Command and Staff Leadership Program Session #013 - Larimer County Sheriff's Office, CO

Command and Staff Leadership Program
(LCS-IAPS) – Session #013
Sponsored by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, CO

Credit Type:  6 hours, Graduate-Level, College Transfer Recommendation
ACE Course Number:  0001 – National Registry 
Location:  Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, CO

  • Online: September 13, 2021 – April 22, 2022
  • Residency: April 25 to May 6, 2022

Total Seats ~ 40
Registration: $4,800
Group Discounts:  (2-3 students 5%, 4+ 10%)
Registration Closes: February 28, 2022


Seats Available!



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 Justin Smith is honored and proud to serve as your County Sheriff.

He was elected as the 28th Sheriff of Larimer County and assumed office in January of 2011.  Prior to that, he served as a member of the agency since 1991.  Sheriff Smith keeps his eye towards the future, while being very mindful to history of the Office of Sheriff and the importance of the values and principles of our Constitutional Republic.  Sheriff Smith’s priorities for the office include:

  • Standing strong for the citizens of Larimer County
  • Delivering extremely high quality public safety services
  • Continually seeking ways to increase efficiencies in the operations of the office
  • Assuring that all persons are treated with dignity and fairness

Sheriff Smith has spent a lifetime preparing himself for the challenges of the office.  In addition to his more than a quarter century of law enforcement and leadership experience, Sheriff Smith has completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of several of the most elite law enforcement leadership programs in the nation, including the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriffs Institute and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

Believing in the duty to prepare future generations for the challenges that lie ahead, Sheriff Smith has also been an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice at Colorado State University and has been an instructor, presenter and panelist at dozens of leadership programs.

Justin and his wife, Anne are proud parents of two young adult sons and they make their home in Fort Collins.

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: March 1, 2021

End date: February 28, 2022

Venue: 2501 Midpoint Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80525

Phone: 919-753-1127


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