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 liability of ethical compromise from the legal and public support point of view. 
  • The critical nature of ethical behavior as a “risk management” strategy. 
  • The Six Pillars of Character – applying them within your agency. 

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.

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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