Event Detail2018-08-04T15:43:11-04:00
Seminar Title

First Line Supervision: Meeting the Leadership Challenges of Law Enforcement

Dates of Events


Last Updated: 09/01/2020
Instructor(s): Ray Farris
Location: Abington Public Safety Training Facility - 2201 Florey Lane, Abington, PA 19001
Hotel: Hampton Inn Willow Grove - 1500 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Ray Farris, (Retired)
Assistant Director Tennessee Law Enforcement Training
Academy/Tennessee POST
Ray Farris retired as Assistant Director at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy assigned to oversee the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) and Specialized Training. He has over 25 years of total service in the state of Tennessee serving in a variety of positions. Ray has also served as Vice President Bethel University and Vice President for Savant Learning Systems a private higher educational and training company. He is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Criminal Justice Program at Bethel University and serves on the Academic Review Committee for Masters candidates.
He received his Bachelors of Science from Tennessee Technological University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law and is a graduate of the Police Staff and Command School at Northwestern University. Training certifications include: Criminal and Constitutional Law, Courtroom Security, Leadership, Internal Affairs, Firearms and Emergency Vehicle Operations and many others.
Ray has lectured/taught judges, court clerks, elected officials, and court officers. He has conducted physical security surveys numerous courts and judicial facilities. He has lectured and taught at numerous national and state conferences including the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training Conference, the National Association of Field Training Officers, the National Corrections Training Officers Conference, the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Council, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officers Annual Conferences, the Tennessee Sheriffs Association and the Tennessee Chiefs Association to name a few.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
First Line Supervision, Leadership and Management

Leadership is not an easy task in the best of times but in the challenging times currently in law enforcement we will look at key principles all leaders should strive for as they prepare to make a difference in their law enforcement organization, especially under the current public scrutiny. This presentation will focus on individuals who are students of leadership and want to grow as individual leaders addressing their motivation for achieving and maintaining a high level of professionalism and leadership skills utilizing ethical decision-making.
Course Objectives:
· Leadership a Primer – By examining in detail the definition of leadership and focusing in on the characteristics of great leaders and the levels of leadership the student will be able to identify those characteristics they need to develop and those that suits them best.
Questions covered in this block will include:
Born Leaders v. Learned Leaders?
Learning from you Mistakes, “The Eraser Principle”
What every Leader should stop doing!

· Leadership Case Study – To develop the officers toward leading ethically, a case study of several leadership styles are critiqued to help officers identity themselves the characteristics of success and the pitfalls of certain traits. Students will determine their Desires v. Abilities, Strengths v. Weaknesses and the differences and what will make the most impact!
· Characteristics of Great Leaders – Law enforcement leaders will gain valuable understanding of leadership by examining their leadership style and looking at leadership characteristics in detail to implement in their daily lives.
Topics covered will include: goals, responsibility, work ethic, principle, self-discipline, cooperation, improvement, sacrifice, listening skills, competition, honesty, excellence, attitude, morale and legacy.
· Winning Leadership – Everyone wants to be a winner, but winning takes practice, practice, practice. This block of instruction will give the daily workout plan to be a winning leader.
This block will cover the “How To” concept:
How to be a great boss!
How to win with your subordinates immediately!
How to “kill” your best employees!
How to create loyal employees!
How to delegate and not irritate!
How to prioritize effectively and successfully!
How to be a Courageous Leader!

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