Law Enforcement Administration

Leading the Small Police Department


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

TCOLE Credit will be available

ILEA Headquarters
at The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

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Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
ILEA: +1.972.244.3430 
Fax: +1.972.244.3431


This course focuses on assisting the hopeful or current leader of a small law enforcement agency master the unique challenges to be found there. Short on theory and long on practical, proven advice, the class will help the participant prepare for and take on a new department, spot and overcome problems, nurture positive relations with employees and community, and effectively handle critical decision-making, including recruitment, hiring, and disciplinary issues. The course will also aid the leader in successfully working with the news media, ensuring officer safety, handling critical incidents, guaranteeing transparency and accountability, and surviving a lengthy and rewarding leadership career.

The class instructor, a veteran of 53 years in policing and the chief of departments serving cities of 8,000, 23,000, and over 100,000 residents, is the author of the course textbook: LEADING THE SMALL POLICE DEPARTMENT.


  • When You Are the New Chief, or Plan to Be
  • Special Challenges for the Small Department Chief
  • Your Role as Leader
  • Doing Decision-Making Right
  • Serving as an Exceptional Role Model
  • Building a Positive Relationship with Your People
  • How to Work for Someone
  • Your Role in the Community
  • Doing Discipline Right
  • You Wear a Lot of Hats
  • Your Officers’ Welfare Must be Priority One
  • Working Successfully with the News Media
  • When Bad Things Happen
  • Communication is the Name of the Game
  • Evaluating and Repairing Employee Performance
  • Handling Critical Incidents
  • Your Life in the Political World
  • Taking Care of Yourself


  • $500 ILEA Member
  • $550 Non-member


  • 8:30am to 5:00pm | Day 1 and 2
  • 8:30am to 12:00pm | Day 3

Who Should Attend

Current law enforcement leaders or those striving to head a small law enforcement agency


Jerry Garner currently serves as Chief of the Corinth, Texas Police Department.  Before returning to his native Texas, Garner served for over 12 years as chief of the Greeley, Colorado Police Department, an agency serving a city of over 100,000 persons. Prior to that time, he served as police chief in Fort Lupton, Colorado, a city of 9,000 people. Before working as a police chief, Garner retired as a division chief after a 30-year career with the nationally-renowned Lakewood, Colorado Police Department where he led in virtually every assignment available in municipal policing.  He was the 62nd police CEO to come from Lakewood.  Before going to Colorado, Garner led a police training school in Kansas and served as an officer with the Victoria and San Marcos, Texas police departments.

Chief Garner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Administration of Justice.  He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).  Garner has instructed for the FBI National Academy, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the U.S. Department of the Interior, LEMIT at Sam Houston State University, ILEA, and various law enforcement academies and police specialty schools.  He has authored 13 books and over 200 articles on law enforcement topics. 

TCOLE Credit

Successful graduates of this course will receive 18 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Dallas Plano
3100 North Dallas Pkwy, Plano TX 75093 
Corporate Discount Code: 757

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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Occasionally, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) may be forced to cancel a scheduled program. Whenever possible, the decision to cancel is made at least fourteen days prior to the start of the program, and registered participants are notified once that decision has been made. If the distance to the training site requires that you make airline and/or hotel reservations, please contact ILEA (+1.972.244.3430) to inquire about the status of any program before making travel arrangements. While paid registrations in cancelled courses will be refunded in full, ILEA will not be responsible for monetary loss due to cancellations or changes in airline or hotel reservations.

Eligibility Policy

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration provides  professional education and technical support to the law enforcement community. 

A registrant in an ILEA program must be a sworn officer; a civilian employee of a law enforcement department; or an employee of a municipal, county or state agency.

Anyone interested in attending an ILEA program who does not meet the above standard requirements will need to request advance approval. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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