First-line leadership TRAINING

The IACP’s First-Line Leadership training is a 3-day course focused on providing leadership and management skills to recently promoted and aspiring leaders and equips participants with the knowledge to advance in their supervisory role. Frequent changes in leadership and significant resource limitations are commonplace in smaller and mid-size agencies due to the unique environment in which they operate. The First-Line Leadership training course helps agencies meet these challenges by providing tools to enhance leadership skills, promote agency stability, and address the needs of their communities to enhance the reputation of the law enforcement profession.

Initially beginning as a grant funded program known as Leading by Legacy, the First-Line Leadership training course provides a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies of all sizes. These resources are designed to help law enforcement develop and achieve individual, organizational, and community goals.


Training Design

First-Line Leadership training events are:

  • Three days in length.
  • Limited in size with up to 36 students per event.
  • Interactive and intensive. The training will be delivered using a variety of interactive teaching methods whereby participants will be continuously engaged with trainers and other attendees. For enhanced learning, participants will also be required to complete pre and post-training assignments.
  • Inclusive of participants from all ranks and agency sizes to provide opportunities for networking and information sharing.
  • Taught by experienced law enforcement trainers using a peer-based model. Curriculum developed by program advisors who are subject matter experts with significant executive level law enforcement experience.


    Training Content

    The training curriculum is organized into three primary course modules that focus on the various aspects of leadership development. The core areas include:



    • Exploring leadership concepts
    • Assessing individual leadership styles
    • Examining motivation and bases of power


    • Assessing the organization’s culture and identifying the mission, vision, and values
    • Strengthening communication and implementing change
    • Fostering leadership through mentoring & succession planning


    • Conducting community needs assessments
    • Developing partnerships in the community
    • Maintaining transparency and accountability to the community



       Current First-Line Leadership Trainings

       Online Resource Toolkit

       Archived Webinars


    Please contact First-Line Leadership training staff at:

    Training Alumni, please visit the password protected alumni page.







    Please continue to visit this webpage as new training events and locations will be posted regularly.