We start with the premise that leading is not easy. After thousands of years of thinking about influence and power, we still cannot prescribe a certain set of skills that will make us successful leaders in every situation. But we do know successful leadership is a relationship among self, others, and context. Our course explores topics such as personal leadership, emotional intelligence, power and politics, organizational culture, dynamics with employees born in different generations, as well as individual personality and leadership self-assessments. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Let us give you new tools to take your leadership to the next level.
Decision Point: Ethics, Morality, and Decision Making
From peaceful protests to violent riots to the psychological, political, and financial uncertainties from the Covid-19 epidemic, the past year has been a year in turmoil. The voice for racial equality has never been louder. Rarely have we seen this level of conflict in our communities. The need for police agencies and their communities to come together has never been greater. And that means open communication, greater respect and appreciation of one another, and better education on all sides of the issues. The push of late, clearly highlighted in 2020, has been for greater police training in "de-escalation" techniques. No doubt each of us could find benefit in learning how to better control our emotions, slow down a bit before making critical decisions, and use better communication techniques to defuse conflict. Yet, with every new course and technique that comes out, we get further from the truth, further from the root answer. If we truly want equality and fairness across our criminal justice system, we need to look no further than what we have known for thousands of years. Do the right thing. The challenge is that we all look at the world with different lens and have different baggage (experiences, cultures, demographics, influences, advocates, loyalties) informing these lenses. Even if we start with Doing the Right Thing as our compass, we often do not know what the right thing to do is. In this two-day course, each student receives Decision Point: Real-life Ethical Dilemmas in Law Enforcement, a textbook comprising 27 real-life scenarios and outcomes sure to help each of us better recognize, appreciate, and ultimately address the many considerations and consequences (intended and unintended) surrounding moral choices faced by the police officers every day. This is not your grandfather’s ethics class with boring theory and models of limited real-world value. We discuss the use of force, constitutional issues surrounding the 1st and 4th Amendments, loyalty and duty, discretion, diversity and discrimination, leadership, and so many other topics…all in the context of strengthening trust and relationships with our communities. Taught primarily through story-telling and real-life ethical challenges, this class promises to be both practical and engaging culminating with mechanisms and thought processes to help make the best decisions possible in today’s divisive and dynamic climate.
The Art of Managing Conflict
Conflict is a natural part of the human condition. When a dispute arises, often the best path to resolution is negotiation. Negotiation can lead to greater understanding of issues and perspectives as well as improved communications and relationships. But conflict resolution should not mean conflict avoidance. Conflict, properly handled, can lead to innovation, creative ways of thinking, and most importantly, the mitigation of group think. Effectively addressing conflict is a necessity in our organizations and our communities. Let us help your leaders develop effective strategies to resolve negative conflict and encourage constructive conflict.
Leading At-Risk Employees
Most people who enter a career in policing are unaware of the physical and emotional toll the profession can produce. Sometimes officers turn to addictive behaviors with devastating consequences. Addictions can lead to destroyed lives, careers, and families. Ask yourself, how much of your day is spent on personnel issues? How many of these issues are related to alcohol or other addictions? How much training have you received with regard to leading employees who engage in abusive behaviors and addictions? We sadly know the answers because we've been asking police leaders these questions for years. Law enforcement leaders need to embrace effective training with regard to leading at-risk employees. Comprehensive addiction training helps our employees, our agencies, and our communities.
The CPLE understands most of our participants represent public safety organizations with limited budgets and resources and a strong commitment to a sense of fiscal responsibility to their communities. If your agency is interested in hosting The Crossing, please email us at email@example.com, and we'll discuss which of the two models represents your best interest.
We organize our classes around two models or a combination of the two.
Model 1 is based on individual registrations. The CPLE and a host agency offer the program with open registration to other law enforcement agencies. Individual student tuition is $395.00 for each course with the host agency receiving free seats for hosting and marketing the course.
Model 2 is based on a single contract. An organization, association, or local, state, or federal government agency contracts with the CPLE to fund the event. The rate in Model 2 is $349.00 per student for each course. Registration with Model 2 is handled through your agency.
Individual Registration (Model 1)
We've made individual registration simple and convenient. Email us your interest. We will pre-register you for the course at that point. Once the course has reached the minimum number of attendees, you will receive an email from the CPLE stating the status has moved from Tentative to Complete. You will be asked to confirm registration and submit payment at that time to complete the registration process.
As a nonprofit organization, we prefer checks as opposed to credit/purchase cards to avoid associated fees. However, we understand purchase cards are preferred by many agencies, which is perfectly acceptable. If you are able to submit payment via check, our mailing address is:
CPLE International 4080 Monticello Avenue Suite 18-1 #126 Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
If you choose to pay via a purchase or credit card, please select the SUBMIT PAYMENT button below. Our secure, online registration process allows for easy registration. Simply choose the Solutions We Bring to You option, provide your contact information, and select your form of payment. You will receive a confirmation email upon final completion of the registration.
Again, please do not submit payment in any form until you receive an email confirming the class status has moved from Tentative to Complete.