Command and Staff Leadership Program Session #016 - Oklahoma City Police Department, OK

Command and Staff Leadership Program

Sponsored by  the Oklahoma City Police Department, OK

Credit Type:  6 hours, Graduate-Level, College Transfer

CLEET APPROVED 19-3093 (320 Hrs.)

ACE Course Number:  0001 – National Registry 

Location: 800 N Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

  • Online Portion: October 15, 2021 – May 5, 2022 [240 hrs. Self-paced]
  • Residency Portion: of the course: May 16 -27, 2022 [80 hrs., in person]

Total Seats ~ 50
Registration: $4,800 (Early registration discounted price – $4,200 – Register by December 15, 2021)
Group Discounts:  (2-3 students 5%, 4+ 10%)
Registration Closes: February 21, 2022


Seats Available!



  Program Sponsor: Chief Wade Gourley, Oklahoma City Police Department, OK

We are delighted to bring this CLEET approved and Nationally Accredited Graduate Level Command and Leadership Program to the Oklahoma City Police Department. 

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.

About Chief Wade Gourley

Wade Gourley started his career in the Police Department in September 1989, and was named Oklahoma City’s 50th Chief of Police on July 8, 2019. He oversees the more than 1,200 uniformed officers and 300 other staff members in the Police Department.

Gourley has been involved in some of the most notable evolutions in the modern Police Department: de-escalation training, new approaches to problem crime areas, improving the work environment for officers, developing leaders and community outreach.

Gourley started his career as a police officer in Chickasha before joining the department in Oklahoma City.

He spent the early part of his career on patrol and as a field training officer, moving around the department as he earned promotions to work in Investigations, Administration, Emergency Services and the Uniform Support Division, and as a crisis negotiator, the Tactical Team commander and the Director of Training. He also developed the Leadership, Ethics and Accountability Development (LEAD) program.

In the City’s annual resident survey, the Police Department and other public safety services are routinely among the highest-rated City services. Those ratings are due in part to the scenario-based training, support for officers and public outreach developed by Gourley, former Police Chief Bill Citty and the rest of the Police Department leadership under the guidance of the City Council.

Gourley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in police administration from the University of Oklahoma. Other significant training includes the Anti-Defamation League Advanced Training School in Extremist and Terrorist ThreatsFBI Executive Leadership InstituteSenior Management Institute for Police and the FBI Crisis Negotiations Course. He’s a member of several law enforcement groups and local organizations, including serving as a board member for the American Red Cross of Central & Southwest Oklahoma.

Gourley is a lifelong Oklahoma resident with roots in Ardmore, living in south Oklahoma City for most of his career. Gourley and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Brandon and Alyson.

Topics Included

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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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.
  • 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.
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