BSSA Certified Leadership Program

The Badger State Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to offer the following on-line Certified Credible Leadership Programs in collaborations with the Institute for Credible Leadership Development (ICLD). This proven model of career-long reliable educational series enhance the professionalism of law enforcement officers while it develops the character and sharpens the skills of the guardian-servant who leads with compassion, ethical decision-making, emotional intelligence and moral courage. It is:

  • Proven – The curriculum has been scientifically developed and tested for five years.

  • Accessible – Anywhere there is an Internet connection an officer can learn.

  • Continuous – Professional Education and development continues throughout an officer’s career from ‘hire to retire.’

  • Affordable – It is delivered reliably, confidently and at a fraction of traditional training.

  • Effective – Agencies with Credible Leadership academies build mutual trust in the communities they serve.

  • Compatible – The project fills the void of leadership education that now exists between basic and senior staff leadership training.

  • Sustainable – A Credible Leadership Academy is organic and sustainable..

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  • ICLD 1 Foundations and Principles (42 hrs.)

  •  This course is based on the principle that all law enforcement professionals must lead within their scope of responsibility and must be given the tools to understand what leadership looks like, feels like and sounds like. It is designed to fill the void of leadership training that traditionally exists between entry-level and mid-level supervision.  This course stresses the importance of understanding the true definition of policing and how participant’s actions and their organizational mission must align with that definition. You will be introduced to the expectations and responsibilities of first-line and mid-level supervisors and the concept of “Leading Down and Managing Up,” through a detailed summary of the best-selling book, “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy”, by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, and the powerful publication by IAPS, “Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals.” In this course we will take a comprehensive look at leadership and ethics, identifying the most common ethical dilemmas in law enforcement and how they destroy public trust and individual careers.

  • This course is now being delivered through the WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP EDUCATION ACADEMY portal at widojicld.pslms.org.  Please use your e-mail address for both Username and Password to access the site. Request a new password if your login is not successful.

  • ICLD 2 Theories and Practices (42 hrs.) 

  • This course, Credible Leadership Program: Theories and Practices, is designed to build on the curriculum of Credible Leadership Program: Foundations and Principles and raise participants’ level of organizational thought and team-building by focusing on theories and practices of organizational leaders from both private and public sectors who have made monumental changes within their organizations.

  • Instructors in this course will illustrate several meritorious examples of organizational leadership success and introduce participants to methods and rationale behind these highly successful best practices.

  • This course is now being delivered through the WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP EDUCATION ACADEMY portal at widojicld.pslms.org.  Please use your e-mail address for both Username and Password to access the site. Request a new password if your login is not successful.

  • ICLD 3 Application and Advancement (47 hrs.) 

  • This course builds on Credible Leadership Program: Foundations and Principles and Credible Leadership Program: Theories & Practices by addressing the balance of humanistic and tactical approaches to law enforcement leadership.

  • This third course in this series focuses on understanding the human factors of police leadership and how if used effectively, it can change the internal culture and external perception of an organization. It is steeped in emotional intelligence and self-realism, containing modules featuring Advanced Emotional Intelligence, Human Factors in Policing, Adaptive Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Credible Leadership, Toxic Leadership, Community Leadership, and Tactical Leadership. Each of these modules is designed to make students take an introspective look at how they apply leadership practices both internally and externally.

  • As with the first two courses in this series, this course contains segments from experts in the field of organizational leadership that reinforces the curriculum. This course will tie the previous two courses together and prepare students for the practical applications involved in the program.

  • This course is now being delivered through the WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP EDUCATION ACADEMY portal at widojicld.pslms.org.  Please use your e-mail address for both Username and Password to access the site. Request a new password if your login is not successful.

  • ICLD 4 Competency and Mastery (60 hrs.)

  • In this fourth course in the Credible Leadership series, you have the opportunity to understand and perform the complex knowledge, skills, and tasks that exemplary leaders perform.

  • The content of this course has been researched and field-tested over more than 30 years in university and justice and public safety environments including police, corrections, customs, immigration, homeland security, and private security settings. It is based on the breakthrough book titled, Every Officer is A Leader: Coaching Leadership and Learning in Justice, Public Safety and Security Organizations (Revised 2nd Edition). The course was filmed at LAPD and piloted in collaboration with Deputy Chief Mark Perez and his Team of Leaders at the Los Angeles Police Department. This highly competent team was carefully selected to be able to demonstrate the skills involved in Credible Leadership throughout the course.

  • The breakthrough of this course is that officers are now able to take self-responsibility for mastering the 60 Skills that enable them to perform the 40 Tasks and Responsibilities that research has revealed are critical for leadership success in justice and public safety. Never before has professional leadership been so well-defined and distilled so that it is easily and quickly learned. The course is a research-based, online, performance enhancement learning process that equips leaders to express more empathic caring, be more ethically conscious, and more capable of developing themselves, other leaders, teams, and organizations.

  • This course is now being delivered through the WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CREDIBLE LEADERSHIP EDUCATION ACADEMY portal at widojicld.pslms.org.  Please use your e-mail address for both Username and Password to access the site. Request a new password if your login is not successful.

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