Police Executive Development (POLEX)

Co-sponsor: Latrobe Police Department

When: October 28, 2024 – November 8, 2024, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Robindale Energy Building, 1501 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
Cost: $1,339.00
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Contact Information

Paula Parker
Program Coordinator

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, apply leadership models to critical incidents, develop team concepts while working with all levels of government, examine policy development, assess liabilities associated with training and off-duty conduct, and examine public relations and incident management through the use of social media. This course examines the command function for internal affairs, reviewing the latest case law, overcoming problems of recruitment and retention, and looking into the future of budgeting concepts.

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 models for critical incidents and crisis
  • Assessing emotional intelligence

Managing public relations in policing

  • How to stay ahead of problems created by social media
  • Steps of a comprehensive public/media relations plan

Managing liability

  • How policies can mitigate liability
  • Critical policy areas to reduce liability
  • Importance of managing off-duty conduct liability

Meeting the future

  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Changes to meet generational needs
  • Budgeting concepts for the future

Class summary exercises

  • Problem-based learning exercises
  • Evaluations and certificates


Course: Police Executive Development (POLEX) (Course Description)
When: October 28, 2024 – November 8, 2024, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Robindale Energy Building, 1501 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650


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