Command and Staff Leadership Program Session #22 – Los Angeles County Cities of Hermosa Beach PD & Hawthorne PD, CA

Command and Staff Leadership Program

Sponsored by  the Hermosa Beach PD & Hawthorne PD, CA – Credit Type:  6 hours, Graduate-Level, College Transfer

ACE Course Number:  0001 – National Registry 

Location: Hermosa Beach PD & Hawthorne PD, CA

  • Online Portion: October 11, 2022 – September 15, 2023 [240 hrs. Self-paced] – Allow yourself 12 weeks to complete
  • Residency Portion: September 25-October 6, 2023[80 hrs., in person]

Total Seats ~ 40
Registration: $4,800 (Early registration discounted price – $4,400 – Register by February 1, 2023)
Group Discounts:  (2-3 students 5%, 4+ 10%)
Registration Closes:
June 1, 2023




We are delighted to bring this Nationally Accredited Graduate Level Command and Leadership Program to the state of California sponsored by Chief Paul LeBaron and Chief Michael Ishii.

The Command & Staff Program will prepare you as part of the vanguard of today’s professional policing leaders. You will learn practical skills and tools to succeed in an ever-changing dynamic environment.

The class focuses on effectively resolving the challenges of an accomplished career. This session of your professional development is a blended learning experience of on-line and classroom instruction complemented to enhance your learning.

Graduates of the program will leave with new colleagues, a diverse array of faculty from which the student can continue to consult, and ways to act ahead of change to create an optimistic future for law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The long-term goal of the program is to add to the leadership skill sets of each participant; it is also to contribute to the body of knowledge of law enforcement through the completion of significant foresight-based research.

  • Leadership principles required to inspire and influence the future direction of the agency.
  • Strategies and tactics to identify emerging issues and provide a proactive response to deliver results with confidence.
  • Advanced hand-on tools, skills and knowledge necessary to anticipate and prepare for the future success.
  • Fundamental and necessary working methods and benefits of sharing information.
  • Use of teams and stakeholders in problem solving for better outcomes.

The core focus on the topic* selected for capstone will be one that can be approached in one of two ways:

  • The student can select a significant issue affecting law enforcement and their communities today which are having a significant impact, and for which there are no easy answers. These issues are commonly referred to as “wicked problems” and can range from something affecting one’s own agency, the state or region of that agency, or the larger profession. The focus of the research would then be to clearly define not only the symptoms and problems associated with the issue, but its underlying causes. Using that data, foresight tools and concepts will be used to identify emerging issues (technologies, social movements, political action, etc.) that may affect that issue.
  • The second approach would be to identify a significant emerging issue of relevance to the future of law enforcement. The scope of the research can be how an issue might affect a function in policing, an agency size or type, or a specific issue the agency will encounter as a result of the emerging issue’s impact. This research would start from the “outside-in” and scan the horizon for what may be next, rather than focusing on what is already here, and then devising strategies to mitigate adverse outcomes
  • The students in programs with capstone will select a topic for research and then learn the tools and concepts they will use to complete the Futures Portfolio.

The course graduates will receive a National Command & Staff College diploma and a MAGNUS CENTURION Neck or Chest Green color Ribbon Medallion.

With this, the graduates become a member of the MAGNUS CENTURION Network for enhanced networking and future re-training and development.

Sponsor: Chief Paul LeBaron

Welcome to the Hermosa Beach Police Department. The men and women of this Department are proud to serve in the beautiful City of Hermosa Beach and are committed to provide excellent service with every contact. Our mission statement, “We exist so Hermosa Beach can be the safest little beach city through partnerships, integrity and excellent service” is reflected in this web page. We look forward to partnering with you to keep Hermosa Beach safe.

Sponsor: Chief Michael Ishii

Chief Michael Ishii was appointed as the Hawthorne Interim Police Chief in October 2018, succeeding Chief Robert Fager, who served as the Police Chief from 2010 to 2018. He was selected as the Chief of Police in January 2019.

With a complement of over 160 employees, Chief Ishii oversees a department that prides itself on implementing innovative ways to providing public safety services along with continuing to evolve and meet the challenges of present day law enforcement.

Chief Ishii has been with the Hawthorne Police Department since 1990, first as a Reserve Officer and as a full-time officer in 1992. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Public Information Officer, Patrol Bureau Watch Commander, and Detective Bureau Commander. He was promoted to Captain in 2010 and has overseen both the Administration and Operations Divisions along with the City’s Information Technology Services Bureau.

Chief Ishii helped transform the department into a community policing driven culture. He led teams that implemented nationally recognized social media programs, innovative community policing programs, and created the Hawthorne Safe Initiative where the Police Department focused on long-term strategies to provide safety and engagement to five key areas: Parks, Schools, Traffic, Neighborhoods, and Businesses.

In 2011, Chief Ishii was part of the Hawthorne PD team that helped create the national “Coffee with a Cop” program which has gone on to become one of the most successful community policing programs with events held in all 50 States, 16 countries, and in four languages. He also developed the National Coffee with a Cop website and currently oversees the National Coffee with a Cop Day (held annually across the country on the 1st Wednesday of October). As the Program Manager of CwC, Chief Ishii has developed an expertise in branding, marketing, and what it takes to be a global brand manager for the Coffee with a Cop Nonprofit Corporation.

Chief Ishii holds an MS Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in Negotiations/Conflict Management and a BA Degree from California State University Long Beach in Communication Studies – Interpersonal and Organizational Communication.

Chief Ishii was born in Japan and grew up on a US military base near Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese.

He is a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association [LACPCA], and holds membership within the International (IACP), California (CPCA) Police Chief’s Association, and the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders (NAAALEC). He is also on the Advisory Board for Carfax for Police.

Cancelation Policy

  • We may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • If a program is canceled, we will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges or expenses, including but not limited to cancellation/change charges assessed by hotels, airlines or travel agencies.  No other refunds beyond the cancellation of the event will be provided.
  • Refunds will not be issued for ‘no shows” or when a course is delayed or rescheduled.
  • Requests for substitutions for another class or of another attendee for the same class will be accommodated whenever possible. Additional fees will not be charged for reasonable substitutions.
  • All registration fees must be paid prior to the start of the class.

Event Details

Start date: October 11, 2022

End date: October 06, 2023

Venue:  Hermosa Beach PD & Hawthorne PD, CA

Phone: 919.753.1127


Event Details

Start date: October 11, 2022

End date: October 06, 2023

Venue: Cities of Hermosa Beach PD & Hawthorne PD

Phone: 919.753.1127


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