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Police Leadership

The strength of any department often comes from strength of its leadership. Improve your leadership skills with courses on building effective organizations, decision making, handling departmental budgets, LE professional development, supervisor training, communication skills, and several more.

Course Name Description Length
A Crisis of Leadership In this segment, Doug Wyllie and Dick Fairburn discuss the fundamentals of leadership and critical-decision making. 5m
Adult Learning Concepts for Field Trainers – NEW! Current field trainers face more complex issues than ever before. When it comes to complex topics, how information is presented is just as important as what information is presented. Research in adult learning theory provides us with relevant insight. This course offers field trainers an overview of key adult learning theories that every field trainer should understand and apply. The course, presented in the context of a real-life field training problem, offers research-based information and strategies for resolving the training problem. 1hr
Am I That Man? In this video, author Ron Scheidt introduces his book Am I That Man? and gives a couple of key ideas that the book presents.  The reason behind his writing is to encourage others to self-reflect on the past, present, and future to address the central question that the book title asks the reader. 5m
Attributes of a Leader In this video, multi-disciplinary leaders review what it takes to be a successful manager and make difficult decisions at a moment’s notice. Continual growth through training, mentoring, delegating authority, as well as making mistakes and learning from them, is the focus. 10m
Background Investigations After watching this video, the viewer will understand the importance of conducting thorough background investigations with trained investigators to … 15m
Battling Toxic Leadership Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief discusses Battling Toxic Leadership within Law Enforcement organizations with Lt. David Crisler Jr. who offers suggestions to help remedy this problem. 10m
Becoming a Leader in Law Enforcement This course presents practical leadership concepts and strategies to officers and deputies. These topics are intended to enhance the quality of policing by describing universal approaches to leadership that line-level officers and deputies can use immediately. Effective personal leadership supports problem-solving and decision-making processes, principled policing and community-oriented policing efforts, and promotional aspirations. 1h
Below 100 Program In this video, Vice Chairman of the 100 Below Program, Dennis Valone, sheds some light on the five basic pillars he thinks officers must focus on.  The 100 Below Program is discussed in a positive light, as Valone explains the importance of striving for better, healthier, happier officers all over the nation, whether a recruit or a veteran. 10m
Building a Police Organization with a Mentoring Approach After watching this video, the viewer will learn that succession planning is not just for the top spots, but has implications throughout the … 10m
Building an Effective Organization In this segment, Dave Smith and Chief Tim Goergen discuss creating an effective communication process that includes setting agency goals, having a plan, and implementing positive change. 10m
Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families You have a great career as a first responder and you are making good money. How do you ensure you can retire with what you need? Many of us do not know the answer to that question. We often plan our budgets and spending, but how many first responder personnel sit down and plan for retirement? It is imperative to start planning for retirement early in your career. This course will provide a basic understanding of financial tools and requirements so that you can achieve economic health. Having a plan is critical to help reduce stress, alleviate ethical issues, maintain security clearances, and stop living paycheck to paycheck. 2h
Challenges of Police Leadership in Small Agencies In this video, Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief discusses the challenges of police leadership in small agencies with Chief Jason Sharp, of Parsons, KS police department. 10m
Classroom Model: Benefits and Shortcomings The only place the Classroom Model works as planned is in the classroom. In this segment, Gary Klugiewicz reviews how real-world complications and dangers necessitate the modification and even rejection of these models. It is important to consider these factors when evaluating an officer’s performance in the classroom. 5m
Coaching Program for Law Enforcement Constable Bill Mikaluk of Cops Coach International talks with Law Enforcement Expert Betsy Brantner Smith about an innovative coaching program for police officers around the world. 10m
Coaching Strategies for the FTO David Crisler talks with Dave Smith about ways to improve and modernize your approach, and your agency’s approach, to having the best, most successful FTO program possible. 10m
Complacency of Leadership in LE Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief interviews Dennis Valone about complacency as it relates to those in leadership positions in law enforcement. 10m
Contemporary Problems Facing LE After watching this video, the viewer will understand that although law enforcement changes, accepting  that a bad situation can happen to you and … 15m
Courtroom Disturbance: Supervisor’s Role After watching this video, the viewer will understand the supervisor’ss role in Use of Force situations and how they must attempt to observe, rather … 5m
Create an Agency “Fail List” Dave Smith asks agencies to create a Fail List for success. He suggests that by doing so, an agency is able to create a standard for what to strive for and how to guide positive actions. 5m
Crime Prevention on a Budget After watching this video, viewers will learn that a crime prevention program is often the first thing to get cut from a department’ss budget during … 10m
Dare to be Great Brian Willis talks about why Law Enforcement Officers should strive for excellence and commit to being a little better each day.  He also identifies guiding questions to help officers achieve this. 10m
Dealing with Budget Cuts in Your Department After watching this video, viewers will understand steps they can take to ensure training can continue, even when budgets are tight.Organizational … 10m
Dealing with Pregnancy in a Law Enforcement Setting In this segment, Betsy Brantner Smith draws upon past experience and gives you tips on how to deal legally and emotionally with pregnancy in a Law Enforcement setting. 10m
Decision Making Arcs In this segment, Milwaukee Investigator Jim Smith talks to Dave about a technique that can facilitate the decision making process. 10m
Ethical Interventions In this segment, verbal judo expert Gary Klugiewicz examines an incident that occurred in Ohio where an officer assaults an inmate during a spontaneous rage. 10m
Four Imperative Traits of a Supervisor Good leaders possess a number of admirable qualities.  In this segment, Gary Klugiewicz explains that in order to be an effective supervisor you must mentor, model, nurture and empower. 5m
Generational Crossroads for Supervisors Tim Janowick of the Mount Prospect Police Department discusses generational gaps and the issues and opportunities that arise from them. 10m
Generational Crossroads for Trainers Tim Janowick of the Mount Prospect Police Department discusses generational gaps and the issues and opportunities that arise from them, especially for trainers. 10m
Generational Differences for Law Enforcement Generational differences influence nearly every facet of your organization, from hiring and recruiting, dealing with change, training, retaining employees, and communication. How can your department better understand these differences and use them in a beneficial way? In this course, learners will examine the four most prominent generational workers, their core values, and how these come into play in the workplace. 1h
Generational Differences in Law Enforcement After watching this video, student should be able to identify at least one aspect of each of the four generations currently in the work force. 10m
Generational Issues and Shift Work Street Survival Seminar Instructor Tim Goergon draws upon his experience as a chief in Bloomingdale, IL in this candid interview with Dave Smith.  Chudwin says scheduling shift work can be particularly tricky when multiple generations are involved. 10m
Higher Education for LEOs Why should police officers further their education? Betsy Brantner Smith breaks down the benefits in this video tactical tip. 5m
Hiring Dispatchers In this video, Dave Smith talks with Tony Aeilts about the difficulties in hiring dispatchers.  Tony particularly stresses the importance of informing applicants of the potential stresses involved in the position. 5m
How to Build Mentor Relationships In this video, Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief, discusses with Brian Willis how to build successful mentor relationships in police departments. 15m
How to Enable Officers to Have Longer Careers in LE Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief and Matt Stiehm discuss How to Enable Officers to Have Longer Careers in Law Enforcement and offer suggestions any officer can use to fully engage and integrate into their organizations. 10m
International Exchange of Training Ideas International Association of Law Enforcement Trainers is a great organization for exchanging training ideas with other countries. 5m
Just in Time Training: Responding to Line of Duty Death This course is a Just-In-Time training for personnel who are responding to provide notification to the identified primary survivor of a law enforcement officer who has been injured or killed in the line of duty. This course provides what they need to know to handle the first crucial hours of an incident to prepare a foundation for healing and minimize trauma, including notification and immediate emotional support. This course was designed on behalf of, and with content provided by, Concerns of Police Survivors. 30m
Law Enforcement Grant Writing 101 This Grant Writing course is designed to teach both novice and experienced grant writers how to write a competitive grant proposal. Specific to law enforcement agencies, you will learn first hand about grant writing from the experienced grant team at PoliceGrantsHelp. The course takes you step by step through the grant process including pre-planning, grant research, developing a problem statement, financial needs and budget development. It also includes specific modules dedicated to some of the larger law enforcement annual grant opportunities.When you are ready to get started click the button below 1h
Law Enforcement Mentoring Programs Aaron Snyder of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department discusses his department’s mentoring program. 10m
Leadership 1 The first segment of Leadership includes: Create an Agency and Fail List, Leadership Skills using the Abilene Paradox, Liability of Not Training, Speed Kills, and Team Building for Agencies 1h
Leadership 2 The second segment of Leadership covers: Decision Making Arcs, Four Imperative Traits of a Supervisor, Generational Issues and Shift Work, Hiring Dispatchers,  and International Exchange of Training Ideas 1h
Leadership 3 The third segment of Leadership covers: Building an Effective Organization ,Contemporary Problems Facing LE, Crime Prevention on a Budget, Dealing with Budget Cuts in Your Department, and Dealing with Pregnancy in a Law Enforcement Setting 1h
Leadership 4 The fourth segment of Leadership covers: Ethical Interventions, Attributes of a Leader, Background Investigations, Building a Police Organization with a Mentoring Approach, Courtroom Disturbance: Supervisor Role 1h
Leadership 5 The fifth segment of Leadership covers: Classroom Model: Benefits and Shortcomings, Sensei vs Instructor, Coaching Strategies for the FTO, Coaching Program for Law Enforcement, Generational Differences in Law Enforcement and Ten Minutes in Training 1h
Leadership 6 The sixth segment of Leadership covers: Leadership Tips for New Supervisors, Leadership and Law Enforcement (Dick Fairburn),  Crossroads for Supervisors, Generational Crossroads for Trainers, Measuring Your Training, Our Noble Profession 1h
Leadership 7 The seventh segment of Leadership covers:  Am I that Man, Would I work for me, Battling Toxic Leadership, Complacency of Leadership in LE,  and The 2 Most Dangerous Words in LE 1h
Leadership 8 The eighth segment of Leadership covers: The Evolution of Law Enforcement (Bob Lindsey),  Professional Learning Communities, Challenges of Police Leadership in Small Agencies, How to Build Mentor Relationships, Leadership styles, Succession Planning for LEO 1h
Leadership Academy In this video, Betsy Brantner Smith talks with Sergeant Thomas Westrick of the Indianapolis Police Department about their Leadership Academy. This training program focuses on mid-level supervisors and veteran officers and has transformed the department in several ways. 10m
Leadership and Law Enforcement In this video, Dave Smith interviews Richard Fairburn about the state of leadership training in law enforcement. Fairburn ascertains that currently there really is no great leadership training, simply management schools. 5m
Leadership Essentials – NEW! Good leadership in any department is essential to maintaining and developing a successful municipality. This course will define what exactly an agency “Fail List” is and how it will impact leadership decisions. The course will help users develop leadership skills using the Abilene Paradox, focus leadership on the importance of training, and explain how speed can work against a department. Other topics include leadership team building, decision-making arcs, traits all supervisors should have, outline generational issues, hiring, and the importance of exchanging of ideas. This leadership course is your first step in developing the leadership skills necessary for any law enforcement career. 2h
Leadership in Law Enforcement Being a leader in Law Enforcement is more than just giving directions, it is a providing support, nurturing talent, and empowering one’s employees to perform to the best of their ability.  In this one-hour training block course, the learner will discover tips for being an effective leader, the challenges facing leadership today, and how to recognize and foster talent within an agency. 1h
Leadership Skills using the “Abilene Paradox” Deputy Chief Mark Dunston discusses “The Abilene Paradox.”  This phenomenon occurs when a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group. 15m
Leadership Styles In this video, Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief, and Manuel Ovalle discuss common leadership styles and their application in law enforcement. 10m
Leadership Tips for New Supervisors In this video, Betsy Brantner Smith discusses several tips for newly promoted supervisors. New supervisors deal with being in two camps, with one foot in management and the other on the line. Smith outlines the challenges that comes with this new phase in an officer’ss career and gives advice on how to become the most successful supervisor for your squad or unit. 5m
Liability of Not Training Rocky Warren talks with Dave Smith about how not training officers and giving them the tools they need can actually create more liability. 10m
Measuring your Training Lieutenant Kevin Dillon argues that the only way to legitimately measure your training ability is during post training events in the real world environment, making measurement difficult and intermittent. However, he also argues validation and professionalization of training is paramount to avoiding constitutional and legitimacy issues. 5m
Our Noble Profession Law Enforcement Expert Dave Smith talks with Chief Neal Rossow of the Flat Rock (MI) police department about his philosophy of the nobility of law enforcement. 10m
Professional Learning Communities Joel F Shults  Chief of Police, Adams State College, CO, discuesses the concept of making agencies professional learning communities through expanding the concept of after action reports and applying them to more routine daily occurences. 10m
Sensei vs Instructor For a trainer, being able to influence and inspire your trainees in the short amount of time that you are with them requires dedication, personal responsibility, and personal accountability. In this segment, Lt. John Bennett and Doug Wyllie discuss the roles and differences between a sensei and an instructor. 10m
Speed Kills In this segment, Chief Jeff Chudwin and Dave Smith discuss how we cannot control situations, but we can control our responses to them. Knowing what you can do, when you can do it, and being prepared to act immediately and appropriately is paramount. Committing to law and policy, and understanding Chudwin’s concept of “”Speed Kills”” are the highlights of this important training segment. 10m
Succession Planning for LEO In this video, Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief discusses the value of succession planning for law enforcement leaders with Manuel Ovalle. 5m
Tactical Patrol Officer Training Program In this video, Dave Smith talks with Chief (ret.) Jefferson Chudwin about a program his department implemented called the Tactical Patrol Officer training program. 10m
Team Building for Agencies Brian Willis, President of the Winning Mind training, suggests officers train for ten minutes a day in order to easily bolster his/her knowledge base. 10m
Ten Minutes in Training Brian Willis, President of the Winning Mind training, suggests officers train for ten minutes a day in order to easily bolster his/her knowledge base. 10m
The 2 Most Dangerous Words in LE Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief and Brian Weiss identify and discuss the two most dangerous words in law enforcement and offer suggestions for a better way of responding. 15m
The Bully Story In this video, Police1 Editor in Chief, Doug Wyllie interviews Jack Hoban about being an ethical warrior through illustrating variations of a person’s response to witnessing a bully picking on another person. 10m
The Evolution of Law Enforcement Doug Wylie talks with Coach Bob Lindsey of Verbal Defense and Influence about changes in law enforcement over the past five decades. 10m
The Importance of Communication in Law Enforcement Communication is key.  It plays a big part in every policing situation and effective communication skills are essential to mitigate the loss of life.  In this one-hour training block course, the learner will understand the importance of effective communication in deescalating tactics, community relations, and in peer interactions. 1h
The Importance of Policies and Procedures In this video, Gary Klugiewicz discusses the importance of Policies and Procedures with Marty Drapkin. Together they look at how policies and procedures are viewed differently by line, supervisors and command personnel. 15m
The Value of Simplicity in your Training In this video, Doug Wyllie, Police1 Editor in Chief discusses the concept and importance of simplicity in police training with Lee Shaykhet. 10m
‘What’s Important Now’ Approach in Long Term Doug Wyllie Police1 Editor in Chief interviews Brian Willis about Whats Important Now, an important question to ask about the current law enforcement environment and training as it may affect the profession both now and long term. 10m
Would I Work for Me? In this video, Manuel Ovalle discusses how to identify weaknesses in oneself.  He reminds his trainees to pinpoint and address their own weakness, while setting a critical, yet understanding tone. Training serves the purpose of bettering leaders in law enforcement through self-reflection. 10m