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NCJ Number: 170675 Find in a Library
Title: Competence and Character: Developing Leaders in the LAPD
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:67  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1998)  Pages:18-23
Author(s): C F Dinse; K Sheehan
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 6
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Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have participated in the West Point Leadership and Command Program (WPLCP), the police version of the curriculum at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Abstract: Five members of the LAPD participated in the WPLCP in 1994 and later revised the program's training scenarios and computer- assisted instruction to fit contemporary policing issues. In January 1996, the LAPD trained 30 employees assigned to various supervisory and executive positions to be WPLCP instructors. In March 1996, the first two classes of middle managers, both sworn and civilian, began the intensive 15-week leadership course. The goal of the WPLCP is to teach individuals how to think more systematically about leadership challenges and situations. The course covers behavioral science and adult education theories and includes group exercises, student journals, and class discussions. The WPLCP's decisionmaking model teaches police managers to identify what is happening in a specific situation, account for events, and devise actions that respond to the situation. LAPD instructors also use a conceptual framework called the Model of Organizational Leadership. The four levels of analysis in this model constitute the four major study areas in the WPLCP: individual, group, leadership, and organizational systems. In the enrichment phase of the WPLCP, students learn and practice stress management techniques, communication and counseling skills, and ways of applying concepts they have learned. A sample lesson is included. 4 endnotes and 1 photograph
Main Term(s): Police management training
Index Term(s): California; Leadership; Management and administrative education; Municipal police; Police decisionmaking; Police education; Police effectiveness; Supervisory training
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