Law Enforcement Leadership

Law enforcement is a challenging and ever-evolving profession that requires skilled leaders and trained professionals.  Experienced police executives developed the UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership certificate program; experienced police executives are teaching the curriculum.  We know first-hand how challenging it can be to juggle career and family, to work nights and rotating shifts, and to go to court.  This course allows students to complete the certificate program and earn up to 12 college credits towards a degree – regardless of schedule.

Throughout the program, students will interact with veteran instructors and other criminal justice professionals like themselves – Deputy Chiefs, sergeants, professional staff, prosecutors, intelligence analysts, probation and parole officers, court administrators, and more.

Students will learn real-world, practical applications that they can implement immediately in their own careers, in their organizations, and in their communities.  Courses cover the most critical issues in 21st century policing: community engagement strategies and tactics, law enforcement response to mental health and officer wellness, and crisis management leadership.

Start with a single course or complete the entire certificate to accelerate your professional skills and earn credit toward an college degree.

Online
Next Start: August 22nd, 2022
Cost: Undergraduate: $990 (course) | $3960 (certificate)
Graduate: $1314 (course) | $5256 (certificate)
Total Courses: 4 courses
Duration: 8 weeks per course
Networking: weekly collaboration
Prerequisites: None

Who It’s For:

Criminal justice professionals — or those looking to enter the field – who want to develop a competitive edge, hone leadership skills, become more effective change agents, prepare for success in testing processes or simply stay on top of the most current challenges facing policing in the 21st century.

What You Get:

  • Contemporary best practices that can be immediately implemented
  • Up to 12 transferrable college credits from an accredited university
  • Certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Networking with leading law enforcement trainers and practitioners, and other criminal justice professionals
  • The ability to complete coursework on your own schedule and meet your own individual goals — in a flexible, stimulating and challenging environment
  • Mentorship and new connections with a cohort of skilled law enforcement professionals



Why Study Law Enforcement Leadership?

Every law enforcement professional has the opportunity to be a leader.  The complexities of 21st century policing require honed skills and well-trained minds.  The Law Enforcement Leadership courses empower students to make the most of real-world experience, practical training and academic instruction – enabling them, their agencies, and their officers to better serve the community.

UJ Accelerated is the first and only criminal justice leadership program in the nation that creates a customized plan for each student – incorporating key elements of experience and ongoing training requirements – finally making earning a degree attainable:

  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): earn college credit for work experience, exam scores, military service, workplace training and professional certification (allows students to earn a degree more quickly and less expensively)
  • Consolidation of previous academic credits
  • Tuition reimbursement eligibility

Even if not required for entry-level police work, a college degree is either required or strongly recommended for advancement into the supervisory ranks by many departments.  Competitive hiring processes often award extra points to college graduates.  Some agencies even offer incentive pay for those with college degrees.

So, whether it’s always been a personal goal to get a degree, or you’re seeking a foundation to enter the profession, or you’re looking for career advancement or to earn more money for your family – we understand that you can’t learn everything behind closed doors of a police academy.  Finally, there is a resource that can help you achieve your leadership aspirations.

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of officers citing career advancement as the main reason for getting a degree

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of officers have some college credits but no degree

What You’ll Learn

The Law Enforcement Leadership certificate offers four courses on the top challenges facing law enforcement.  Graduates will gain skills and strategies to immediately implement in their organizations and communities.

Courses are offered a la carte. Complete all four courses to earn the certificate.

Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health & Officer Wellness

Learn best practices for developing and implementing crisis intervention strategies; de-escalation without force; and creating collaborative, integrated working relationships with mental health resources. Explore evolving tactics and approaches to first responder health and wellness from a universal perspective: mental, physical, spiritual and financial.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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This course discusses how law enforcement interacts with individuals experiencing mental illness-induced crises and best practices for providing effective service.  Available services and venues to assist mentally ill populations will be explored, as well as criminal justice applications and alternative paths for offenders.

Students will also learn about contemporary approaches to improving police employees’ health and wellness.

The course addresses the following ideas outlined in the 21st Century Policing Report recommendations:

  • Pillar One: Trust and Legitimacy
  • Pillar Two: Policy and Oversight
  • Pillar Five: Training and Education
  • Pillar Six: Officer Safety and Wellness

Additionally, this course addresses the following two (2) tenets of the four pillars of police leadership (Advance Team Leadership Training): Operational and Strategic.

Community Engagement in 21st Century Policing

Build a culture of collaboration and establish a dedicated community outreach program. Learn how to use technology and data to engage key stakeholders, leverage influencers, and maximize community engagement efforts.
Next start: June 27th, 2022

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This course discusses the importance of community engagement in policing and how to create an effective outreach effort to establish trust and a spirit of sincere, genuine collaboration with the public. The public safety mission relies on the legitimacy the police have with the community they serve. Legitimacy is created only through a trusting relationship and under the expectation that the police will act in the best interest of the community holistically.

The course explores best practices for building a culture of community collaboration; establishing a dedicated community outreach program that leverages technology to engage community stakeholders and identify and leverage influencers; and maximizing the effectiveness of outreach endeavors. An adaptable and scalable plan is presented regarding community engagement and trust building.

The course addresses the following ideas outlined in the 21st Century Policing Report recommendations:

  • Pillar One: Trust and Legitimacy
  • Pillar Two: Policy and Oversight
  • Pillar Three: Technology and Education
  • Pillar Four: Community Policing and Crime Reduction

Additionally, this course addresses the following two (2) tenets of the four pillars of police leadership (Advance Team Leadership Training): Strategic and Political.

Crisis Management Leadership in Policing

Achieve the mission of providing public safety and reducing crime through the development of solutions to modern challenges. Learn to build relationships ahead of crises, manage crisis as it occurs, create systems to mitigate crises, and establish communication methods to ensure continuity of operations after a crisis.
Next start: August 22nd, 2022

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This course identifies best practices for addressing and effectively managing crisis in contemporary policing. The complexity of societal and community relationships with the police and government presents challenge that 21st century law enforcement professionals must embrace. The course outlines strategies to foster and navigate sincere and genuine relationships – with the goal of creating a foundation for collaboration when crisis occurs. The course will explore effective responses to crisis through research, case study, critical thinking, and analysis. An adaptable, scalable plan will be presented and used as a general model for crisis management throughout the course.

 

The course addresses the following ideas outlined in the 21st Century Policing Report recommendations:

  • Pillar One: Trust and Legitimacy
  • Pillar Two: Policy and Oversight
  • Pillar Three: Technology and Education
  • Pillar Five: Training and Education

Additionally, this course addresses all tenets of the four pillars of police leadership (Advance Team Leadership Training): Organizational, Administrative, Strategic, and Political.

Critical Leadership Issues in Policing

The complexities of 21st century policing demand an elevated level of leadership, training, and community engagement. Discuss contemporary, critical issues facing law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system. Learn best practices for identifying trends and anticipating future challenges.
Next start: January 9th, 2023

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This course discusses contemporary critical issues facing law enforcement agencies and explores how to successfully navigate 21st century policing challenges. Law enforcement has undergone unprecedented change over the past decade. The course will identify change catalysts and discuss how police leaders can effectively and strategically evolve to best carry out their organizations’ missions.

The course addresses the following ideas outlined in the 21st Century Policing Report recommendations:

  • Pillar One: Trust and Legitimacy
  • Pillar Two: Policy and Oversight
  • Pillar Three: Technology and Education
  • Pillar Four: Community Policing and Crime Reduction
  • Pillar Five: Training and Education

Additionally, this course addresses all tenets of the Four Pillars of Police Leadership (Advance Team Leadership Training): Operational, Administrative, Strategic, and Political.

Our Instructors

Experienced police executives developed the program; experienced police executives teach the curriculum.

How the Course is Structured

Take One Course or All Four

Choose any course or take the whole series to complete the UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate and earn up to 12 college credits

Learn from the Instructors

Complete each 8-week course entirely online (24/7 access to our classrooms) in an engaging, compelling format led by instructors with facilitated group participation

Customize Your Academic Plan

One size does not fit all. Our academic counselors will help compile your individual components (Credit for Prior Learning [CPL], consolidation and transfer of existing college credit hours, tuition reimbursement and financing options) to lay out the best plan to get you to your goals

Tap into Career Support Services

You’ll have exclusive access to seasoned law enforcement professionals to discuss and prepare for career development

Why Choose UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate

Our certificate is unique because it provides:

Why Choose UJ Accelerated

Every UJ Accelerated course provides:

Course Components

Courses include four elements:

Asynchronous learning

learn on your own schedule over the course of eight weeks

Expert Lectures

meet as a cohort twice during the eight-week course. Attend live or watch the replay of the instructor-facilitated lecture

Course Work

weekly online assignments and discussion boards

Real-World Application

opportunity to directly elevate your organization to better serve your community

Group Collaboration

online community for networking and sharing best practices, experience

Access to Instructors

“online office hours” for feedback and guidance from instructors on course work, assignments, career planning, etc.

Upcoming Course Start Dates

June 27th, 2022 – Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health & Officer Wellness Apply Now →

June 27th, 2022 – Community Engagement in 21st Century Policing Apply Now →

August 22nd, 2022 – Crisis Management Leadership in Policing Apply Now →

January 9th, 2023 – Critical Leadership Issues in Policing Apply Now →

Tuition Options

Our tuition counselors will help you make the most of all of your options —
Financial Aid
Tuition Reimbursement
FOP grants
ND CEAL Loan – available to all US students

Accelerate Your Career.

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