Every Officer is a Leader   

 

Every Officer is a Leader

 

Today, the role of police is evolving to encompass broader areas of influence, from local community problems to global issues.  The impact an officer can have on a community goes far beyond arrest and prosecution of criminals. The focus has become more on change leadership, change management, public trust, competence, problem solving, analysis, and collaboration among community groups and other police agencies.  Police work and police responsibilities are more thoroughly viewed under aspects of legitimacy.  There are close links between these kinds of requirements and high expectations from the public whose police service - both the whole organization and the individual officer - should have a problem-oriented approach, act in accordance with the situation, in an anticipative, competent way and with a sense of social responsibility.  A common refrain found in the research and practice is that leadership competence – as opposed to incompetence - is necessary. One powerful way to prevent inefficient management and ineffective leadership from occurring at the supervisory and managerial levels is to instill leadership competence as a required competency in front line officers, so that when they are promoted, they already have been developing their leadership capacity for years.  In some recruit training programs there is a brief self-awareness and interpersonal-relations focus, but none have specific education and competency-based training in self-management, social and emotional intelligence skills, and team and organization development skills that are necessary for success in the very complex job of police leadership at any rank.

 

In cooperation with the International Academy of Public Safety, IADLEST has developed the specific curriculum and tool kits to fill gaps. It is called “Every Officer is a Leader”. The curriculum has been established for direct delivery to line personnel, executives and a train-the-trainer.  Each class will be 2 days in length: a 2-day Executive course, a 2-day Train-the-Trainer Course and a 2-day Line Officer course.  The courses will be presented consecutively (i.e.: 6 days in a row), so Executives can take the course that promotes the ideals and goals of the training so that management understands the shift in philosophy, then the Train-the-Trainer course, so that Executives or their trainer designees can receive the materials to each the Line Officer course (for further sustainability at their agencies) and then the trainers will co-instruct and practice teach the Line Officer Course. 

 

There are an initial series of classes that are grant-funded through the COPS Office, so there will be no cost to participants.  We have funding to present 5 of these 6-day events between now and June 2021:

 

Nevada POST Academy, Carson City, NV

January 26-31, 2020

 

 

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Training Center, Fultondale, AL

August 8-14, 2020

 

Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL

December 14-19, 2020

 

Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, Sykesville, MD

Date:  TBA

 

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Salem, OR

Date: TBA

 

The classes may also be presented for a fee at your location.  If your agency is interested in being a host for one of these events, please contact:

 

Mark E. Damitio

Grants and Accreditation Manager 

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)

Phone: (316) 640-6513

Email: Mark Damitio