Josephson Exemplary Policing

Josephson Exemplary Policing Initiative

Josephson Exemplary Policing initiatives provide policing agencies with practical strategies and resources to enhance institutional effectiveness and credibility.  

Our experts provide insights and best practices to create an organizational culture that enhances morale, growth, and profitability while reducing risks associated with unethical behavior.

Focus Areas

Procedural Integrity

An exemplary policing agency earns public trust when officers and leaders act lawfully and ethically by

  • committing to moral values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship,
  • enforcing the law lawfully and complying with all other laws and rules that apply to their policing activities,
  • adhering to high ethical standards and codes of conduct.
Mission Outcomes

Modern policing agencies fulfill multi-dimensional expectations, including

  • preventing crime,
  • pursuing justice, 
  • protecting the public,
  • enhancing quality of life, and
  • defending rights and liberties.
Organizational Excellence

Exemplary policing organizations focus on developing positive internal culture by: 

  • instilling pride and passion for the policing mission and values,
  • attracting and retaining high-quality sworn and civilian personnel, and,
  • developing leaders who are committed to the continuous professional improvement of the agency.


Our services are based on the Josephson Exemplary Policing framework and the Six Pillars of Character.

Every day, law enforcement personnel are presented with choices that can have long-term career consequences. Ethical behavior and decision-making are vital to the success and reputation of every law enforcement agency and the well-being of every officer. This presentation takes a deep dive into applied ethics and deals with hidden and ignored ethical challenges within law enforcement.

The course was created by world-renowned ethicist Michael Josephson and Detective Captain James Dugan. Jim, whose highly decorated NJ police career was derailed by one bad judgment, provides a unique, sobering, and inspiring perspective. 

This presentation addresses the following critical organizational needs: 

  • The major causes of unethical behavior within a law enforcement agency. 
  • The inherent career and officer wellness consequences of unethical behavior – long and short term.
  • The Six Pillars of Character – applying them within your agency.
Upcoming Open Enrollment Courses

Please contact Jim Dugan at or 949-290-4033 for more information or to register.

  • Allegheny County Police Academy, Alison Park, PA – September 7, 2023
  • Passaic County Robert A. Lyons Police Academy, Wayne, NJ – September 11, 2023
  • Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute, Mahwah, NJ – September 13, 2023
  • Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, NJ – September 15, 2023
  • Camp Verde Marshall’s Office, Camp Verde, AZ – October 5, 2023
  • Carlsbad Police Training Center, Carlsbad, CA – October 10, 2023
  • Fresno City College Police Academy, Fresno, CA – October 24, 2023
  • College of the Redwoods Police Academy, Eureka, CA – November 2, 2023
  • Sandra Hutchens Regional Law Enforcement Training Center, Orange, CA – November 16, 2023
  • Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center, Camarillo, CA -November 17, 2023
  • South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium, San Jose, CA – December 13, 2023


  • Hammonton Police Department, Hammonton, LA – January 23, 2024
  • Hammonton Police Department, Hammonton, LA – January 24, 2024
  • Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Jeanerette, LA – January 26, 2024
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Training Center, Fultondale, Al – March 11, 2024
  • Bryant Police Department, Bryant, AR – March 13, 2024
  • Washington University Law Enforcement Training Center, Clayton, MO – March 15, 2024
  • Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown, SC – April 30, 2024
  • Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute,  Mahwah, NJ – May 8, 2024
  • Monmouth County Police Academy,  Freehold, NJ – October 2, 2024
Upcoming Conferences

You’ll see at us these upcoming conferences:

  • California Peace Officers Association Conference – October 2-3, 2023
  • FBINAA-AK – December 6-8, 2023
  • Oregon Association of Police Chiefs Annual Conference – April 16-19, 2024
  • Missouri Sheriffs Association Summer Conference – August 13, 2024
Upcoming Agency Trainings
  • Dayton Police Department, Dayton, OH – September 5-6, 2023
  • Napa Department of Corrections, Napa, CA – September 26 and 28, 203
  • Waterloo Police Department, Waterloo, IA –  November 8, 22 and 27, 2023

Responding to the need for agencies to offer all employees – sworn and civilian – periodic training reminders about the special ethical obligations of police professionals, Josephson Policing offers fully customized on-site training courses featuring two-per-day scheduled 4-hour blocks.

Josephson Policing administers standardized and customized agency assessments of culture, dominant values, critical attitudes and common practices in every aspect of the organization.

Contact us to learn more.


“The more powerful a person or institution is, the more transparent – open to public inspection or oversight – its activities should be. The less powerful, the less transparent.”

 – George Scialabba



“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”

 – Aristotle

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”

 – Eleanor Roosevelt


“To the person who does not know where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind.”

 – Seneca the Younger


“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”

 – Dalai Lama


“You got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.”

  – Jack Welch


“The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.”

 – Felix Frankfurter





“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go on to permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”

 – Judith Lewis Herman



“I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10.”

 – Dean Smith


Get Started Today

Don’t wait another day to start changing your organization’s culture!

Get started by requesting information with the button below or contact Jim Dugan, director of Josephson Exemplary Policing at 949-290-4033. 

Josephson Exemplary Policing

"Entertaining, valuable, and powerful content"

Josephson Exemplary Policing at The Ray Center
“Engaging, knowledgeable and great presenter. I have taken multiple ethics classes at different agencies and by far - this drives it home!”
“Entertaining, valuable and powerful content. Great energy from presenter. The biggest strength was having Jim share his personal story - made ethics more real and relatable. All-in-all, great training.”
“A truly impactful class. I showed up today thinking this was a check in the box course. I am leaving today with a new look on ethics. The instructor was honest and extraordinarily genuine. His insights were incredible and helpful.”
Jim Dugan
Michael Josephson

About the Presenters

Jim Dugan

Jim has a professional career path that is both accomplished and diverse. During his 13-year law enforcement career, Jim worked primarily in the areas of narcotic enforcement and police training. During that time, he received numerous awards and accommodations for his work in those areas and was a speaker at several state-wide law enforcement conferences throughout the northeast. He achieved the rank of Captain of Detectives at the age of 32 when he was promoted to Director of a New Jersey State Certified Police Training Academy. 

Jim’s highly decorated police career ended abruptly in 1997 because of an ethical tragedy caused by “one bad decision” that took him outside the lines of what was right. In this course, Jim takes you through the painful journey, both professionally and personally, that resulted from his unethical conduct. 

Michael Josephson

Michael Josephson is an influential and internationally renowned champion of character education for ethical conduct in business, government, policing, and law.  Employing his groundbreaking insights and strategies, Mr. Josephson has assisted law enforcement agencies to strengthen individual and institutional decision-making and create sustainable ethical cultures.

He is the author of over a dozen books and major studies including the Exemplary Peace Officer series for police officers. Michael has received many honors for his work including America’s Award for Integrity presented by former President Ronald Reagan.



Exemplary Policing Resources

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