Leadership Development Course – Watsonville- Nominations are OPEN!

September 27 - October 29, 2021   |   Watsonville, CA

Thank you for your interest in the Leadership Development Course.

CPOA is taking nominations with the hopes that the class will be able to go on! The pandemic is very fluid and some recent classes have been cancelled with short notice. If there are any changes to the schedule,  you will be notified immediately.

Please click on the ‘register now’ button to complete and submit your student nomination TODAY!


Watsonville, CA
September 27-October 1, 2021 & October 25, 2021-October 29, 2021.

Watsonville Civic Plaza
275 Main Street
Watsonville, CA  95076

For the event flyer please click HERE

Course Control Number:

POST Certified, Course Control Number 9100-43156-21-001

Course Description:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I would recommend this course to aspiring leaders who want to help lead the charge in their department…. It allows you to learn about your strengths…and how to develop your weaknesses to be the strongest leader you can be.” Kionna Rowe | Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“This was an opportunity for me to find out what true leadership is and develop myself to be a better leader within my organization.” Travis Thornsberry | Placer County Sheriff’s Department

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I learned about myself and my teaching techniques and how I may or may not come across to others. One of the things I would highly recommend to others who take this class in the future is just be honest with yourself.” Jesse Perez | Beverly Hills Police Department

This exclusive class provides line-level officers the building blocks to grow into leadership positions through the belief that the most powerful way to grow as a leader is to become truly self-aware. Each student will build a foundation for individual and organizational growth using curated readings and two nationally recognized self-assessment profiles integrated with group introspective activities. A promotion to sergeant workshop is also included.

At the conclusion of the LDC, your agency can expect to gain an officer who has explored the leadership concepts of Character, Competence, Caring, and Trust, and who has examined ways to effect organizational change that inspires community trust and support.

This is an excellent opportunity to involve your agency in leadership development at a statewide level. Please encourage your command staff to carefully consider who would best represent your agency and benefit from the encouragement of leadership values.

Applicants will be evaluated based on criteria including membership in CPOA, interest in promoting, work performance and recommendations of supervisors or direct commanders.

*The 80 hours is split between two five-day weeks separated by several weeks.

If your application is chosen and your nomination is confirmed, you will receive the details for the course.



    David W. McGill

David W. McGill is the recently retired Chief of Police of the Sedona, AZ Police Department. Prior to his service in Arizona, David held the rank of Deputy Chief of Police for the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).  Prior to being hired by the NBPD, he served with the Los Angeles Police Department for over 25 years, working a variety of assignments including patrol and detectives, Anti-Terrorist Division, Internal Affairs Division, and as the Adjutant to the Chief of Staff.  David has taught Internal Affairs courses for several years and has been instrumental in updating CPOA’s Internal Affairs Manual.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine at the University of California at Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Long Beach.  He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Executive Development Course, and the 212th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.  David serves on many non-profit boards and foundations throughout Orange County in support of children and victims.  He has been a member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) since 1997, and is a Past President of the association.



Nominations are now OPEN. 

Police Officers, Deputies, and Corporals, and Investigators who have the support and approval of their supervisor and department chief executive, and who can meet the following conditions for attending CPOA’s Leadership Development Course:

  • Complete all reading assignments, and homework assignments
  • Commit to attending all 10 class sessions (two 40-hour weeks)
  • Agree to take part in all learning activities through active class participation

Registration fees: FREE
Post Plan VI- $1,175.00 fee is waived, Cpoa will be reimbursed by post

Cancellation Policy:

Effective 8/1/18

All cancellations and substitutions MUST be in writing and directed to the CPOA Training Coordinator kseibles@cpoa.org. All refunds will be processed within 30 days from the written date of the cancellation request.

Cancellations made 30 calendar days or more from the first day of your registered course will be refunded minus a $100 cancellation fee.

Cancellations made 29 calendar days to 10 calendar days from the first day of your registered course will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations made 9 calendar days or less from the first day of your registered course are NOT eligible to receive a refund.

*Registrants who cannot attend a course are strongly encouraged to find a substitution.

Substitution Policy:

CPOA encourages you to make a substitution if a student cannot attend the course; substitutions will be accepted prior to the course in writing.