This course will give law enforcement personnel an opportunity to explore and discuss the state of ethics and moral reasoning in the American criminal justice system, with a special emphasis on the day-to-day realities of policing. Strategies will be offered to help improve ethical decision making on personal and professional levels. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to develop strategies for creating and maintaining a positive ethical climate within their own work environment.
Successful completion of this program will authorize graduates to present the eight hour Law Enforcement Ethics and the sixteen-hour Ethics for Field Training Officers courses within their own agencies or local/regional academies.
Your agency’s participation in this program will have a win-win result. The participants who attend will receive valued training of national caliber that will benefit your agency with personnel who can then "carry the message" to your fine men and women.
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Tuition includes all instruction and handouts. Lodging and meals are excluded.
- $750 USD per person
- Models for Ethical Decision-making
- Identifying Dilemmas and “Stakeholders”
- The Six Pillars of Character and The Principles of Ethical Policing
- The Condition of Society: What Does it Mean to Policing?
- Higher Standards/Different Standards
- Strategies for Creating a Healthy Ethical Environment
- Foundational Ethics
Who Should Attend?
Trainers and law enforcement practitioners preparing to teach or lead ethics discussions in their agencies or academies.
Note: This program is best suited for individuals with prior training experience.
Since 1993, the Ethics Train-the-Trainer course has graduated over 10,000 law enforcement trainers, Course graduates have been drawn from over 750 agencies across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Romania and Peru.
- Richard N. Holden, Ph.D.
Dr. Richard (Rick) Holden has served as Scholar-in-Residence with the Institute for Law Enforcement Institute since 2015 while also serving as a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Rick holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, a M.S. degree in human relations and management, and a B.S. degree in criminal justice from Abilene Christian University.
- Gregory Smith, M.A.
Mr. Gregory Smith is Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Institute (ILEA). Prior to his appointment as Director, Gregory served ILEA for more than 17 years as Associate Director. From 1990-1999, Mr. Smith was an officer with the Baylor University-Medical Police Department in Dallas. He served in Patrol and managed the Crime Prevention and Community Services Section. In addition, Gregory served more than 21 years with the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve.
Gregory holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Ball State University with a Minor in Multi-Cultural Education and Military Science. He also holds a M.A. degree in Sociology, (specializing in Social Psychology) from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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300 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
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701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701-0000
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805 Neches Street, Austin, TX 78701-7870
- HILTON HOTEL | 512-482-8000 MAP & Directions
500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
- OMNI HOTEL SOUTHPARK | 512-448-2222 MAP & Directions
4140 Governor's Row, Austin, TX 78741-7874
Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 28 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.
Course Cancellation Policy
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.
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.