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Becoming a Police Chief: Developing a Mindset for Success and Service - Pismo Beach
The Cliffs Hotel and Spa
2757 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Monday, April 19, 2021, 8:00 AM to Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:00 PM PST
Category: Events

This course is currently full. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact Brittany MacKenzie, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] Thank you.

Becoming a Police Chief: Developing a Mindset for Success and Service

This four-day course will prepare you for assuming the position of Chief of Police, and what to do and what not to do when you first take the job. You will learn about the expectations of the Chief of Police from the: city manager, elected officials, news media, and police chiefs’ points of view. Also covered in this course are shaping public policy, labor relations and personnel issues, legal issues, leading in a political environment, organizational development and change, public engagement, crisis communication, leadership and planning your career as a police executive. This course is part of CPCA's Executive Development Certificate program.  

If you’re a newly appointed Chief, interested in becoming a Police Chief, or a second-in-command that wants to find out how best to support your Chief, this course is essential.  

This course is WHERE you need to be to find out:  

  • WHY you may want the job — The rewards and challenges of leading today’s police department.
  • WHAT is expected of a Police Chief from the perspective of several critical and influential stakeholders.
  • HOW to effectively anticipate and assess issues and the need for change upon taking command of a municipal police agency.
  • WHEN you are ready to be a police chief and how to prepare in order to be successful.  

Topics covered in this course will include:  

  • Preparing for the position of Chief of Police and how to be competitive when applying.
  • Expectations of the Chief of Police from the points of view of the city manager, elected officials, news media, and other police chiefs.
  • Contemporary legal issues for the Police Chief.
  • Shaping Public Policy.
  • Labor Relations and Personnel Issues for the Police Chief.
  • Leading in a Political Environment.
  • Organizational Development and Change.
  • Public Engagement: A Vital Leadership Skill.
  • Crisis Communication and Leadership.  

The course will be presented using a combination of learning techniques, including attendee participation, small group discussion, lecture, scenarios, and discussion panels. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with experienced police chiefs, city managers, executive search consultants, police legal advisors, and other experts who specialize in the topics listed above.

Course Instructors
Click links below for bios.
Chief Joel Bryden (retired), Walnut Creek Police Department
Morin Jacob, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley (retired), Cypress Police Department
Jim Touchstone, Partner, Jones & Mayer
Ed Medrano, Chief of the Division of Law Enforcement, California DOJ
Laura Cole, President and Founder, Cole Pro Media
Pete Peterson, Dean of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

Course Coordinator & Instructor
Chief Darryl McAllister (retired), Union City Police Department

Registration Information

We are not currently taking any registrations because this course is full. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact Brittany MacKenzie, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] Thank you.

POST Tuition CPCA Registration Fee Total Registration Cost
$500 $75 $575

POST Course Information
Course Control Number: 1137-10860-20-002

Plan Type: IV - Travel and per diem reimbursement

What's Included?
Coffee and an afternoon snack will be provided each day, and lunch will be provided on the first day.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Shannon Mahoney. Cancellations received at least 20 days prior to the beginning of the course date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between 19 days and 10 days will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 10 days prior to the event will not receive a refund.  Registrations are transferable, all changes must be made 10 days prior to the start of the course. NO SHOWS forfeit full registration fee. Course fees are NOT transferable after the last course date.

Course Location Information

This course will be taking place at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa in Pismo Beach, CA. There is a room block established at this hotel for those wishing to stay. 

Location Address
     The Cliffs Hotel and Spa
     2757 Shell Beach Road
     Pismo Beach, CA 93449
     Hotel Website

Hotel Reservations
We have secured a room rate of $175 + taxes and fees per night. Please note there is a $30/night parking/facilities fee. Please make your reservation by the cut-off date of Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 to ensure you get this rate.

Booking Information
     Book Online
        - Click here to book your hotel reservation online and use group ID: 215264
        - If you prefer to make your reservations over the phone, please call 805-773-5000 and
          identify yourself as being with the California Police Chiefs Association group.

Contact: Brittany MacKenzie, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] or 916-333-0505