The Gettysburg Leadership Experience

September 29 through October 1, 2023
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From the NJ POLICE CHIEF MAGAZINE - Leadership Makes the Difference: The Leadership Staff Ride

An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course
‚ÄčA Component of the Certificate in International Leadership Studies

NJSACOP Law Enforcement Staff Rides transform battlefields and other historic sites into living classrooms to educate modern law enforcement leaders. The issues of command and control, logistics, communication, strategic planning, tactics and leading in times of stress transcend time and place as issues important to leaders of police organizations. This exercise gives police leaders an opportunity to regain focus on the fundamentals of the profession: courage, fortitude, perseverance and selflessness. 
 
The unique design of the program allows for a hands-on, intensive study of the relevance and importance of key leadership issues for today's police leaders through the use of case studies that examine the leadership successes and failures of historical leaders within the actual environment in which they operated. 

LEADERSHIP AND DECISION MAKING UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS
 
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, is the largest and most important battle ever fought in North America. It is widely believed to be the turning point of the American Civil War. Today it is one of the most visited and hallowed places in the nation. President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is considered one of the most important and well known speeches in American history.
 
This battle pitted the Confederacy’s ablest military commander and leader, Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia against the Union’s newest commander, George Gordon Meade and the Army of the Potomac in a struggle in which the fate of the country hung in the balance. These two great armies met by chance at a small Pennsylvania crossroads town known as Gettysburg. Over three days from July 1 to July 3, 1863, more than 150,000 soldiers would take part in some of the most intense combat of the entire war. Names like Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge and the Devils Den would be permanently etched into American military lore. Pickett’s Charge would forever be remembered as a valiant but failed attempt to change the course of history. By the time the battle was over more than 51,000 soldiers would be dead, wounded or missing and the Confederacy’s last invasion of the North was at an end.
 
The Leadership Staff Ride transforms the battlefield at Gettysburg into an outdoor classroom to educate modern law enforcement leaders. The issues of command and control, logistics, communication, strategic planning, tactics and leading in times of stress transcend time and place as issues important to leaders of law enforcement organizations. This outdoor professional development exercise will give law enforcement leaders an opportunity to refocus on the fundamentals of the profession, courage, fortitude, perseverance and selflessness—as well as gain a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made on the rolling hills of south central Pennsylvania for the sake of the Nation more than 145 years ago.