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Police Executive Development (POLEX)

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Course Description

Penn State’s Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) has been providing its Police Executive Development (POLEX) training program on a national basis for more than 20 years. Transitioning into a command position can seem overwhelming. POLEX is 10-day course designed to provide new and experienced commanders with a problem-based approach to resolving challenges. This intensive course places an emphasis on the development of skills and abilities in all sectors of police management.

Attendees will examine the challenges of assuming command and how to prepare for the future, learn that a high percentage of disciplinary actions are compromised by improper documentation and training, and identify liability issues in areas such as negligent assignment, retention, and training. This course examines the importance of internal communication and networking within the agency and how it relates to a professional and productive agency.

POLEX contains group activities that encourage collaboration between attending agencies to help commanders discover the problems faced by their peers and develop ways to mitigate issues and promote esprit de corps within their agency.

Key Concepts for POLEX
Key Concepts Topics
Principles of leadership
  • Leadership case study
  • Assumption of command
Managing public relations in policing
  • Ethical considerations in media and public relations
  • Steps of a comprehensive public/media relations plan
Managing liability
  • Accountability and key federal cases
  • Risk analysis
Organizational development
  • Case studies
  • Strategic planning process
Class summary exercises
  • Take-away exercise
  • Evaluations and certificates

Upcoming Courses

Co-sponsor: Allentown Police Academy
When: November 7, 2022 – November 18, 2022
Where: 2110 Park Dr, Allentown, PA
Co-sponsor: Springettsbury Township Police
When: February 6, 2023 – February 17, 2023
Where: 35 Walnut Springs Rd., York, Pennsylvania
When: February 6, 2023 – February 17, 2023
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Bucks County Public Safety Training Center
When: March 27, 2023 – April 7, 2023
Where: 1760 South Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA
When: May 8, 2023 – May 19, 2023
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Garfield Police Department
When: May 8, 2023 – May 19, 2023
Where: 411 Midland Ave , Garfield, NJ
When: May 8, 2023 – May 19, 2023
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Kennett Square Police Department
When: November 6, 2023 – November 17, 2023
Where: 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA
Co-sponsor: West Whiteland Township Police Department
When: February 12, 2024 – February 23, 2024
Where: 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA
When: February 12, 2024 – February 23, 2024
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)