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.

Josephson Exemplary Policing Framework

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.

                      “Honoring the Badge” Police Ethics Course


Modern policing takes place in an ethical minefield – from the street to the courthouse, from management to recruiting, from training to on and off-duty conduct. The mission of the Josephson Exemplary Policing Initiative at Drake University is to help agencies shape, enhance, and fortify their ethical culture and prevent misconduct from eroding confidence in the public sector.

The highly acclaimed Honoring the Badge police ethics Agency and Command Staff programs take a deep dive
into applied ethics and deal with the hidden, and often 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

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.

                                      If you are committed to bringing meaningful, ethical improvements to your entire department, this training is for you!

Jim Dugan
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. 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. He earned many awards and accommodations in his law enforcement career and was a speaker at several state-wide law enforcement conferences throughout the northeast.

Jim brought his talents to the private sector and quickly established himself as a leader in the corporate world. As a Senior Executive, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Jim’s 20+ years of business success spanned several industries to include publishing, student travel, extraordinary events, and consumer products.

As Director of the Josephson Exemplary Policing Initiative at Drake University, Jim now commits his time to educating and supporting the policing community by providing expert insights and critical resources in the areas of police ethics and professional development. Jim holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and a M.Ed. Degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Married for 35 yrs., he and his wife Beth have three children; Joey (Pastor), Jayson (Addiction Counselor) and Alexa (Special Agent USAF). Jim’s interests include biking, fishing, golfing, hanging with his two grandsons and serving in Men’s Ministry at his Church.

Michael Josephson
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.

Josephson Exemplary Policing was created by Michael Josephson. Click here to learn more about Michael.


“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


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