Police Executive Development (POLEX) Basic

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of executive-level law enforcement practitioners. Key topics and concepts include: developing leadership skills, understanding the role and impact of organizational culture, liability issues and minimizing the department's risk, critical policy development and implementation, developing decision making and planning skills, issues for measuring police productivity and quality, how to more effectively handle problem employees and enhancing communication skills.

Course Objectives

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

  1. List and describe management theories and practices that are applicable to the private and public sector and specifically police services.
  2. Describe the manner in which demographics and social change (community norms) impact the demand for police services and service expectations.
  3. Describe the manner in which demographics and social change impact the management of a police agency.
  4. Identify methods (through classroom exercise) for police managers to anticipate and plan for meeting the challenges of changing demographics, social norms and community expectations.
  5. Define the differences between leadership and management and the role of each factor in promoting a forward-looking organization.
  6. List and define types of problem employees.
  7. Describe the reasons for regular employee feedback and coaching.
  8. List common rating errors such as recency, halo effect and central tendency.
  9. List acceptable methods for dealing with problem employees.
  10. Identify the typical steps to problem solving.
  11. List landmark cases regarding police liability and the salient facts of those cases.
  12. Identify the role of critical policies, practices and training in setting the stage for agency and personal liability.
  13. Identify and define direct and vicarious liability.
  14. Identify and describe the types of claims and actions that are likely to be taken by the plaintiff's attorney.
  15. Identify methods for surveying and reviewing a department's current policies and practices for risk potential.
  16. Demonstrate (through classroom exercise) how critical policies are developed, updated and implemented.
  17. Give examples of how ethically-centered leadership creates and nurtures value-driven followership.
  18. Give examples of how lapses in ethical practices negatively impact public trust and detract from department effectiveness.
  19. Identify various generational groups and the differences in their motivations.
  20. Give examples of how police managers can cope with different generational groups in the work environment.
  21. Describe (through classroom discussion) how the various topics presented in the two-week POLEX program are interrelated and important to effective police management.



Students should have a basic supervision course prior to taking this class.

Course Length

10 days (80 hours)

Who May Attend This Course