Role of the Police Chief

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

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.

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, Bob Murray & Associates

Tuition and Registration Fees:


Registration Fee
(NOT POST reimbursable) 

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Member cost applies to agencies that are members of the California Police Chiefs Association. Non-Member cost applies to all other agencies not included in the membership.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Shellie Willetts: Cancellations received 10 days prior to the beginning of the course date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after this period will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Registrations are transferable, all changes must be made 10 days prior to the start of the course. NO SHOWS forfeit full registration fee. Course fees are NOT transferable after the last course date.

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

Course Dates and Locations:

September 15-18, 2014

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Westin Pasadena, Pasadena

191 North Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

Reservations: Online Reservations

Room Rate: $149.00/night

Room Rate Cutoff: August 22, 2014

Room Rate under: CA Police Chiefs Assoc-Role of the Police Chief

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-14-001

         January 12-15, 2015

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The Cliffs Resort, Pismo Beach

2757 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach

Reservations: (800) 826-7827

Room Rate: $90.00/night non-ocean view or $114/night coastal/partial ocean view

Room Rate Cutoff: December 11, 2014

Room Rate under: CA Police Chiefs Assoc

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-14-002
March 22-25, 2015

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Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos

140 South Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

Reservations: (800) 238-6111

Room Rate: $159.00/night

Room Rate Cutoff: March 3, 2015

Room Rate under: CA Police Chiefs Assoc-Role of the Police Chief

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-14-003
 May 18-21, 2015

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Embassy Suites, Sacramento
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Reservations: (916) 326-5000 or online here

Room Rate: $159.00/night

Room Rate Cutoff: April 24, 2015

Room Rate under: Role of the Police Chief

POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-14-004

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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