COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $525.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
James W. Dodson Commander (Retired)
Odessa, Texas Police Department
James W. Dodson is a fourth-generation Texas Police Officer with 27 years of service with the Odessa Police Department, serving 92,000 citizens of West Texas. During his service to the community, he rose through the ranks to the position of Police Commander, which he held for 14 years. Commander Dodson had extensive experience in narcotics law enforcement, both as an agent and supervisor. He had over seventeen years of command experience in managing the Internal Affairs function, the Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the Patrol Services Bureau. This experience was in a progressive police department with an authorized strength of over 250 sworn and civilian personnel. Commander Dodson was a state-certified instructor for over 22 years, specializing in the areas of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Police Supervision and Leadership. He has established a continuous proven track record in his commitment to the development of public safety professionals. In June of 2006, he was awarded the Texas Police Association “Wallace Beasley Award” for outstanding contribution to law enforcement training and education.
Stephen T. Smith, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S.-Org Ldrshp, USMC, FBI Ret.
Stephen Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981, and rose through the ranks to Captain of Marines. He earned his B.A. at San Diego State University where he also led the NROTC unit as the
Midshipman Battalion Commander and was the first graduate of the SDSU NROTC Unit in 1985. He earned a meritorious promotion to the rank of Corporal and provided first line supervision at 4th
Tanks in San Diego and later as an artillery officer in Okinawa. He established a Security Force at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA where he received the Navy Achievement Medal
before accepting an appointment as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1990. From 2005 to 2009 he taught Leadership topics to first line and senior police executives attending the FBI’s National
Academy (FBINA) course at Quantico, while also presenting at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) at Budapest, Hungary. He has also presented on Leadership to FBINA re-trainers
at Toronto, Canada, St. Kitts in the Caribbean, and at venues all over CONUS. In his spare time, he earned a post-master’s degree as an Education Specialist with a specialization in
Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. In 2009 he accepted an office of preference move to the Spartanburg, SC resident agency of the FBI where he led an Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) until his retirement from the FBI in March of 2016 with 26 years of service.
Stephen remains committed to lifelong learner concepts with a primary research focus in the areas of leadership, ethics, personality, and emotional intelligence.
Pre-Payment is NOT required to register or attend this seminar
While some individuals appear to be born leaders gifted by a combination of personality traits, physical characteristics, and a nurturing environment, real and effective leaders come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. The Marine Corps is famous for having recruited, tested, developed, and deployed leaders for over 200 years with success in providing first line supervision from the shores of Tripoli to the tribal areas of rural Afghanistan from a diverse American public whose only common trait was their desire to serve a cause greater than themselves. Similarly, law enforcement leaders have risen from the ranks by being mentored by senior law enforcement leaders who helped them to find their voice and to express a vision of servant leadership that has made American law enforcement the most effective and democratic model of policing the world has ever known. This course draws upon best practices of first line supervisors from various walks of life to prove that leadership excellence is attainable for today’s first responders in public service willing to challenge themselves to lead others from the front.
Servant Leadership is brought to life with vivid examples of what has proven over time to serve as unchangeable successful leadership practices.
Understand what your natural strengths and talents are and how to build upon them to be a more effective leader.
Gain an appreciation for what each generation brings to the workforce and how to leverage those strengths to achieve win-win solutions for employees and for the organization.
Accept that power is best exercised by those who gain the willing participation of subordinates in the achievement of organizational goals.
Realize that shared visions are a product of the adage that “all politics is local”, and that paradigms that challenge the status quo may appear to threaten local interests.
Recognize the need for planning/training and embrace the fact that law enforcement is a fluid environment that requires a flexibility approach to time management principles.
Acknowledge that only with ethical leadership can organizations, relationships with the public, and self-actualization of first responders find a path to success.
Leading Behind the Badge
One of the greatest training needs currently facing public safety and criminal justice agencies is the need for sound and effective integrity and ethics training. More employees are lost each year due to “integrity and ethics” violations than are lost to actual line of duty deaths. These usually, self-inflicted acts that lead to personal and professional derailment often generate intense media attention that not only negatively impact the employee, but family members, departments, and the communities that we serve. This alarming and unacceptable fact gives tremendous merit to “integrity and ethics” being one of the most pressing training needs facing our professions. Very often ethics training is flawed because of the very inadequate amount of time allotted and then some instructors dryly discuss the difference between right and wrong, citing verbiage from the department’s code of conduct and standard operating procedures. “Ethical Decision Making” is not a “touchy-feel good” course, but rather a powerful one-day training seminar that gets right to the heart of the public safety and criminal justice cultures, the real life integrity problems and ethical dilemmas that working professionals face on a daily basis, and throughout their career. The instructor’s unique way of taking unpopular, controversial and often complex subjects and presenting them so that participants can easily listen, understand and integrate proven principles, makes this course very effective and career enhancing.