Front-Line Leadership Institute


The NEW 40-hour Front-Line Leader Institute (FLLI) provides participants a foundation for their law enforcement careers. Delivered face-to-face over five days by an experienced facilitation team, the course involves a pre-course phase, 11 modules, and nightly homework exercises, culminating in a graduation event on day five. Post-course engagement includes reading, journaling, and developing an individual leadership philosophy. Each course delivery is limited to 30 front-line leaders and others identified by their leadership as high-potential law enforcement professionals.

•Participants will gain an appreciation for senior leader expectations of front-line law enforcement leaders
•Participants will have a foundation for personal and organizational definitions of leadership and how it is practiced in general and in their Agencies/Departments; additionally consider key skills, abilities, behaviors for future front-line leaders
•Participants will recognize various ethical constructs, understand ethical dilemmas, and be able to apply those frameworks to ethical decision-making
•Participants will understand the four domains of emotional intelligence, its criticality for leadership and law enforcement, themselves and their capabilities with these skills, and a practice methodologies for personal improvement
•Participants will understand the differences between disagreement and conflict, the life-cycle of conflict, and their leader ship roles in conflict management
•Participants will develop and utilize a model for communication, understand barriers/noise, and be provided a collection of tools to implement in improving this leadership imperative
•Participants will understand the difference between mentoring and coaching, the unique characteristics of performance evaluations/reviews in comparison to coaching, and be provided a practical coaching framework for daily implementation
•Participants will gain an appreciation for the history of the law enforcement profession –in their municipalities, counties, regions, and across Colorado
•Participants will consider their personal approaches to accountability and be provided a framework that enables more positive interpersonal accountability
•Using a historical example, participants will better appreciate the aspects necessary to build and mature small teams
•Participants will explore delegation–their personal attitudes and an approach to build a healthier delegation habit
•Participants will explore the four hurdles that ultimately stall effective decision-making –poorly defined roles and responsibilities, incomplete delegation, poor organizational cultures, and individual issues with decision-making
•As a culmination event, participants, working in small groups, will apply course concepts to a series of vignettes

The 5-day course begins each day at 0800. Limited to 30 officers, subject to room size at the host facility.

The class is funded through a grant from Colorado POST.   Although it is free to individual students, POST has committed a substantial amount of funds to bring this class to this area.   If you cannot attend, please email Karen Pendergraft at [email protected] to withdraw at least 10 business days before the start date of the class to allow others to attend.