Supervisor Training and Education Program (STEP)
2004 to Present
Law enforcement subject matter experts have selected the competencies or skills included in the curriculum of STEP. The titles of the topics reflect these competencies. Through education, training and on-the-job practice, improvement in these areas can be accomplished within six months.
SUPERVISOR PERSONALITY ATTRIBUTES
Subject matter experts also prioritized personality or behavioral attributes related to a successful first line supervisor. Research indicates that it takes 12-18 months after an intervention such as STEP for the participant to demonstrate a change in behavior. Instructors will give emphasis to these attributes: attitude, confidence, dependability, emotional stability, fairness, integrity, motivation/ambition, patience, objectivity, team-focus and quality.
STEP covers 14 learning modules where supervisory and management theory is translated into professional practice. In-class sessions will be interactive discussions with the instructors using lecture, breakout teams and case studies. Participants will be asked to bring their specific immediate issue or question to class. Instructors will give selected read/think or write/think out-of-class assignments.
Instructors who teach in STEP are recognized as excellent classroom discussion facilitators. Both sworn and non-sworn, they have been selected for their expertise and experience in meeting the challenges of the first line supervisor.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
As officers enter the position of supervisor, they must change and adapt to meet the new job and organizational requirements. The transition requires a new orientation from doing things as an officer to the recognition that the supervisor must get work done through other people. The transition requires an understanding of the expectations and role of the supervisor in the overall department. Without help, few are capable of making the quantum leap from being an officer to performing a very different and difficult job.
STEP is designed for first-line supervisors promoted within the last two years.
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