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Personnel Development, Assessment & Liability

by Southern Police Institute (SPI)

Oct. 5 - 9, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition:  $795.00
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional & Proper Use of Authority
  • Cultural Competency
  • Human Rights
  • Law Update
  • Procedural Justice


All registrations must be made online through the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

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This course focuses on the job analysis process, selection procedures and the factors essential for reviewing officers’ performance and assessing their promotion potential. Effective methods for measuring individual performance within a law enforcement agency are reviewed using interactive discussion with participants. Selection and promotion criteria are identified in order to achieve optimum performance by staff.

Various methods of promotional testing will be reviewed and the benefits of adopting an assessment center process will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the need for both hiring and promotion processes being based on credible and established criteria that will withstand legal and political scrutiny. This course will also address the problems of recruiting, hiring and retaining staff who are representative of their community. It will review the administrative management systems necessary to monitor personnel and their positive and negative performance and its links to their contribution towards community participation.

The final component of this course reflects on the dangers of ignoring, or being unaware, of the legal constraints concerning the critical area of human resources that have proven to be very costly in litigation for some agencies. Discussion will focus on risk management, 42 USC (1983) actions, EEOC issues, negligent retention, grievance procedures and negotiating with collective bargaining units. These legal and liability issues, along with recommendations and strategies from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, will be explored in detail through interactive class discussion.

OMCP Certificate:  This course is one of four 1-week courses comprising the SPI Organizational Management Certificate Program (OMCP). The four courses may be attended individually or in any combination. However, supervisors who complete all 160 hours of instruction will receive the OMCP Certificate from the Southern Police Institute. All four courses are scheduled to be delivered in Urbana this fall.


  • What is Your Staff Really Doing?
  • Staff Recruitment and Selection
  • Developing Your Line Staff and Managers
  • Assessing Your Staff for Promotion
  • Retaining and Managing Your Staff
  • Practical Assessment Exercises/Role Play: Validity & Defensibility
  • The Legal Framework for Human Resources: Risk Management
  • The Legal Framework for Human Resources: 42 USC (1983) Actions
  • The Legal Framework for Human Resources: EEOC
  • Negligent Retention, Grievance Procedures, Union Negotiation

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Southern Police Institute
University of Louisville