Leadership and Ethics in Policing Course

The Leadership and Ethics in Policing program is a series of principles, known as “dynamics,” that are designed to empower law enforcement and public safety officials to be more effective in both their professional and personal lives.

The dynamics are packaged in a fast-paced and exciting program that is entertaining, enlightening, and relevant to the challenges facing public safety today. The principles are universal in their application and can strengthen and stabilize relationships within the community, inside the organization, and even family.

After implementing Police Dynamics, agencies from around the world have reported an increase in morale, performance, and public support coupled with a decrease in crime, citizen complaints, and ethical failures.

Law Enforcement Officers - Ready to Grow in Your Career?

What's Included?

Your Online Leadership and Ethics in Policing Course is filled with more than 12 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

Designed for the busy working professional, each lesson is divided into 5-10 bite sized “topics” that can be completed in 10-20 minutes each.

Here are the major topics we cover in this course.

Character Driven Policing

Introduction and Getting Started

This Introductory session will help establish common ethical ground on which to build a top-notch law enforcement or public safety agency that serves as an example of personal character and professional integrity. Lasting solutions to organizational problems come when officers and employees internalize positive character traits.

Animal Fighting

Coactive Policing

Coactive policing is a philosophy, not a program. Crime is a community problem that demands a community solution. The power for effective change rests within the agency’s relationship with the citizens it serves. In this session, officers learn how to tap into the power of community relationships and focus it on solving the underlying problems that manifest themselves in criminality.

The Dynamics of Character

The Dynamics of Character

Character is the seed that produces the fruit of high achievement. Most police training programs focus on competencies (behavior, performance, achievement), yet most of our problems stem from a lack of character. Establishing standards around character is the first step to building trust in the community, encouraging high standards, strengthening internal relationships, and improving both morale and performance.

The Dynamic of Authority

The Dynamic of Authority

This dynamic is the cornerstone of the Police Dynamics program. Faithfully representing authorities and remaining under their protection is key to avoiding negative consequences, infusing trust into relationships, affecting positive change inside and outside the walls of the agency, generating voluntary compliance with the law, overcoming resistance without force, and avoiding ethical failures.

The Dynamic of Restoration

The Dynamic of Restoration

Restoring renegade officers may be our greatest leadership challenge. Most officers agree that the majority of their work-related stress stems from unhealthy internal relationships. Unresolved conflicts can result in hurt, depression, anger, and jealousy that undermine internal discipline and agency effectiveness. The integration of specific character qualities is necessary to restore renegade officers and stabilize internal relationships.

The Dynamic of Discretion

The Dynamic of Discretion

One of the more powerful tools available to the executive branch is the discretionary use of authority. However, much of our discretion has been limited by legislation or judicial rulings because we have used it in an unjust manner. In this dynamic, we explore the judicious exercise of police authority and how to make discretionary decisions based on the principles of good character.

The Dynamic of Compliance

The Dynamic of Compliance

In this dynamic, learn how to generate voluntary compliance through words. Physical force is often utilized prematurely resulting in liability, officer injury, disciplinary action, and other negative consequences. A professional standard of conduct exists to protect officers while overcoming the subject’s natural inclinations to resist authority. By following this standard, you will become more effective in all three of the deadly arenas: the streets, the courts, and the media.

The Dynamic of Interposition

The Dynamic of Interposition

It's well recognized in the police profession that a senior officer has a duty to intervene when a subordinate officer becomes abusive towards a citizen or suspect. But what if the offending officer outranks him? Does the junior officer have a duty to intervene in order to protect the citizen? The answer is a resounding "yes!" The justification for doing so is found in a long-standing legal principle called the Interposition of the Lesser Magistrate. In this session, we will explore the rationale behind the doctrine and how to exercise it in the midst of a crisis.

Leadership and Ethics in Policing - Wrapping Up

Wrapping Up

In this section, we'll bring all the pieces of the puzzle together and show how the different dynamics fit together.

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Yeah, But What Are the Lessons Like?

We get it
No one wants to buy something sight unseen – or as they used to say, “a pig in a poke.”
“Bite Sized”
Each lesson is “bite sized” just so you can do a little bit each day in order make progress towards your goals!
Starts with an Overview
Virtually every lesson starts with an overview introductory page that shares what the lesson is about and provides a sense of the things that will be covered in the course.
A Video Lesson

A video lesson to begin your learning.

Additional Content

With additional content such as review material, interactive exercises or memorable quotes to reinforce your learning.

Pro Tips

We often include inset boxes to help you connect the dots between the various lessons you are taking, and occasional “Pro Tips” your instructors are sharing to help make your job just a little bit easier …

Reminders top apply what you are learning to your agency

... And all along the way, we share reminders to apply what you’re learning to your own agency.

Added Bonus

As an added bonus, from time to time you’ll even see additional resources, white papers, or other related webinars listed – just in case you’re inspired to learn more about a given topic.

Knowledge Checks

We also include little “Knowledge Checks” along the way to help reinforce what you need to know for each Lesson’s final quiz (5-10 questions).

These questions also help you to prepare for your cumulative, end of course final certification exam.

But don’t stress: We do these intermediate steps so that nothing on the quizzes, or the final exam, are ever a surprise. We want you to succeed!

Meet Your Instructor

Denise Beagley

Ray Nash

Ray Nash began his 40-year law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while he was still in high school. After a time as a patrolman and street supervisor, he was appointed Police Chief in Irmo, South Carolina at the tender age of 23. Later, he served as a Training Specialist with the Institute of Police Technology and Management (I.P.T.M.) at the University of North Florida, then returned to S.C. for his second tenure as a Police Chief, this time in Summerville.

In 1997, Ray began the first of his three terms as the elected Sheriff in Dorchester County, SC. After retiring in 2009, he pursued an overseas mission for over three years in support of the international police reform effort in Afghanistan. He served as a Professional Police Mentor to the Ministry of Interior, the Criminal Justice Advisor for the US Embassy in Kabul, and the Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board.

As CEO and founder of the Police Dynamics Institute, Sheriff Nash has provided consulting services and leadership training to over 15,000 police officers, government officials, and business leaders from around the world. Agencies that have adopted the principles of Police Dynamics have reported lower crime rates, higher morale, enhanced officer performance, and reductions in ethical failures and complaints.

In 2018, Sheriff Nash, co-founded the Inductive Interview System, a non-linear, non-coercive approach to forensic interviewing for the law enforcement/public safety and mental health professions.

What Do I Do If I Have Questions or Troubles?

We get it: If you’re used to learning strictly in a classroom environment, online learning might be a little scary at first.

But know that whether it’s a technical support issue or a question about something an instructor has said in a video, we’re here to help ensure you feel confident in your knowledge and development.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions.

But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school.

That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge (and certification) you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs.

The Certification is designed specifically for working adults. Split up into bite sized components, each lesson can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less.

And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.

What People Are Saying about This?

“This was FANTASTIC!!! I love this speaker! He is so down to earth and I love his examples. I would love to hear any other teachings he has. A++”


"Good Information, this can apply to law enforcement, code enforcement, and animal control, etc. Enjoyed the presentation."


“I think it is important that we recognize, within the Law Enforcement community, that these toxic attitudes are universal and contagious so that we can all learn. Thank for hosting this.”


“The presenter was clearly passionate about the topic & COMPASSIONATE (instead of blaming) towards the people who have sought his help. I would hope such mentors/resources are accessible to all law enforcement who need/want to find their “happy thoughts” again. I appreciated the real-life examples he provided to flesh out the steps/principles/path to restoration. Thank you!”


“He broached a topic that isn’t usually spoken about and can be applicable to many agencies and workplaces.”


“All comes down to an individual’s character. It starts with self. A lot of times the work environment can be so hostile due to ineffective leadership. It’s good to be reminded that an individual can make a difference with a positive attitude and more.”


“The destruction ladder was great! It out everything in an easy to understand format and gave the processes, bother destruction and restoration clarity.


“Sheriff Ray Nash used some very key phrases that helped me connect with him on more than just topic material; I sensed this just wasn’t a training course, but an attitude of the heart that affects his personal, professional and spiritual self.”


Sounds Great! So…. How much?

Our introductory pricing for the course is $337. People who complete the entire course and all of the required End of Lesson quizzes, homework, etc will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Justice Clearinghouse.

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Are There Discounts Available?

Yes - please contact me for details on how to qualify for any of the following discounts:

  • 3 Or More Students
  • Current NSA Member (Please provide your Membership ID): $50 discount
  • Contact us if you have 10 or more students

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out below.

For agencies paying by Purchase Order, please contact us at aaron@justiceclearinghouse.com.