2017 Courses of Instruction


  • First Session Orientation February 7, 2017
  • February 20-24, 2017
  • March 20-24, 2017
  • April 17-21, 2017
  • Second Session Orientation August 29, 2017
  • September 11-15, 2017
  • October 16-20, 2017
  • November 6-10, 2017


Course Description: The Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) leadership development training program is based on a behavioral science approach to leading people, groups, change, and organizations. This three-week course provides the opportunity for law enforcement and public safety personnel to train together in the classroom. The original course material was developed and taught for many years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Through years of research and development, the curriculum was specifically tailored to meet the challenges and needs of the law enforcement community.

The course focus is the systematic development of leaders at all levels of an organization - the concept of "every officer is a leader." Besides teaching people how to lead individuals, the LPO course coaches people on how to lead groups, organizations, and efforts toward change. The LPO course attendees study these dynamics to become adept at making groups cohesive and better able to reach organizational goals. This knowledge acquired by participants about themselves and others has enhanced relationships both on and off the job, making a profound, life-changing impact on many course graduates. In the 21st century, police organizations can no longer rely on an individual or small group of leaders.

This three-week course emphasizes applied learning and utilizes small group case studies, videos, role playing, and class exercises to reinforce learning. Students are taught leader strategies for use in dealing with practical work place challenges. The course teaches participants the behavioral science theories to better understand how to lead individuals, groups, change, and organizations. Participants are challenged to use the theories and strategies taught to increase the motivation, satisfaction, and performance within their organization and to support organizational change.