Role of the Police Chief

The Role of the Police Chief
Presented by the California Police Chiefs Association

In cooperation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training

If you’re a newly appointed chief, interested in becoming a police chief, or a second-in-command that wants to find out how best to support your chief, this course is essential.

This course is WHERE you need to be to find out:

  • WHY you may want the job — The rewards and challenges of leading today’s police department.
  • WHAT is expected of a police chief from the perspective of several critical and influential stakeholders.
  • HOW to effectively anticipate and assess issues and the need for change upon taking command of a municipal police agency.
  • WHEN you re ready to be a police chief and how to prepare in order to be successful.

We have recently updated this course and are happy to announce brand new topics and instructors! We have also changed the format of the class to now be 4 full class days. Come and see our newly designed course!

Topics covered in this course will include:

  • Preparing for the position of chief of police and how to be competitive when applying.
  • Expectations of the chief of police from the points of view of the city manager, elected officials, news media, and other police chiefs.
  • Contemporary legal issues for the police chief.
  • Shaping Public Policy.
  • Labor Relations and Personnel Issues for the police chief.
  • Leading in a Political Environment.
  • Organizational Development and Change.
  • Public Engagement: A Vital Leadership Skill.
  • Crisis Communication and Leadership.

The course will be presented using a combination of learning techniques, including attendee participation, small group discussion, lecture, scenarios, and discussion panels. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with experienced police chiefs, city managers, executive search consultants, police legal advisors, and other experts who specialize in the topics listed above.


  • Chief Rick Braziel, Retired, Sacramento PD
  • Pete Peterson, Executive Director, Davenport Institute, Pepperdine University
  • Chief John Welter, Retired, Anaheim PD
  • Bill Rams, Media Consultant, Cornerstone Communications
  • Laura Kalty, Attorney, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
  • John Lovell, CPCA Government Relations Manager
  • Marty Mayer, CPCA Legal Counsel, Jones & Mayer
  • Joel Bryden, Murray & Associates

Tuition and Registration Fees:
Please submit total payment for $616. POST Plan III: $546 + Registration Fee: $70 (covers incidental and administrative costs and is not POST reimbursable)

Americans with Disabilities Act:
If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the CPCA office at (916) 481-8000.


Registration is currently closed. Please check back after July 1 for future class dates and locations. 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing no later than 5 days prior to the seminar. There will be no refund for cancellations received less than 5 days prior to the start date of a seminar or for no-shows. Cancellations and refund requests can be submitted to Meagan Catafi. Substitutions are encouraged.

Any Questions:
Meagan Catafi – Program Coordinator
Phone: (916) 325-9005
Fax: (916) 481-8008

Course Dates and Locations:

January 13-16, 2014 - This course is FULL--Please choose another date/location

The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach

2757 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach

Reservations: (800) 826-7827

Room rate: $84.00 non-ocean view or

$104.00 coastal partial ocean view

Room rate cutoff: December 22, 2013

Room rate under: California Police Chiefs Association

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-13-002

March 24-27, 2014--This course is FULL--Please choose another date/location

Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos

140 South Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

Reservations: (800) 238-6111

Room rate: $139.00

Room rate cutoff: March 2, 2014

Room rate under: California Police Chiefs Association: Role of the Chief

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-13-003

May 5-8, 2014-This course is FULL--more dates coming after July 1

Riverside Marriott

3400 Market Street, Riverside

Reservations: (800) 228-9290

Room rate: $95.00

Room rate cutoff: April 13, 2014

Room rate under: California Police Chiefs Association

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-13-004 



Course Hours:

Day 1: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Days 1 – 4: Class from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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