Command and Staff Leadership Program Session #010 - Rochester, MN

Command and Staff Leadership Program
Sponsored by Rochester Police Department & Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office

Credit Type:  6 hours, Graduate-Level, College Transfer Recommendation
ACE Course Number:  0001 – National Registry
Location: Rochester Police Department, MN

  • Online Portion of the course: July 27, 2020 – Jan 30, 2021 [240 hrs. Self-paced]
  • Residency Portion of the course: September 13-24, 2021 [80 hrs.)

Total Seats ~ 40
Registration: $4,200 (Early registration discounted price – $3,000)
Group Discounts:  (2-3 students 5%, 4+ 10%)
Early Registration Discount Deadline:
January 31, 2021


Seats Available!

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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.


Sheriff Kevin E. Torgerson’s Law Enforcement career began with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1980. Serving in the Detention, Warrants, Courts/Bailiff and Radio (Dispatch) Divisions. Hired by Olmsted County in 1986 to a deputy sheriff position. He served in the Patrol Division while also spending six years as the first School Liaison Officer in Olmsted County mostly focused on teaching the DARE Program to Elementary and Middle School students in Olmsted County and Rochester Parochial Schools.  Sheriff Torgerson was assigned to the Rochester/Olmsted County Emergency Response Unit (ERU or SWAT), original member, bugler, Rifle team leader and then Commander of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (L.E.M.A.) Honor Guard, and Director of the SE Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Torch Run and Polar Plunge.  Sheriff Torgerson is currently a member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council and Minnesota LEMA Board of Directors. Served as Sergeant in Patrol, Training and the Civil/Warrants/Court Security Division. Promoted to Captain in 2008 moving back to Patrol Division and later Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2009 until January 2015.  He is serving as the 27th Olmsted County Sheriff after being sworn in on January 6th, 2015 and reelected in 2018. He is married with two adult children. His wife has taught Christian pre-school for more than twenty years. Our son is Doctor specializing in Oncology and our daughter is a second grade Spanish Immersion teacher. Sheriff Torgerson and his spouse have one granddaughter and one grandson.

Chief Jim Franklin was sworn in as Rochester’s Chief of Police on July 26, 2018.  He is the 19th Chief Executive in the City’s 164-year history leading the agency’s 206 employees including both sworn and civilian staff.  Chief Franklin is a graduate of Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, where he earned his Masters of Public Administration.  He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program.  Chief Franklin is a dedicated law enforcement executive committed to community/problem-oriented policing and Intelligence-Led Policing activities. His focus is on building relationships within the community in order to effectively identify root causes of crime and fostering partnerships to work collaboratively to solve community problems. This proactive problem-solving approach cultivates building stronger communities, increases community trust and involvement, and reduces the prevalence of and fear of crime within our community.  The Rochester Police Department is a progressive and professional organization, currently employing 141 sworn officers and more than 65 civilian staff.  The Rochester Police Department prides itself as being a service-oriented police department, serving a diverse community of approximately 115,733 residents.  Rochester is Minnesota’s third-largest city and the largest city located outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area.

Program Goals

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.

Select Topics*
* Varies from Session to Session

Adaptive Decision-Making
Authentic Leadership
Budget Development & Finance
Cognition and Attribution Theory
Cognitive Evaluation Theory of Motivation
Communication and Counseling Skills
Community Relationships
Conflict Management
Corrections Trends and Issues
Credible Leadership
Decision Making in Groups
Deliberate Leadership
Emerging Technologies and Policing in the 21st Century
Equity Theory of Motivation
Executive Leadership
Expectancy Theory of Motivation
Goal Setting
Human Resources
Implicit Bias & Cultural Alignment
Intelligence-led Policing Program, A Primer
Inter-group Conflict Management
Law Enforcement Futures and Foresight
Leader Member Exchange Theory
Leadership Philosophy Development
Leadership Theories
Legacy leadership
Motivation Through Job Redesign
Negotiations & Dispute Resolutions
Organizational Culture
Organizational Environment
Overcoming Resistance to Change
Path Goal Theory
Personality, Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness
Personnel Management
Power and Influence
Situational Leadership Theories
Strategic Development
Stress Management and Resiliency
The Ethical Dimension of Leadership
The Organization as an Open System
The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
Wellness & Resiliency
Much More …

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Cancellation 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.
  • 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.
  • Refunds will not be issued for ‘no shows” or when a course is delayed or rescheduled.
  • All registration fees must be paid prior to the start of the class.

Event Details

Start date: July 27, 2020

End date: September 24, 2021

Venue: Rochester Police Department, MN

Phone: 919-753-1127


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