Professional Development Division

NJSACOP Professional Development: An Overview


Since 1912, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police has played a leading role in the advancement of the law enforcement profession in New Jersey, providing opportunities and tools to our members and their personnel to achieve their full potential - both as professionals and individuals. The association also provides a variety of programs and services that police executives can access to improve agency performance and transparency, and ensure adherence to accepted best practices.

With a legacy of leadership and service stretching back more than a century, the NSJACOP constinues to serve as the voice of professional law enforcement in New Jersey. 

NJSACOP Professional Development Programs

Command & Leadership Academy

The NJSACOP Command & Leadership Acedemy is a unique blend of theory and application.
Based upon principles developed and taught by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in this program candidates with the greatest leadership potential are selected for this highly competitive program from all areas of the State.

New Jersey Police Executive Institute

The New Jersey Police Executive Institute is an advanced level education / training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners in the State of New Jersey. This five-day program is designed for chiefs of police and command level personnel. (It is not approved for entry-level officers or for personnel who have recently been appointed to their first supervisory position.)

New Police Chiefs Orientation

Each year, the NJSACOP hosts and coordinates the orientation seminar for newly appointed Chiefs of Police.

Foundation for Senior Leadership

A developmental program for superior officers seeking to prepare for senior police leadership, as well as those already in senior positions looking to enhance their skills.

Staff Rides for Law Enforcement

A unique professional development and educational experience for law enforcement professionals.

Senior Leaders Forums & Seminars

A series of distinctive educational and development experiences for police executives conducted in conjunction with exceptional international partners. 

Command Officer Development Course [CODE-C]

The simulation is virtual, the experience is real. This executive management course has three key components which form the basis of the learning experience: 1) a simulation; 2) plenary learning sessions; 3) coaching.

Police Chiefs In-Service Program - Law Enforcement Leadership Retreat

A two-day in-residence seminar/retreat for Police Chiefs and other command personnel (at the invitation of their Chief) specifically designed to address important topics and concepts, provide updates on legal and management issues, and stimulate serious thought and discussion about the role of a 21st century police executive.

Contemporary Issues Workshops & Hot Topics Briefings

The NJSACOP hosts a rotating series of half-day and full-day workshops and briefings to address emerging issues, trends, legislative and judicial mandates and other topics of great interest to police managers and leaders. 

Monthly Police Chiefs Briefings

Each month the NJSACOP membership meets to receive important information and to conduct association business.

Front Line Supervision

A course designed for any supervisory/officer who is a committed law enforcement professional with a desire to lead people effectively and who is motivated to develop new skills.

Alcoholic Beverage Control: Enforcement Techniques for Law Enforcement

This course will assist municipal police officers who are assigned ABC administrative investigation and/or are responsible for background investigations for the municipal issuing authority alcoholic beverage licensing process, with a working knoweldge of the law, applicable administrative regulations and current investigative techniques.

Annual Training Conference & Police/Security Expo

Each year the NJSACOP convenes the organization's largest and most widely attended event - the Annual Training Conference.

Policing Your Town

A seminar for police executives and elected officials.


Refunds may be issued within 30 days of payment, upon approval by NJSACOP.