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Executive Development Course

The focus of the Executive Development Course (EDC) is to provide a different perspective regarding the roles of leaders in their respective organizations. The course is interactive and provides training on a variety of topics associated with organizational dynamics and development, personal and group leadership, and communication skills. This course is also a prerequisite for agency heads to obtain POST's Executive Certificate (Commission Procedure F-1-10). The course covers the following topics:

  • Organizational Analysis
  • Police Administration
  • Role of Leadership
  • Legal Issues
  • The Challenge of Change
  • Media Relations
  • Perspectives on the Executive Role
  • Executive Experience
  • Organizational Communications

The EDC is presented 5 times annually to approximately 125 sworn law enforcement managers.


The Executive Development Course is designed for department heads and their executive staff. An officer who will be appointed within 12 months to a department head or executive position may attend the EDC, provided the officer has successfully completed the POST Management Course (requirements for the EDC are set forth in PAM Section D-5). The Executive Director of POST may waive the Management Course prerequisite for a chief executive who has completed training comparable to a POST Management Course (please refer PAM Section D-15 for information on the prerequisite waiver process).

Attendance preference is given to department heads (police chiefs and sheriffs), followed by executive command staff. Officers in a middle management position (typically third-level lieutenants and commanders) require department head authorization (attendance will not be confirmed until six weeks prior to class start date).