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Police Supervisory In-Service Training (POSIT)

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Course Description

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 and those under consideration for promotion.

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 organizations and communities. 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 mindset and skill set to be an integral part of the management team.

POSIT examines leadership principles, specifically situational leadership. The course focuses on the legal aspects of supervision, examines the importance of policy for effective management of personnel, and identifies liability issues that can arise if policies are not followed.

Managing employees is critical at the first-line supervisor level. Subordinates are reacting to rapidly unfolding situations and are in direct view of the public 24 hours a day. POSIT provides first-line supervisors with concepts and practices for effective performance evaluations, coaching programs, and motivational strategies. The course also covers hostile work environments and discipline as a supervisory tool. All the concepts in the course are reinforced through group activities and scenarios to develop the critical thinking skills of the attendees.

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

Upcoming Courses

When: October 10, 2022 – October 14, 2022
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Chester Police Department
When: October 17, 2022 – October 21, 2022
Where: 160 East 7th Street, Chester, PA
Co-sponsor: Allentown Police Academy
When: December 5, 2022 – December 9, 2022
Where: 2110 Park Dr, Allentown, PA
Co-sponsor: Union County Prosecutor's Office
When: January 9, 2023 – January 13, 2023
Where: 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ
When: January 9, 2023 – January 13, 2023
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Lititz Borough Police Department
When: January 30, 2023 – February 3, 2023
Where: 24 W Main Street, Lititz, PA
When: March 6, 2023 – March 10, 2023
Where: Virtual Course (Zoom)
Co-sponsor: Monroeville Police Department
When: March 6, 2023 – March 10, 2023
Where: 2465 Johnston Rd, Monroeville, PA
Co-sponsor: Kennett Square Police Department
When: July 17, 2023 – July 21, 2023
Where: 600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA