Commonwealth Police Legacy Program of Instruction: Sound Decision Making for Cops

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Instructor: Fred T. Leland, JR.

Fred is the Founder and Principal Trainer of LESC: Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (www.lesc.NET). He is the author of “Adaptive Leadership Handbook: Innovative Ways to Teach and Develop Your People, published in January 2014, and wrote a chapter in the 2017 published book Mission Command: The Who, What, Where, When and Why An Anthology both, available on Amazon. He has also published numerous articles at Police One, California Tactical Officers Association (CATO News), Illinois Tactical Officers Association, International Association of Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers (ILEETA) and is an active blogger that covers a broad range of police issues. In addition to his work with LESC, Fred Leland is a Retired (2016) Lieutenant with the Walpole (MA) Police Department. He previously worked as a deputy with the Charlotte County (FL) Sheriff’s Department and before that spent six years with the United States Marines including as a squad leader and tactical trainer in Beirut, Lebanon. Leland is an accomplished trainer with more than 32 years’ experience teaching police, military and security professionals. His programs of instruction include handling dynamic encounters; threat assessment; nonverbal communications; decision making under pressure; evolving threats; violence prevention; firearms; use of force; and adaptive leadership. He is also a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 216, and a current instructor for the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee. Outcomes based training and education (OBTE) is his approach to creating and nurturing decision makers to observe, orient, decide and act while considering consequences.

Friday: November 15, 2019

Host: Auburn Police Department 416 Oxford Street Auburn, MA 01501

Registration will be at 8:45 a.m. and the seminar will run from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The cost for this seminar will be $195.00 per official.

To register, please contact Paula Heagney at 508-989-9848 or fax us at 508-622-1820 or go to

We will discuss the following:

  • Core tangible and intangible competencies that teach police how to think versus telling them what to think, in context with the real world complex problems they are tasked with solving.
  • Adaptability- an effective change to an altered situation; Sense making- one’s ability to size up situations; problem solving- one’s ability to evaluate the adequacy of generated options and or choices; Meta-cognition- also called emotional intelligence or self-awareness that teaches, how to use strategies to monitor and self-regulate learning and cognition and; Attention control- one’s ability to deploy and focus efforts on a chosen course of action are the outcomes we seek in this class.
  • The role of decision-makers in a variety of high-pressure situations; Make difficult decisions with incomplete and sometimes contradictory information available, and observe their peers in similar situations; Gain an understanding of each other’s preferred working styles and the importance of moral courage in good leadership, Quickly develop a sense of trust among their department as they explore complex problems.
  • We will introduce and practice After Action Reviews (AAR), a tool adapted from the military world and a vital building block for developing adaptive leaders and teams. The trust, respect and understanding developed within the class enables officers to honestly, effectively and critically evaluate themselves and their peers, critiquing the decisions not the decision-makers.

“Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless. ~Col. John Boyd

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