Leadership and Command Staff Program (LCS-IAPS)

Credit Type:  Graduate Level 

ACE Course Number:  0001 – National Registry 

Tuition:  $3,000 Early Registration – $4,200 Late Registration

Length:  Hybrid. 320 hours (220 hrs. on-line & 80 hrs. classroom)

    • On-line portion is offered over 12 weeks
    • Residency portion is offered over 2 weeks

Locations:  Current Locations – Review Below

    • Planned Session #010 – Rochester PD, MN
    • Planned Session #011 – Green Bay, WI
    • Proposed Session #012 – Oklahoma City, OK
    • Proposed Session #013 – New Orleans, LA
    • Proposed Session #014 – Las Vegas, NV

Objective:  The course objective is to improve leadership capability through creating more aware leaders, including intentionally deeper investments in the human domain and aligning mission and values. Graduates will be leaders and mentors for their people, dedicated to personal and professional growth, committed to promoting open communication, shared values and focused on mission accomplishment.

Learning Outcome:  Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to prepare for an inspired agency command; build self-awareness and understand tendencies; develop a personal philosophy of command; understand the value of a peer network; align resources with strategy, mission, vision and values of agency; assess and improve command climate and agency culture; value taking calculated risks and learning from mistakes; and value critical thinking and values in decision making.

Instruction:  The methods of instruction include audio visual, case studies, discussion, computer-based training, practical exercises, learner presentations, lecture, and classroom exercise. The general course topics include personal leadership; approaches to leadership; leadership and ethics; taking responsibility; communication and change; strategic elements of building a professional culture; versatility skills; human factors and leadership; leadership styles; progressive law enforcement leader effectively managing departmental risks; the organizational change battle plan; mastering communication; budgeting; personnel management; human factors and officer wellness; retention & recruitment; crisis communication.

Assessments:  The methods of assessment include case studies, written papers and essays, performance rubrics, examination, and presentations with a minimum passing score of 80 percent.

ACE College Credit Recommendation:  In the graduate degree category, 6 semester hours in sociology, leadership, or organizational behavior (10/19).  ACE Member Universities 

“The Command & Staff course does an excellent job of changing the mindset of supervisors and turning them into a deliberate commanding leader. The curriculum is easy to follow and the support of the staff along with the professionalism of the educators made this course essential for anyone wanting to become a MAGNUS Leader.” 

Lieutenant Bob Lauder, Door County Sheriff’s Office, WI, Session # 002

The Command & Staff Program will prepare you as part of the vanguard of today’s professional policing leaders.  You will learn practical skills and tools to succeed in an ever-changing dynamic environment.  The class focuses on effectively resolving the challenges of an accomplished career.   This session of your professional development is a blended learning experience of on-line and classroom instruction complemented to enhance your learning.

Graduates of the program will leave with new colleagues, a diverse array of faculty from which the student can continue to consult, and ways to act ahead of change to create an optimistic future for law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The long-term goal of the program is to add to the leadership skill sets of each participant; it is also to contribute to the body of knowledge of law enforcement through the completion of significant foresight-based research.

  • Leadership principles required to inspire and influence the future direction of the agency.
  • Strategies and tactics to identify emerging issues and provide a proactive response to deliver results with confidence.
  • Advanced hand-on tools, skills and knowledge necessary to anticipate and prepare for the future success.
  • Fundamental and necessary working methods and benefits of sharing information.
  • Use of teams and stakeholders in problem solving for better outcomes.

The core focus on the topic selected for capstone will be one that can be approached in one of two ways:

  • The student can select a significant issue affecting law enforcement and their communities today which are having a significant impact, and for which there are no easy answers. These issues are commonly referred to as “wicked problems” and can range from something affecting one’s own agency, the state or region of that agency, or the larger profession. The focus of the research would then be to clearly define not only the symptoms and problems associated with the issue, but its underlying causes. Using that data, foresight tools and concepts will be used to identify emerging issues (technologies, social movements, political action, etc.) that may affect that issue.
  • The second approach would be to identify a significant emerging issue of relevance to the future of law enforcement. The scope of the research can be how an issue might affect a function in policing, an agency size or type, or a specific issue the agency will encounter as a result of the emerging issue’s impact. This research would start from the “outside-in” and scan the horizon for what may be next, rather than focusing on what is already here, and then devising strategies to mitigate adverse outcomes

The students in programs with capstone will select a topic for research and then learn the tools and concepts they will use to complete the Futures Portfolio.

The course graduates will receive a National Command & Staff College diploma and a MAGNUS CENTURION Neck or Chest Green color Ribbon Medallion.

With this, the graduates become a member of the MAGNUS CENTURION Network for enhanced networking and future re-training and development.

Select Topics*

* Varies from Session to Session

  • Adaptive Decision-Making
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Budget Development & Finance
  • Cognition and Attribution Theory
  • Cognitive Evaluation Theory of Motivation
  • Communication and Counseling Skills
  • Community Relationships
  • Conflict Management
  • Corrections Trends and Issues
  • Credible Leadership
  • Decision Making in Groups
  • Deliberate Leadership
  • Emerging Technologies and Policing in the 21st Century
  • Equity Theory of Motivation
  • Executive Leadership
  • Expectancy Theory of Motivation
  • Goal Setting
  • Human Resources
  • Implicit Bias & Cultural Alignment
  • Intelligence-led Policing Program, A Primer
  • Inter-group Conflict Management
  • Law Enforcement Futures and Foresight
  • Leader Member Exchange Theory
  • Leadership Philosophy Development
  • Leadership Theories
  • Legacy leadership
  • Motivation Through Job Redesign
  • Negotiations & Dispute Resolutions
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Environment
  • Overcoming Resistance to Change
  • Path Goal Theory
  • Personality, Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness
  • Personnel Management
  • Power and Influence
  • Situational Leadership Theories
  • Strategic Development
  • Stress Management and Resiliency
  • The Ethical Dimension of Leadership
  • The Organization as an Open System
  • The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
  • Wellness & Resiliency
  • Much More …