Police Supervisory Role
in the 21st Century - Starting May 2024

Police Supervisory Role in the 21st Century (PSR21C)                 

This updated 80-hour course delivers the fundamental skills new and experienced first-line supervisors who have not completed formal supervisory training need to be successful. PSR21C focuses on the role and functions of the first-line supervisor and builds a rock-solid introduction to management-level decision-making. The course is designed against the backdrop of current challenges in policing to provide a leadership foundation for the upwardly mobile supervisor.

 Course Content Areas:

  • Navigating the Transition to Supervisor
  • Evolution of Modern Police Management
  • The DISC Model of Human Behavior
  • Performance Plans for First-Line Supervisors: Team Leadership
  • Risk Management: Dealing with Organizational Stress
  • Principled Policing: Police-Community Relationships
  • Principled Policing: Cultural Competence
  • Principled Policing: Integrity, Accountability, and Transparency
  • Persons with Mental Illness/Behavioral Health Challenges
  • Liability Issues for First-Line Supervisors
  • Investigating Use of Force for Field Supervisors
  • Supervisor’s Role in Critical Incident Management

Course topics and content may change or be modified from time to time, ensuring that topics are recent and relevant, to address emerging issues impacting policing and provide the most up-to-date information meeting the current needs of law enforcement leaders. 

Course Format – PSR21C consists of two one-week (40 hours per week), in-person, classroom sessions led by Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute instructors, supplemented by reading and writing assignments. In addition to classroom discussions, this course provides participants with the opportunity to network with supervisory staff members from other agencies. In order to partake in PSR21C successfully, all participants are required to have access to a (laptop) computer for daily use.

Prerequisites – Applicants must be sworn law enforcement officers or law enforcement support personnel employed by a local, state, or federal agency who have first-line supervisory responsibilities (implementing agency procedures and supervising/evaluating personnel) or who are preparing for advancement to a supervisory position within six months. 

Reference Text (Not Required)

  • Leader Armor – Leadership for the Law Enforcement First-Line Supervisor, Pallas, Edward, Best Seller Publishing (2021) ISBN 9798711154204

Tuition Fee

The registration fee of $350 is due by April 29, 2024. Lodging, transportation, and meals are the responsibility of the registrant and/or the nominating department.

Dates & Location

Orland Park PD; Orland Park, IL

  • Week 1: May 6 – May 10, 2024
  • Week 2: Jun 10 – Jun 14, 2024

Registration deadline

April 29, 2024

Academic Credit
Successful completion of PSR21C can qualify* for undergraduate and graduate academic credit from the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University. (*Fees and restrictions would apply)