risk management, dealing with problem employees, collective bargaining, proactive police union management, critical incident command, critical incident debriefing, and dealing with the media. This class is nine days of instruction.

Information: Contact Amy K. Rosenberry, Executive Director, PA Chiefs of Police Association, 3905 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; phone: 717-236-1059; e-mail:

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Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education

Chief Training: Newly appointed and currently serving police chiefs are required by Texas statute to obtain initial and continuing education training. The education code states in part, “Each police chief must receive at least 40 hours of continuing education provided by the institute under this section each 24-month period. . . . An individual appointed or elected to that individual’s first position as chief must receive not fewer than 80 hours of initial training for new chiefs” (Texas Educational Code section 96.641).

The training is provided free at the Bill Blackwood Institute, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, at Sam Houston State University. Texas police chiefs attend free of charge, including travel reimbursement, and are provided lodging and food.

Information: Contact Bill Blackwood, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice Center, Huntsville, TX 77341; phone: 936-294-1679; e-mail:

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Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation

Virginia Center for Leadership Education: The Virginia Center for Leadership Education was created by the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF) as an educational resource intended to help current and future leaders reach their greatest potential as leaders. Designed for both business decision makers and law enforcement executives, the center provides a unique, tiered educational track focusing on developing professional executive leadership skills.

Executives often focus on their organizations’ immediate needs and challenges instead of the long-range vision for their own future leadership potential or that of their staff members. Some of the best leaders are cultivated from within, but there are limited internal resources to prepare these individuals for leadership responsibilities. Additionally, many agencies are being faced with the approaching retirement of a significant number of senior executives. As a result, the issue of succession planning for agency leaders is critical.

The center’s courses are intensive, multiweek sessions of classroom, on-the-job, and project work, acquainting participants with theory and best practices in leadership from the public and private sectors. These courses challenge participants to reflect on their own leadership competency, to develop creative thinking skills, and to expand leadership actions in their levels of responsibility. The VPCF’s programs are focused on leadership, not management, administration, tactics, or operations.

The Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) is an intensive three-week, liberal arts–based educational experience that focuses on the study of leadership. The PELS is geared for chief executive officers and managers; candidates from the private sector, public safety, and government agencies are invited to apply. Faculty members from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, teach the classes.

Curriculum topics have included foundations of leadership, relationship-centered leadership, setting team goals, leadership and politics, arts and leadership, literature and leadership, religion and leadership, psychology and leadership, negotiations, strategic leadership, media relations, leadership in crisis, motivational leadership, leadership and the law, and making a difference, among other topics. Case studies and topical issues are also explored.

The Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SELF) is a concentrated, one-week summer session and three-day follow-up fall session that offers an experiential learning initiative, challenging executive-level participants to examine competitive environments, select and implement a strategy, manage risk, and communicate the value proposition to effectively operate a business in today’s complex, globally challenging environment. The program matches business acumen learning with cutting-edge leadership processes aimed at establishing creative balanced relationships and a common language between public and private sector executives.

The SELF offers a dynamic, business-based simulation that permits participants to practice business and leadership decisions in a team-centered experience. The program uses active coaching sessions with certified executive coaches and facilitators. The program culminates in a business leadership project initiative coordinated by participants to solve an issue or create an opportunity in the marketplace. Faculty members from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, teach the classes.

Information: Contact Lex Eckenrode, Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 134, Richmond, VA 23288; phone: 804-285-8227; e-mail:

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Other Program Web Sites


From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 5, May 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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