Leadership in the Public Sector

Leadership in the Public Sector is a series of eight courses each containing ten hours of interactive instruction. The program is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the essential management concepts required to be an effective leader in public sector agencies. There is an emphasis on public safety but many of the concepts are universally applicable to public sector management. These courses are for anyone working in a public agency seeking to obtain or improve their leadership skills. People seeking advancement, newly appointed supervisors, commanders, Chiefs, or established leaders wanting to expand and refresh their knowledge.

Students will be awarded ONE Continuing Education Credit (CEU) for the completion of each course. Upon completing all 8 courses students will be awarded a Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate of Completion/8 CEU’s. 

COURSE COSTS $185 each for the first two courses. Each additional course after the first two, is discounted to $185 each.

MATERIALS NEEDED Computer with webcam and high-speed internet access. All course reading materials will be provided by the instructor.

WHERE AND WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD Courses will be housed and offered online. Interactive Zooms will take place once a week.


March 16 – April 1, 2021

Leadership in the Public Sector

Whatever position, title, or rank you may hold in a public sector agency, this class will provide the information necessary to improve your leadership abilities. The class will present the benefits and consequences of effective and ineffective leadership as well as strategies for managing the responsibilities that come with leadership. Classes scheduled Tuesday evenings 6:00 PM-8:30 PM and one Saturday morning from 9-11:30 AM . 10 hours 

Tuesday, March 16th: Theories, Models, and Styles of Leadership
Saturday, March 20th: Legal, Ethical, and Moral Dilemmas
Tuesday, March 23rd:  Internal, External, and Personal Leadership
Tuesday, March 30th: Consequences and courage in leadership


Policy Development and Implementation

Understanding policy development and the implementation of policy through procedures is fundamental to the operation of any agency. This class teaches how to develop, implement, and codify policy and procedure consistent with law and prudent operation of the agency. Classes are scheduled Thursday evenings 6:00 PM-8:30 PM and one Saturday afternoon from 1-3:30 PM. 10 hours

Thursday, March 18th: Understanding Policy Basics
Saturday, March 20th: Developing the Policy and Manual
Thursday, March 25th: Implementing Procedures Based on Policy
Thursday, April 1st: Implications of Policy and procedure



April 6 – 29, 2021

Management and Oversight

Primarily focused on Law enforcement agencies, this class focuses on the responsibility of supervisory and command personnel in training, performance oversight and evaluation, with particular emphasis on use of force issues. The management structure of the agency will be explained in terms of the structure’s integration with oversight procedures. Classes scheduled Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours

Tuesday, April 6th: Supervisor and Command responsibilities
Tuesday, April 13th: Training Structure and Requirements
Tuesday, April 20th: Use of Force Theory and Practice
Tuesday, April 27th: Performance Evaluation


Operations and Deployment

The foundation of any police agency is the theory of operation adopted and the deployment scheme utilized as a result. This class will explain the relationships between functional components of the agency including scheduling, the assessment of effectiveness and most importantly the adoption of strategic initiatives. Classes scheduled Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours
Thursday, April 8th: Understanding Functional Relationships
Thursday, April 15th: Deployment, The Resources to Demand Ratio
Thursday, April 22nd: Allocated, Unallocated, and time-on-Call Factors
Thursday, April 29th: Strategies, The Big Picture



May 4 – May 27, 2021

Human Resources Management

All organizations are the sum of the people who are a part of them. This class takes a humanistic approach and examines the principles and guidelines to meet due process requirements, meaningfully communicate, and manage in union and non-union environments. Classes scheduled Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours

Tuesday, May 4th: Due Process Requirements
Tuesday, May 11th: Effective Communication
Tuesday, May 18th: Managing Union and Non-Union Workforce
Tuesday, May 25th: Collective Bargaining: Legal, Political, and Strategic


Public Sector Budgeting

There is no way around the fact that budgets determine the flexibility of any agency in response to demands for service. This class teaches the fundamentals of city/town budgeting with an in-depth look at police department budge preparation, tracking, and long-term/short-term planning. Classes scheduled Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours

Thursday, May 6th: Understanding the City/Police Department Budget
Thursday, May 13th: Budget Preparation, Types of Budgets
Thursday, May 20th: Revenues, Procurement and Expenditures
Thursday, May 27th: Long-term and Short-term Planning



June 1 – June 24, 2021

Information Management and Technology

Law enforcement agencies are in the information business. This class will provide an understanding of how information flows, the integration of technology, the application of analysis and the role data plays in the development of operational strategy. Classes scheduled Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours

Tuesday, June 1st: Understanding Information Management
Tuesday, June 8th: Leveraging Technology, Price/Performance Ratio
Tuesday, June 15th: Incorporating Intelligence and Analysis
Tuesday, June 22nd: Information/Data Driven Strategies


Internal, External and Media Relations

Information and dis-information move at an extremely rapid pace in the world of emergency services and particularly fast in response to incidents involving the police. This class will demonstrate the importance of having effect systems for the exchange of information under routine and emergency situations. Classes scheduled Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. 10 hours

Thursday, June 3rd: Balancing Transparency, Confidentiality, and Law
Thursday, June 10th: Managing Political Realities/ Professional Relationships
Thursday, June 17th: Effective Social Media Management
Thursday, June 24th: Strategies for Dealing with Traditional Media