Police Supervisory In-Service Training (POSIT)

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Course Description

MPOETC Credits: 29.0

There are many challenges to becoming an effective first-line law enforcement supervisor. The Police Supervisor In-Service Training (POSIT) program provides first-line supervisors with the necessary tools to be strong leaders within their organization and community. Specifically, POSIT can help prepare first-line supervisors to meet the challenge of “critical shift” into a supervisory position. The transition from being a line officer to a supervisor requires a specific mind and skill set that is necessary to being an integral part of the management team.

The Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) is pleased to partner with our co-sponsor to present this intensive and innovative program designed to provide a better understanding of the roles, duties, and functions of a first-line supervisor. This highly interactive four-and-a-half-day program is designed for first-line supervisors from all levels of law enforcement and for those under consideration for promotion. All of our courses are instructed by current practitioners or recently retired executives. Key concepts and topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Key Concepts for POSIT
Key Concepts Topics
Supervisory roles
  • Critical responsibilities
  • Three vital skill sets
Supervisory styles
  • Five various styles
  • Factors that affect the various styles
Measurable standards of performance
  • Developing performance evaluations
  • Use of evaluations as a management tool
Legal aspects of supervision
  • Vicarious/civil liability
  • Minimizing liability
Marginal or problem employees
  • COACH model
  • Motivational strategies
Discipline as a supervisory tool
  • Progressive discipline
  • Ethical/legal obligations
Hostile work environments
  • Individual, organizational, and economic impacts
  • Prevention and management strategies

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Cost: $715/person

Upcoming Courses

Co-sponsor: York County Sheriff's Office
When: October 21, 2019 – October 25, 2019
Where: 330 Emig Rd, York, PA
Co-sponsor: Lincoln University
When: November 18, 2019 – November 22, 2019
Where: 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA
Co-sponsor: Sayreville Police Department
When: January 6, 2020 – January 10, 2020
Where: 1000 Main Street, Sayreville, NJ
Co-sponsor: Shippensburg University Police Department
When: January 13, 2020 – January 17, 2020
Where: York Dr., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Co-sponsor: Middletown Borough Police Department
When: January 27, 2020 – January 31, 2020
Where: 1155 North Union St., Middletown, PA
Co-sponsor: Marple Township Police Department
When: February 3, 2020 – February 7, 2020
Where: 1001 Sussex Blvd, Broomall, PA
Co-sponsor: Lehigh University Police Department
When: March 9, 2020 – March 13, 2020
Where: 321 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Co-sponsor: Allegheny County Police Training Academy
When: March 16, 2020 – March 20, 2020
Where: 700 West Ridge Dr, Allison Park, PA
Co-sponsor: East Brandywine Township Police Department
When: April 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020
Where: 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA
Co-sponsor: Allentown Police Academy
When: November 2, 2020 – November 6, 2020
Where: 2110 Park Dr, Allentown, PA