Leadership Development Course

April 08 - May 10, 2019   |   Carlsbad, CA

Thank you for your interest in the Leadership Development Course. 

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City of Carlsbad Safety Training Center
5750 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010

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Course Control Number:

POST Plan III, Course Control Number 9100-43156-19-002

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.

Fall 2018 Instructors:

    Rick Braziel
Rick Braziel was a member of the Sacramento Police Department for over 33 years including five years as Chief. He conducts organization assessments, critical incident reviews, and instructs in Team building, Communication Skills, Community Policing, and Leadership. Rick is an Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation. He was the lead investigator in the review of the police response to Christopher Dorner. He was a member of a team reviewing the riots in Ferguson Missouri and the St. Louis County Police Collaborative Reform Initiative. Rick also completed a review of the Stockton Police response to the Bank of the West robbery and hostage taking and the review of the December 2, 2015 terrorists attack in San Bernardino. He is Inspector General for Sacramento County. Rick is co-author of the book, COP TALK: ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

    David W. McGill
David W. McGill holds 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 he is currently serving on the CPOA Board as its 1st Vice President.



     Andrew Borrello
Andrew Borrello is a retired Police Captain and served with the San Gabriel Police Department for over 27 years. Andy is a certified California POST Master Instructor and graduate of Command College. He has been presenting law enforcement training in multiple subjects for over twenty years and specializes in career development, career advancement/promotion, and the promotional oral interview. Andy is the book author of the Police Promotion Super Course and his published articles have included topics such as leadership, management, career development, promotional testing, community policing, risk management, and ethics. Captain Borrello has served as a consultant DBA, POLICE PROMOTE and has taught thousands of law enforcement professionals through one-on-one consultations/coaching, seminars, keynote addresses, and large presentations for agencies and professional associations. Andy’s curriculum is unique in the industry, intense, and fun and it’s based on tangible simplicity, effectiveness, and real-world application.

    Michael Goold
Dr. Goold is the principal of SiTNA Solutions; a leadership development firm specializing in public safety teams. He is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Master facilitator of the BlueEQ assessment and workshop, Certified Executive Coach, Level 2 administrator of the Team Diagnostic Survey, facilitator of the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, and certified Systemic Team Coach. Dr. Goold is also an adjunct faculty member for Brandman University’s Ed.D. leadership program.
Chief Goold recently retired as the Chief of Police for the City of Rancho Cordova. His previous assignments included the Asst. Commander of Investigations (Homicide, Robbery, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, etc.), CSI Bureau Commander, Communications Commander (9-1-1), Patrol Sergeant, Internal Affairs, and some other really cool assignments.
Dr. Goold has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne.  His doctoral dissertation examined traumatic stress in 9-1-1 personnel.
Chief Goold has been married for over 27 years and has four children. When not volunteering, he enjoys trying to stay fit and has run 10 marathons and several triathlons.


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: $1,175.00

Cancellation Policy:

Effective 8/1/18

All cancellations and substitutions MUST be in writing and directed to the CPOA Training Coordinator @ lserpico@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 and on-site.