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.

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

This four day POST Plan III 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.

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 Role of the 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 part of CPCA's Executive Development Certificate program.

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

The working relationship of the City Manager and the Police Chief is a critical element of successful local government. To be effective, each must have an understanding of various activities and critical elements. Through various exercises and lecture this course will provide both with a better understanding of each persons roles and how to collaborate together in the best interest of their city. The Police Chief/City Manager course is a two-day course, POST Plan III.

In this workshop your team will identify personal communication, roles and expectations, learn to manage crisis communications, develop community relations and public trust and develop a plan to preserve the relationship between both roles.

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

You asked, and we listened! We have combined the Partnering for Success: Role of the Chief’s Executive Assistant course, and the Role of the Police Chief Executive Assistant Advanced Course to bring you a THREE day Role of the Law Enforcement Executive course. This seminar offers a great learning experience not only for current Chief’s Executive Assistants, but also for those who regularly fill in during their absence and those who aspire to become and Executive Assistant in the future. This course teaches the expectations of the chief of police and how to best assist them, how to handle difficult and crisis situations, and tools to increase your value and improve your job performance. This course will be presented in a blended, group dynamic, lecture format. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions from field experts and to interact and build relationships with their peers. Attendees will get a deep-dive into various topics. The course will be led by Retired Chief Deb Linden and Executive Assistant Melanie Randel and include software instruction by Derek Crawford.

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

In these volatile and uncertain times, the need to prioritize and stabilize our resources, budget and programs has never been greater.  Today, both private and public sector organizations 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.

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.

What's Your Story? Summit 

What’s Your Story? How to tell YOUR story and change the narrative through digital and mainstream media. Is a one-day panel training summit that will focus on subject matters such as:

  • Why? Why we need to change the narrative
  • How to build your news platform
  • Telling the stories your community may not know about
  • What does the community want to hear from you?
  • How to communicate the new narrative internally
  • Addressing an OIS
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Sacramento

Partnering for Team Success: A Course for Seconds in Command

This course is designed to provide the participant with an awareness and understanding of current issues relating to the job of “Second in Command”. We will identify issues or problems and practice leadership by developing an appropriate response. We will focus on cultivating your relationship with the Chief. By understanding your role and the role of the chief, your team and the entire department will succeed.


Regional Communication Training: Having a Communication Strategy that Works in Your Community

Cal Chiefs is introducing a new regional training; Having a Communication Strategy that Works in Your Community. This is the first training of its kind and we are excited to bring this opportunity to six different regions. 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.

 Legislative Summit

Cal Chiefs Legislative Summit is designed specifically for current active CA Municipal Police Chiefs and their seconds in command (if attending with their Chief).

Cal Chiefs’ Annual Legislative Summit is a great opportunity to come to Sacramento and directly participate in the legislative process and impact the bills and budget items we are concerned with. The day is for chiefs and seconds to be briefed on the key bills impacting our profession, pick up packets of material that include talking points and background information and then head across the street to meet with your legislators during appointments that Cal Chiefs’ has scheduled for you. The impact of California’s police chiefs, in uniform, in the halls of Sacramento, is an impressive one, and your relationship with your elected official is critical to our success in ensuring that our legislative priorities are met.


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 on the course listings, below:


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