With many law enforcement professionals from the baby boomer generation now entering or approaching retirement,
the next generation is being promoted into positions of leadership as the old guard retires.
At the same time, police work is undergoing significant change as those in the field continue to grapple with the
challenging issues facing modern-day law enforcement — from the increasing impact of video (citizen smart phones and
police body cameras) to anti-terrorism efforts, opioid epidemic and the uprising of civil rights activist groups.
As a part of this evolution, police leadership styles are also gradually changing, moving from the authoritative style that
has largely dominated the field to a more inclusive approach that seeks to enable and empower rather than simply
Today, many departments are beginning to recognize the benefits of a more inclusive, transformational approach,
rather than relying solely on the more militaristic, authoritative approach that has characterized police work for so long.
Our leadership course will give you the tools to become an effective leader.
Here is a quick overview of the most common police leadership styles. These are part of the course curriculum, and
taught by experienced police leaders that have a minimum of 10 years of experience and hold a master’s degree in a
criminal justice discipline.
Police Leadership Styles
Authoritative Police Leadership:
Authoritative leadership is strictly rules-based with a preference for order and a sometimes military-like approach. In
such organizations, the leader exerts full control over the team and subordinates are expected to simply follow and
obey, not to offer feedback or contribute ideas. Most military and police forces have “historically followed a very
authoritative model,” said former U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Ryan Sheehy.
Participative Police Leadership:
According to Deputy Chief (Ret.) Doug Miller MSCJ, “Participative leadership is what really motivates subordinates to go
above and beyond. Subordinates respect and follow leaders who are willing to jump into the trenches with them.”
Delegative Police Leadership:
Many Police agencies have had to deal with budget cuts, employee turn-over rates, etc. Leaders need to be able to
delegate responsibilities to others. Leaders need to foster relationships with rank and file. As a leader, you must be able
to trust other officers with tasks. This type of leadership works best when command staff is limited. According to Deputy
Chief (Ret.) Doug Miller MSCJ, “Delegative leadership will build confidence in your junior leaders as well as rank and
Transactional Police Leadership
Transactional leadership is much like authoritative leadership except that it relies on a rewards-based system to
motivate subordinates. According to this system, rewards or punishments are handed out based on a subordinate’s
performance and adherence to the rules. The theory is that individual officers will conform to the rules and vision of the
leader — influenced by the fear of discipline for poor performance versus the anticipation of positive reinforcement for a
job well done.
Transformational Police Leadership:
Transformational leadership focuses on a “people-centered approach” that aims to inspire, empower and motivate the
team. A leader following this approach works with subordinates to commit to a shared vision and goals for the
organization, encouraging innovation and creativity in pursuit of those goals. Transformational leaders are inclusive,
considering each individual’s unique needs, skills and motivations. They often have an “open door” policy to facilitate
“Leaders who use every style of leadership will succeed far more than one dimensional leaders”
Deputy Chief (Ret.) Doug Miller, MSCJ.
Since many officers who are promoted to leadership roles have made their way through the ranks in a militaristic,
authoritative style department, “not everyone understands that if you are in charge and you have the strength of
character and fortitude to take criticism or seek it out from someone lower in rank than you, you may be able to make a
better decision, which will ultimately strengthen your authority level.
Education is the Common Thread Among the Most Effective Police Leaders
While leadership can certainly be learned over the span of a career through observation and trial and error, higher
education focused on leadership can greatly accelerate that process by teaching different leadership philosophies and
offering tools and strategies for employing those philosophies like this course offered at Triple P Training will provide.
“Law enforcement is going through a major transition, leadership is going to be a critical part of that transition.”
Join us for the most comprehensive leadership course on the market today. This course is set in a 100% online college
environment and is writing intensive. The course is self-paced in weekly study blocks meaning students can sign in and
complete weekly course work as their time allows. Cost for the entire course is $399.00 per student and Includes all
course material and a certificate for 120 hours of instruction. Course taught by industry leaders with a minimum of 10
years leadership experience and a minimum master's degree in the criminal justice field. Discounts for 3 or more officers
from the same department/agency.
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