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The Sergeants’ Academy Online is a series of LIVE, ON-LINE classes conducted with participants from across the United States.
Save on Travel, Lodging – and for the short term, unhealthy group gatherings – along with other expenses associated with classroom training!
This academy is presented in five, consecutive, six-hour workshops.
Registration: NEW! EASIER REGISTRATION! Note the number of people who will be attending and follow the prompts to pay with credit card. You do NOT need a PayPal account. The receipt you receive is proof of registration.
Dates: The training sessions are conducted as noted below. When you register, please note the dates on your own calendar and be prepared to promptly join the class at least 5 minutes before it begins on-line.
Times: Each successive block begins PROMPTLY at 08:30 hours. Whether at work or at home, it is perfectly acceptable to take a break and/or have a snack or meal at your computer workstation. We may take a 30 minute break each day depending on the decision of participants.
Interactive: One of the things I have been instructed about is the fact that some students (yes, even LEOs) will log in to an online course, go watch television or walk their dog, then come back and claim credit. In order to maintain the official blessings of various State P.O.S.T. agencies, I have guaranteed them that we will ensure that all students must interact with the instructor on a regular, unannounced basis during each block of training. I hate to have to do that, but I do not get to set those rules … it could be some of your friends and mine have been the ones who screwed it up for everyone … and they would probably be among the first to claim “integrity.”
Roster: Again, in order to maintain the blessings of various P.O.S.T. agencies, we will maintain a roster for each training session. If, for some reason, a student cannot participate in one of the sessions, please contact me personally and we may work out some other arrangements. However, in order to get a Certificate of Completion for the full, 30 hours’ credit, each student must have paid tuition and attend all five workshops.
Homework Assignments: There is no homework.
Course Credit: 30 hours
This course is intended for both commissioned and non-commissioned candidates for promotion and those who already hold the rank of Sergeant, Supervisor, Manager or Director. Agencies may choose to also include certain personnel who are not yet official candidates for promotion, but clearly demonstrate potential for promotion at some point in their future career. Participation is NOT LIMITED to commissioned personnel; they may be from Patrol, Corrections/Jail, Records, Dispatch/911 or any other section within your agency. Civilian personnel are also welcome in this (or any other) Academy.
COURSE OUTLINE: The Sergeants’ Academy Course Online & LIVE
Session 1 (November 1, 2021) – The Sergeant's Role As Visionary & Strategic Planner Among The Topics To Be Covered: Strategic issues facing law enforcement over the next 10 years and how to plan and manage around them; executive-level techniques for strategic and tactical planning; improving productivity and quality; creating a learning organization versus a trained organization; developing an effective Mission and Vision; principles of effective Strategic Planning; Developing an effective Planning Cycle Calendar tied to your agency’s budget.
Session 2 (November 2, 2021) – The Sergeant's Role In Implementing Effective Leadership & Management Principles Among The Topics To Be Covered: How to create an environment that fosters effective decision making and acceptance of accountability at all echelons; implementing an effective job performance review system; how to improve communication among and between the rank structure, shifts, and sections.
Session 3 (November 3, 2021) – The Sergeant's Role In Finance & Budgeting Among The Topics To Be Covered: How to always be prepared for budget presentations; integrating the department’s goals with the budget process; how to sell your budget to other policy makers, budget committees and the taxpayers; how and why to involve decision makers throughout your agency in finance and budgeting. (This is not an accounting or bookkeeping class!)
Session 4 (November 4, 2021) – The Sergeant's Role In People Management Among The Topics To Be Covered: Who is the “team” for this agency? What does it take to create and maintain an effective team, focused on the agencies mission and objectives? What factors become obstacles to effective teams? What is senior leadership’s role in leading by example and expecting others to follow accordingly?
Session 5 (November 5, 2021) – The Sergeant's Role In Community and Media Relations Among The Topics To Be Covered: Why every law enforcement agency needs an effective marketing program; fundamentals of marketing, community relations, publicity and media relations; structuring the role of an effective Public Information Officer; how to deal with negative press; how and when to conduct a press conference; how to get the word out about your agency without relying solely on local media; critical elements in developing an effective marketing program.