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!

  • Alameda County Chiefs Association Retreat, Bodega Bay, CA – January 16-17, 2024.
  • 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
  • Hendry County Sheriff’s Department, Labelle, FL – March 4, 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
  • Oregon Association of Police Chiefs Annual Conference, Pendleton, OR – April 16-19, 2024
  • Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown, SC – April 30, 2024
  • Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute,  Mahwah, NJ – May 8, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – May 13-15, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – May 22-24, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – May 27-29, 2024
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, CA – June 4, 2024
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, CA – June 6, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – June 10-12, 2024
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, CA – June 13, 2024
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, CA – June 18, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – June 19-21, 2024
  • Anaheim Police Dept, Anaheim, CA – June 24-25, 2024
  • Missouri Sheriffs Association Conference, Osage Beach, MO – August 12-14, 2024
  • Allegheny County Police Academy, Alison Park, PA – August 19, 2024
  • Dayton Police Dept. Dayton, OH – August 21-22, 2024
  • International Association of Women Police Conference, Chicago, Ill – September 1-5, 2024
  • Passaic County Police Academy, Wayne, NJ – September 24, 2024
  • Monmouth County Police Academy,  Freehold, NJ – October 2, 2024
  • Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association Annual Conference, NV – October 16, 2024

Please contact Director Jim Dugan at or 949-290-4033 for more information or to schedule a course.

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



"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.”

Exemplary Policing Resources

About the Presenters

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. Tragically, Jim’s highly decorated career ended in 1997 when he was indicted on several criminal charges stemming from ethical compromise during a major narcotic investigation.

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.

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.