Background on the LPO℠ Program:

The Background on the LPO℠ Program:

As a result of a grant from the United States Department of Justice (COPS) office, the highly successful, behavioral science based program was introduced to the law enforcement community in 2005. Initially drawing upon leadership development research from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the program was tailored to meet the specific needs and challenges of the law enforcement community. In 2007, the curriculum was revised and expanded to include personnel in support positions, non sworn managers, and city government personnel. As a result of support from the Motorola Corporation, in late 2009 the program was further expanded, the curriculum refined and the research updated. In January 2010, the IACP rolled out the updated program to all partner agencies and added a Leadership in Public Safety Organizations℠ program designed to allow police and fire departments in the same area to train together.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the course different?

It is based on sound research and training from West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, and was then modified for and by law enforcement leaders. It focuses on the concepts of dispersed leadership or “every officer a leader.” We also will train your staff to be instructors and give them the teaching materials. While both sworn and non sworn personnel at the first line supervisor or sergeant level and above have attended, several departments are pushing portions of the program into their basic academies and in service training. Several states have also obtained graduate and undergraduate credit from local colleges for the course and POST certifications.

Who teaches it?

Current and recently retired law enforcement and academic leaders vetted by IACP and evaluated every week in the classroom. These individuals are police chiefs, deputy chiefs, captains, lieutenants, and sergeants who meet the quality standards established by IACP. All bring relevant, real life quality examples of application of the principles to the class. IACP always sends two instructors to work in the small groups in the classroom. For a list of IACP certified LPO℠ national and master instructors, click here.

Where is it taught?

At any location requested by the department. We teach in academies, military bases, hotels, public safety buildings, and city offices. A classroom that can accommodate 36 personnel in six groups of six, easels, and PowerPoint capability are all that is required.

How many in a class?

Up to 36.

Up to 36.

It varies depending on lodging and airfare costs to the city hosting but runs about $1,150 per student for all three weeks or about $400 per student per week for the tuition 

What about small departments that alone cannot afford to populate a class?

The program has been utilized by departments with only ten sworn personnel. Typically, we work with smaller agencies in an area to identify other departments in the area to get a group to host and to populate the class. We have also developed the Leadership in Public Safety Organizations℠ program as a method for police and fire departments to share the cost and train together. Other departments have shared training with local private security forces. Lastly, a small agency can send individuals to an open enrollment LPO℠. For a schedule of open classes, click here or email