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IACP Police Leadership Reading List

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 This reading list is taken from the Police Leadership Development Reading List, a publication developed by the "International Association of Chiefs of Police" (IACP) with support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The intent of the publication is to assist member of police organizations with self-development as part of a comprehensive leadership development program. The list is broken down by level of responsibility in the organization. Readers should start with the books selected for their current level of responsibility and then read at each higher level until they have finished the list. 

The goal of self-development is to improve one’s current leadership ability and increase one’s potential for leadership at higher organizational levels. The challenge is to use the reading to close the gap between the organization’s need for future leaders and the leadership assets and liabilities of individual department members. 


Access the IACP Police Leadership Development Reading List.