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. 

2020 Course Catalog

NJSACOP Command & Leadership Academy

In 1993, NJSACOP officials traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to work with the Academy's Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership to adapt the fabled West Point model of command and leadership to the needs of law enforcement.

The result of this collaboration is the NJSACOP Command & Leadership Academy, a unique blend of theory and application. Candidates with the greatest leadership potential are selected for this highly competitive program from a wide variety of local, county, state, and Federal agencies from throughout the region.

For a program of this caliber, law enforcement professionals who are selected make more than a casual commitment; it is an intensive, demanding course that will pay dividends for the participant and his or her agency for a lifetime.

An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course

New Police Chiefs Orientation
The NJSACOP has taken up the task of working with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, the New Jersey State Police, and other important stakeholders to host and coordinate the annual training and orientation program for Police Chiefs appointed over the preceding 12-month period. The new Chief has the option of brining his/her second-in-command as well.
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course

Police Executive Institute
The NJSACOP Police Executive Institute (PEI) is an advanced level professional development course with a mission to enhance the executive skllls of law enforcement leaders. This five-day program is designed for chiefs of police and supervisory level personnel. The course has a rotating curriculum that is adjusted annually to address the most current trends and issues in law enforcement leadership, management, and administration.

An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course
A Compenent of the Certificate in Executive Development in Policing Program

NJSACOP Foundation for Executive Leadership Course
The NJSACOP Foundation for Senior Executive Leadership (FEL) course is designed as a developmental program for superior officers seeking to prepare for senior police leadership, as well as those already in the most senior positions looking to enhance their skills. The program will help provide the knowledge and understanding required of leaders operating at this level.

The following is the selection criteria for attendance at the FEL:
  • Ideally, attendees should have at least three months experience operating as a Lieutenant (or equivalent) or above, and must have the endorsement of their Chief of Police or Chief Agency Executive.
  • Attendees must have completed other supervision or leadership courses, as the program is designed on the assumed knowledge provided by such programs.
The underlying purpose of the course is to help attendees to lead in a complex policing environment where decision-making, leadership, partnership, and self-awareness are needed to successfully operate. The course is also designed to help police executives not just deal with today’s ever-changing environment, but to also manage necessary change.

The 5-day classroom based content of this program is delivered at a fast pace, using tutor facilitated discussions, self-diagnostic and group exercises, and respected guests speakers from policing and academia. The course affords participants the opportunity to reflect on their current actions and to learn new skills to effectively lead their teams in strategic, operational, and tactical arenas, as well as non-operational environments.

The course is organized around five (5) critical core concepts:

An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course
A Compenent of the Certificate in Executive Development in Policing Program

Contemporary Issues in Police Administration
Policing has changed in recent years and continues to evolve, and so too must police administration and leadership. As noted by the National Institute of Justice, police executives and the agencies and personnel they lead now contend with new threats, new technologies, and new communities, all of which create new challenges and opportunities for policing. Accordingly, the skill sets required of police leaders in shaping their organizations today differ greatly from

those required even just a few years ago.

The NJSACOP Contemporary Issues in Police Administration (CIPA) seminar is designed as a professional development program for police managers and executives seeking to explore these contemporary and emerging issues, to think critically about those issues, to acquire new knowledge, and to sharpen already existing skills.
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course 
A Compenent of the Certificate in Executive Development in Policing Program

Senior Leaders Seminar at Sedgley Park Police Leadership Academy - Manchester, England
The 2020 Senior Leaders Seminar will be held Sedgley Park Centre, the training facility for the Greater Manchester Police
The 2020 course agenda is comprised of timely, interesting, and important topics, and an exceptional mix of special site visits:
 Senior Leaders, Strategic Challenges
 High Impact Leadership
 Wellbeing/welfare/morale
 Society of Evidence Based Policing
Tasking & Co-ordination
 Strategic overview
 Tactical delivery
 Live time viewing of Force Daily Demand Management Meeting
 The golden thread
 Collection, dissemination and action
 Vulnerable Adults
 Vulnerable Children
 Modern Slavery
 Human Trafficking
Community Policing
 Strategy
 Community Engagement
 Community Confidence & Satisfaction
 Problem solving
 Opportunity to patrol
Roads Policing
 Safer Roads Targeting
 Serious Collision Investigation
 Opportunity to patrol ["ride alongs"]
Public Order
 Tour of facilities
 Observe training
 Equipment and Tactical presentation
Professional Standards
 Current trends, threats & issues
 Learning the lessons
Drones & Air Support
 Drones in Policing & Public Safety
Media & Communications
 Relationships with the Media
 Response to Major/Critical Incidents
 Social Media
 Internal Communications
Armed Policing
 Tour of facilities
 Equipment & Tactical presentations
 Firearms Response
 Counter Terrorism

An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course 

Advanced Professional Policing Practices Seminar
The 2020 Advanced Professional Policing Practices Seminar explores the most contemporary practices, skills, issues, and collaborative techniques from the perspective of some of the world's most respected and progressive policing agencies and executives. The 2020 session will be held at various  locations in London, England, as well as at the Metropolitan Police Specialist Training Centre in Gravesend, Kent.  Additional site visits may include New Scotland Yard, the National Crime Agency, and the Metropolitan Police Specialist Firearms Command.
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course 

Normandy / D-Day Leadership Experience
The NJSACOP Normandy Leadership Experience brings participants to the site of one of the world's great strategic  and  tactical operations—the 1944 Allied liberation of France—to learn timeless lessons on leadership. 
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course 

The Gettysburg Leadership Experience
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 ussyes 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. 
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course
Budgeting for the Police Executive
This is a one day program open to all Police Supervisors involved in the budgeting process for their respective Police Department. Students will leave with an improved working knowledge of the complex budgeting process in New Jersey. They will also gain valuable knowledge to assist them in preparing and managing the Police Department Budget and learn strategies to help them secure funding for their top priorities. 

Course Objectives
The course will cover such topics as:
- Overview of the Municipal Budget Process in New Jersey
- Purchasing Bascis
- Capital Planning
- Budget Strategies and Avoiding Pitfalls
- Overview of a Police Staffing Analysis
- Calculating the Cost of the Police Department to the Taxpayer
An approved NJSACOP Accredited Chief/Command Executive [ACE] Professional Development Course

NJSACOP Leadership Program for Middle Management

This program is designed to build upon the foundation that supervisors received in the NJSACOP Front Line Supervision Course, and to allow mid-level managers to develop and refine their skills in the following areas:

  • Crisis Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Situational Leadership
  • Personality Assessment and Self-Awareness
  • Strategic Planning
  • Contemporary Labor Issues
  • Transition to Manager
  • Effective Communication
Public Information Officer Update
This one day course will go over the ever changing regulations and trends for dealing with the media, public, social media when releasing public information. The class will review new Attorney General Guidelines, emerging issues in dealing with the media from OPRA requests to Use of Force information, case studies of critical incidents including officer involved shootings. The class will teach you strategies to handle breaking news as well as community events and enhance your department’s image. The class will provide hands on knowledge and skills on the latest techniques to use video and pictures on social media to improve your departments messaging. Participants will gain the ability to increase community engagement through effective social media platforms.

Course Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will:
  • Create video content for social media platforms
  • Learn evolving trends in media coverage
  • Create positive media coverage for your agency
  • Demonstrate crisis management and crime scene management
  • Understand the new Attorney General Guidelines for media relations
  • Develop an understanding how to enhance your Social Media
  • OPRA and the Media
Who Should Attend?
- Public Information Officers
- Command Officers who serve in a supervisory capacity or who have contact with the media
- Governmental employees who deal with the media

NJSACOP Frontline Supervision Program

This cutting edge, comprehensive professional development program is specifically designed for Front Line Supervisors, and those about to assume their first supervisory role. The course was developed as a result of an extensive needs assessment that examined current best practices and identified gaps that exist within the New Jersey law enforcement community. Through careful design, our program takes place over the course of 4 (10) hour training days to benefit both participants and sending agencies.

This course is designed for any supervisor/officer who is a committed law enforcement professional with a desire to lead people effectively and who is motivated to develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Delegation
  • Mentoring Subordinates
  • Measuring Competencies
  • Setting Goals and Leadership
  • Leading the New Generations of Police Officers
  • Team Building
  • Evaluating Personnel
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Command Post Leadership