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Training Courses

The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) is pleased to offer the following training courses for members and non-members of CPCA. The courses, which are all offered on multiple dates in various parts of California, range from one day to four days. We encourage you to sign up and take advantage of these great training opportunities which promise to provide personal and professional growth. REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY FOR ALL COURSES. Please click the links below for registration and additional course information. If you have any questions about these training courses, please contact Brittany Davis, Training Coordinator, at [email protected]

Executive Development Certificate Program
Upon completing the three executive program courses below within three years, you will receive a California Police Chiefs Association Executive Development Certificate. For more information about the Executive Development Program, please visit our website here.

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.

Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information.



Succeeding as a Police Chief: Beyond the Basics
This three-day course best serves those who are new to the Police Chief role or have already taken the Becoming a Police Chief course. Participants will explore the first six months on the job, identify department priorities, and listen to common first year challenges. Participants will also learn how to build effective command staff teams and the best practices in strategic visioning and planning. Highlights of the course will include managing the professional and personal challenges of being a Chief and contemporary issues in 21st Century policing. This course is a build-on to our Becoming a Police Chief course and designed to assist with "what's next" on the job. This course is part of CPCA's Executive Development Certificate program.

Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information.


Strategic and Succession Planning for Chiefs of Police & Seconds in Command

Many departments are continuing to face challenges when more is being asked and mandated while resources are maintained or cut.  As technology, transparency and public expectations change evolve, law enforcement needs to set a stable course to provide a high level of customer service and address external and internal issues.  Many agencies are developing and updating their business (strategic) plans to continue their mission and improve the likelihood of success. Part of this plan is examining staff development, retention, and recruitment and training the current and future leaders of our agencies.

The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has designed an intensive, one-day course for Chiefs of Police and Seconds-in-Command to give them the skills necessary to create these plans expeditiously and cost effectively.  This class will examine the strategic and succession planning processes and combines the discussion of current strategic and succession plans with interactive exercises.

Areas to be covered include:

  • Change Management
  • Identifying Values, Mission Statement and Vision
  • Assessment
  • Issue Identification
  • Goals and Strategies
  • Workforce Analysis and Gap Identification
  • Staff Development, Recruitment, Retention and Knowledge Transfer Strategies
  • Evaluation Measures

Students will be provided with a variety of strategic plans and material necessary to develop and implement agency plans. This course is part of CPCA's Executive Development Certificate program.

Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information. 


Partnering for Success
There's no I in TEAM. So, what does it mean to truly partner for success? As your resource of choice, the California Police Chiefs Association has laid out a road map to ensure true partnership and success.

Partnering for the Success of Your City: A Course for Police Chiefs and City Managers

Few city government relationships are more important than the partnership between the city manager and police chief.  It's a relationship that sets the tone and serves as a powerful symbol of staff alignment and professionalism. Therefore, the manager-chief team must be at its best! This highly interactive course covers such topics as:

  • Roles, needs, and expectations
  • Politics and elected officials
  • Communication: day-to-day and in crisis
  • Trust: The Secret Sauce!
  • Community relations & engagement
  • Current & emerging issues
  • The most effective managers & chiefs

Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information.


Partnering for Your Department's Success: A Course for Law Enforcement Executive Assistants

This seminar offers a one-of-its-kind training experience for not only current chief’s executive assistants, but also for those who regularly fill in during their absence, or who aspire to become an executive assistant in the future. The course teaches expectations of the chief of police: how to best partner with them, handle difficult situations and crises, and discern the ‘nuances’ of the job. It provides tools to immediately increase your value and improve your job performance. This mini-conference is presented in a blended group dynamic, lecture format. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions from field experts and to interact, network, and build relationships with their peers. Participants take a deep-dive into various relevant topics. Partnering for Your Department's Success: A Course for Law Enforcement Executive Assistants is led by Retired Chief Deb Linden and Executive Assistant Melanie Randel, and includes:

  • Software instruction by Derek Crawford, owner of Software Solutions
  • Strengths training (Leveraging Talent to Drive Performance) by Deanna Potter from the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness
  • Personnel issues and records with an attorney from one of the industry's leading law firms
  • ...and much more!
Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information.


Partnering for Team Success: A Course for Seconds in Command

This course is designed to provide the law enforcement leader with an awareness and understanding of current issues relating to the role of “Second in Command” in a law enforcement agency. We will identify issues, problems and practices that every leader needs to understand to excel. We will focus on cultivating your relationship with your Chief that provides you the best opportunities to for a vibrant partnership. By understanding your role and the role of the Chief, your team and the entire department will succeed.

Course dates and locations are as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional course information.


Summits
The California Police Chiefs Association has compiled the following summits to fit the needs of your schedule. Each summit was designed to bring relevant and timely information to you in a shorter time frame. Our summits range from 6-8 hours and are guaranteed to leave you informed and not pressed for time.

Technology Summit
With technology becoming a valuable resource to police departments, the CPCA Technology Summit aims to inform attendees about the new-and-improved devices available to help fight crime and better serve your community. In addition, we will help you understand the rapid expansion of technology and learn about its place in your police department, understanding how its use can help you better service your communities.

The summit date and location is as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional summit information.

Who’s Telling Your Story?
How to make sure you are telling YOUR story and changing the narrative through digital and mainstream media. The one-day training summit will focus on subject matters such as:

  • Why? Why we need to change the narrative
  • Social Media platform breakdown: Understanding strengths and weaknesses
  • Effective storytelling and branding your agency
  • How to grow and foster your digital community
  • Generating internal “buy-in” and support for digital efforts
  • Seizing and maintaining the narrative during critical incidents

This training day is ideally suited for Chief, command staff, and public information officers to learn how to best institute and foster an organizational culture geared towards success in the digital world.

The summit date and location is as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional summit information.


Regional Communication Training: Having a Communication Strategy that Works in Your Community
This one-day summit is designed for chiefs and their seconds in command where you will learn the art of communicating; How to communicate, how to get your message out, the ins and outs of a successful media interview, tips for holding a successful community meetings, and crisis communications. The training will be led by Chief Deanna Cantrell (San Luis Obispo PD) and Media Consultant Laura Cole.

The summit date and location is as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional summit information.

California's Illegal Cannabis Industry - Strategies for Police Leaders
Whether your city has embraced or rejected the recreational cannabis industry, illegal cannabis operations ARE HAPPENING in your city. Dealing effectively with these challenges is of growing concern as the illegal market continues to grow and prosper under the weight of the legal market regulations.This one-day summit is designed to provide chiefs and command staff tools and strategies to develop collaborative responses to deal with illegal cannabis operations. Learn from the experts in agencies actively engaged in the illegal industry operations representatives from Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego regions, as well as the State’s Bureau of Cannabis Control.

The summit date and location is as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional summit information.


RIPA Data Collection & Reporting Summit

The first RIPA Stop Data Collection Report containing data analysis from the from the first wave agencies is coming out in April 2020. How will DOJ interpret and report the data, what benchmarks will be used, and how will other stakeholders respond?  What can other agencies learn from Wave 1 and 2 agencies prior to their data collection in 2021 and 2022? This summit will offer insights into DOJ’s report shortly after its release and will provide an overview of what agencies can expect when they start collecting data. This insightful summit will feature representatives from agencies currently reporting as well as members of the RIPA board and DOJ. Don’t be caught off guard by the upcoming reporting requirements for your department.

The summit date and location is as follows. Please click on the link for registration and additional summit information.


National Command and Staff College MAGNUS Leadership
In law enforcement, one thing is certain: crisis will happen! Breaking down each crisis to understand the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity is a philosophy known as VUCA. Viewing the police environment from the VUCA perspective is empowering and an essential skill for police officers nationwide. In simple terms, VUCA is chaos. Today the professional LEO must recognize and mitigate VUCA, to minimize disruptive and destabilizing effects it may have on themselves and the agency. The workshop led by Dr. Javidi and his associates since 2016 does just that. It turbo-charges star performance leadership capable of sustained strategic innovations and operational excellence. More specifically, it provides practical and tactical counter VUCA strategies for officer effectiveness, wellness, and resiliency. MAGNUS Leadership is based on the science of Reversal Theory, Moral Philosophy, Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence. For more information, click here

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