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Pennsylvania State Police Leadership Development Program (LDP)

Course Description: The following overview of the Pennsylvania State Police Leadership Development Program is derived from material authored by Doctor Howard Prince II and former Chief of Police in Georgetown, Texas, Larry M. Hesser.  Much of this material builds and expands on the West Point Leadership Course, which was originally developed for a required course at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. In Area I, covered topics include adult development, generational differences, attribution theory, equity theory of motivation, expectancy theory of motivation, goal setting, motivation through consequences, motivation through job redesign, cognitive evaluation theory, and effective followership.  In Area II, covered topics include groups as open systems, group development, socialization, cohesion, decision-making in groups, and intergroup conflict management.  In Area III the focus turns on how a leader accomplishes these suggested leader actions.  In Area IV, covered topics include the organization as an open system, leading the environment, shaping organizational culture, leading change, and the ethical dimension of leadership. 
Instructional Hours: 15 days/120 Hours 
Instructional Objectives: The course begins by defining leadership in a police organization as the process of influencing human behavior to achieve organizational goals that serve the public, while developing individuals, teams, and the organization for future service.  A major recurring theme of the course will be to study, analyze, and understand scientifically backed methods leaders can utilize to achieve organizational goals while satisfying the needs of employees.  The course is divided into four major areas:  The Individual System; The Group System; The Leader System; and The Organizational System. 

After completion, the student will be able to:
  • Understand and apply modern behavioral science and leadership theories that enhance human motivation, satisfaction, and performance in the achievement of organizational goals.
  • Learn frameworks to organize their knowledge and experiences into effective leader actions.
  • Integrate course content into daily leadership practices.
  • Develop and achieve personal leadership abilities to the fullest potential.
  • Inspire a lifelong commitment to the study and practice of effective leadership.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successful completion of a knowledge check.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted (rank of Sergeant or higher), MP

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 120 - CLEE ID#: CLE00629

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.  


Academy1/13/2020 8:00 AM1/31/2020 4:00 PMSergeant Rahn A. Richards, 717-533-9111, Extension 324, or by email at rarichards@pa.govNo
Maximum of 32 students - minimum of 16 PSP Department members and the remaining will from other Municipal and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  
A one-day mandatory orientation for selected applicants will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, from 0900-1300 hours at the Academy.



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