Leadership Primer for Commanders – Elk Grove

February 26 - 27, 2018   |   Elk Grove, CA

This class has available seating. Please click the Register Now link at the top of this page.


Elk Grove City Council Chambers
8400 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Class hours

8:00am – 5:00pm

Course Control Number

9100-10214-17-001, Plan IV

Course Description

Now, more than ever, law enforcement needs leaders who can motivate, inspire, and influence others to improve their organizations’ performance and recapture the trust of the public. Leadership Primer for Commanders gives you the tools to meet the demands of your city and its citizens by providing:
1. A solid grounding in core leadership foundational principles.
2. A detailed examination of the art of command and the science of control.
3. Realistic techniques for influencing organizational partners.


Darren Allison is currently a Captain with the Oakland Police Department. He has been with the police department for 21 years, holding positions as a Special Operations Commander, Area Commander, SWAT Tactical Commander, Internal Affairs Commander, Patrol Watch Commander & Supervisor, Crime Reduction Team Supervisor and Officer, and Community Policing Officer. In 2012, he served as the Interim Deputy Chief for Field Operations. He is the department expert and instructor for crowd control and the incident command system. He worked as a committee member for the California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) to develop instruction on supervision and leadership for the State. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies (2015). He has attended the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy.

Blair Alexander, (Colonel US Army Ret.), is currently an Inspector with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Blair retired as a Lieutenant from Oakland PD (CA), where he served for over 20 years, holding positions as SWAT Tactical Commander & Entry Operator, Patrol Watch Commander & Supervisor, Violence Suppression Unit Commander, Internal Affairs Officer-Involved Shooting Investigator, Field Training Officer, and Departmental Range Master. Blair also retired as a Colonel (Infantry) from the US Army with 30 years of combined active & reserve service, including a deployment to Iraq as a member of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (BS – 81), Santa Clara University in CA (MBA – 92), and the US Army War College in PA (Masters of Strategic Studies – 05).

Who Should Attend:

This course is for Watch Commanders (Sergeant rank perhaps in small agencies) through Deputy Chiefs.

Fees and Registration: $230.00

The easiest way to register a group of individuals is using our online system. To choose group registration, click the registration link at the top of this page. Login to our system or create an account. Then, on the registration page, click the second blue button indicating group registration for your agency. On the following screen, click the green button that says “Register an Attendee” and search for attendees you wish to register. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $15 administrative fee.
There will be no refund for cancellations received 15 days or less prior to the start date of the course. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

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.

*Registration Policy:

CPOA will not register anyone for a class unless payment has been received in full. If you are not able to provide payment with registration you may provide a credit card to hold the seat. However, all students must be paid in full 10 days prior to the class. If payment is not received and a card has been given to hold the seat, it will be charged.