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Mastering the art of command: Inside the Policing Leadership Academy with retired NYPD Chief Kenneth Corey

Exploring the innovative training methods designed to equip middle managers with effective leadership strategies

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Effective police leadership transcends the mere management of law enforcement personnel; it involves inspiring change, fostering community trust and navigating complex socio-political landscapes. Leaders in law enforcement face unique challenges that require not only a deep understanding of law and policy but also strong interpersonal skills and strategic vision. This calls for specialized training programs that address the specific needs of police leadership at various levels.

In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, host Jim Dudley engages with retired NYPD Chief Kenneth Corey, who now plays a pivotal role at the Policing Leadership Academy in Chicago. Chief Corey discusses the nuances of leading a large police force, the transformative power of mentorship and the Academy’s innovative approach to training police commanders. This episode provides valuable insights into the complexities of police leadership and the critical role of continuous education in enhancing the efficacy and ethical standards of law enforcement officers.

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About our guest

Chief Kenneth E. Corey is a Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Crime Lab’s Policing Leadership Academy.

He began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1988 as a police cadet and retired in November 2022 after more than 34 years of service. As the Chief of Department, he was responsible for the coordination and management of the agency’s operational bureaus.

With an emphasis on neighborhood policing, customer service, and the improved health and wellness of officers, he is committed to delivering a safer New York City. In order to achieve these goals, he established trusted networks among local business leaders, media, intelligence professionals, local government agencies and community members that improved coordination among stakeholders.

Chief Corey held a number of leadership positions in his career including in the Detective Bureau, Intelligence Bureau, Organized Crime Control Bureau, Personnel Bureau and Patrol Services Bureau.

After leaving the NYPD, he joined the University of Chicago Crime Lab, helping to develop the Policing Leadership Academy to continue his work at improving policing around the county. He also serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Secure Community Network, a homeland security initiative, which ensures the safety of Jewish communities and people throughout North America.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Chief Corey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Pace University and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Marist College. He is a graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.

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