Police Executive Development (POLEX) Advanced

Course Description

Advanced POLEX is designed to build on skills gained in the POLEX program. Advanced POLEX presumes that the participant has continued his or her ascension to increasing levels of responsibility in the law enforcement profession. A significant portion of the program explores in greater depth the issue of planning and the incorporation of professional, agency and community values in developing agency direction. The program also focuses on budgeting skills, media relations, creativity and risk taking.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe current management theories and their application to the world of law enforcement management.
  2. Provide examples of innovation in current law enforcement management practices.
  3. Provide examples of exemplary law enforcement leaders, their qualities and limitations.
  4. Identify methods for nurturing and promoting creativity within the police department.
  5. Identify one's own personal perspective and tolerance toward risk taking.
  6. Describe the purpose of a budget.
  7. List budget frameworks and structures.
  8. List and describe budgetary systems (types and applications).
  9. Describe how factors such as recruiting, retention and civilianization impact the department's ability to maintain and develop capacity.
  10. Describe how to factor in current and future service demands
  11. Demonstrate (through classroom exercise) how to present a budget to decision makers.
  12. Define and describe the use of trend analysis and benchmarking.
  13. Describe the strategic planning process.
  14. Identify and list stakeholders in department services.
  15. Describe the SWOT process.
  16. Identify and define vision, mission and strategies.
  17. Use simple mathematic application to identify, measure and select priorities.
  18. Identify methods for evaluating the impact of efforts and incorporating impact evaluation into planning.
  19. Demonstrate (through classroom exercise) the methods for developing, implementing and monitoring a strategic plan.
  20. Demonstrate (through classroom exercise) how to present an agency plan to decision makers.
  21. Provide examples of critical events and the role of media.
  22. Describe how the legitimate role of media may cause friction with law enforcement operations.
  23. Describe how poor media relations can negatively impact agency and personal image.
  24. Describe methods for effectively managing media and agency needs.
  25. Describe the role and function of a public information officer.
  26. Demonstrate (through classroom exercise) how to effectively manage the media during a critical event.



Successful completion of POLEX Basic or comparable program

Course Length

10 days (80 hours)

Who May Attend This Course