Schaeffer, Rod
Leadership: Choosing to Lead in Today's Police Environment

This presentation will identify the characteristics and talents necessary to develop and lead in today's environment. The discussion will include a detailed process of leadership skills related to selection, development, and decision-making attributes on how leaders build teams. These attributes can help you make critical decisions when lives hang in the balance. Real-world operations will be reviewed and will identify leadership and team problems, and discuss solutions that reduce or mitigate injuries and loss of life. Finally, it will highlight how leadership and teamwork can positively or negatively impact the event's outcome during a critical incident. The day will include group exercises to include tabletop and interactive exercises with students in various situations that require law enforcement intervention.

Rod Schaeffer - Bio
Rod Schaeffer began his career in 1992 with the Lee's Summit, MO Police Department and has been on the Emergency Services Squad (SWAT) since 1994. As a captain, he currently serves as a Patrol Watch Commander and SWAT Commander. He served as an operator, team supervisor, and team commander. Rod is a recipient of the Police Medal of Valor and was the officer of the year in 2000 and employee of the year in 2013. Rod teaches the SWAT Command and Decision-Making I course for the NTOA.