Law Enforcement Leadership and Supervision
Law enforcement organizations are defined by the quality of their leadership and supervision. Leadership is the ability to influence others, not just a title. Effective leaders earn the respect, trust, and loyalty of their followers. Time and again, studies have identified first-line supervisors as critical to an organization’s leadership effectiveness. Good leadership, however, does not occur in a vacuum. It requires well-trained supervisors who understand the arts and sciences of motivating and inspiring officers, communicating effectively, managing chronic underperformers, setting and enforcing ethical standards, shaping organizational culture, and holding officers accountable.
The two-day course is designed to provide students with the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to lead effectively in today’s complex law enforcement organizations. The materials are delivered through a combination of interactive small-group learning exercises, facilitated discussions, and problem-solving activities. Students will learn the traits and behaviors of good leaders, proper use of power and authority, cultivating and growing leadership abilities, harnessing the positive power of expectations, holding employees accountable, counseling difficult employees, and motivating others.
To provide students with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to lead effectively in today’s complex law enforcement organizations.
Brian Fitch, Ph.D., is a lieutenant and a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Fitch is a nationally recognized expert who has trained more than 25,000 law enforcement professionals in leadership, communication, decision making, and ethics throughout the United States, as well as abroad in Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Fitch holds faculty positions at Woodbury University and Southwestern University School of Law. Dr. Fitch has published more than 25 articles on leadership, communication, and ethics in Police Chief, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Auspol, RCMP Gazette, and Law and Order, among others. Dr. Fitch has published and edited four books, including Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues (Sage, 2013); and Law Enforcement Interpersonal Communication: The IMPACT Model (Sage, 2015). He is a graduate of the California Commission on POST Master Instructor Development Program and Cornell University’s Executive Leadership Program. Dr. Fitch holds a master’s degree in communication studies and a doctorate in human development.
Course Pre-requisites: Sworn Law Enforcement
Special Equipment/Other Needs: None
Total Course Hours: 16 Hours (can be customized to customer's individual needs, including 8 hours)
Training Activity: Classroom
Approved Course List: 25 Maximum
Course Number: Not in course catalog
Course Justification: Counter-Terrorism Investigations and Law Enforcement - 2.1: The law enforcement community will ensure that suspects involved in criminal activities related to homeland security are successfully identified, deterred, detected, disrupted, investigated, and apprehended.
Target Discipline: LE Supervisors at all levels, including FTO, corporal, and sergeant, lieutenant.
Training Level: Sworn Law Enforcement