North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Executive Leadership for New Chiefs

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended primarily for police chiefs with less than three (3) years of experience as a chief. This course is also appropriate for higher level command staff aspiring to become an agency head, in the role of a chief.

Course Goal:

This focus of this course is to enhance the skills, knowledge and abilities of executives in command staff or agency head positions.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify and describe different leadership models.
  • Describe important liability issues with regard to employment, supervision, training, managing critical incidents, and evidence retention.
  • Determine and articulate manpower needs for their agency.
  • Understand and apply the use of statistical data to include; calls for service and the Crime Measurement Index (CMI).
  • Develop an agency budget.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively interact with the media.
  • Apply effective strategies for conducting a formal press conference.


The course employs lecture, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Students should be familiar with Microsoft program applications including a basic understanding of Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Some evening course work will be required.

Special Concerns:

The course will be offered over a four (4) month period. Classes will meet the second week of the month, Tuesdays through Thursdays. The final class session will be extended to Friday at noon, for a graduation ceremony.


Register for ALL NCJA classes (online, traditional, web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.





Course Coordinator:

Laurie Austen

Length of Course:

150 hours

Agency Limit: 2

Directions to Salemburg & Edneyville