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Public Safety Leadership Academy for Law Enforcement

Safety, Service and Protection. The Public Safety Leadership Academy, a collaboration between the Glenn College and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, provides innovative, college-level training to senior law enforcement officers from around the state.

Program Highlights:

Eleven-week leadership experience in residence at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy.

Learn the skills necessary to manage any division within a law enforcement agency.
Demonstrate preparedness to take on additional leadership responsibilities.
Earn ten hours of graduate credit from The Ohio State University.
  • Officers who hold a minimum rank of lieutenant or equivalent, and have at least one year supervisory experience
  • Individuals in police departments, county sheriff’s offices, or State Highway Patrol
  • Graduates with at least a high school diploma or equivalent

The Academy is provided at no cost for participants and their sponsoring agencies.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety covers the cost of the program using casino tax revenue distributed to the Office of Criminal Justice Services for law enforcement training.



The course curriculum is designed for participants to develop and improve the skills necessary to manage and direct any division within a law enforcement agency.

Specialized Curriculum

Sessions cover contemporary policing, personal leadership styles, and leading others, with core courses in public budgeting, human resource management, strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation, organizational theory and culture, communications and social media.

Washington, D.C.

Students spend National Police Week in Washington, D.C., attending the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum law enforcement course and visiting historic sites.

Community Outreach

Students volunteer at a local community service organization, usually focused on youth, as part of a community outreach effort.


In 2011, the Ohio Department of Public Safety identified a need to support law enforcement officers who are promoted into managerial positions without necessarily having received the training required to succeed in their new role. Together with the Glenn College, an executive leadership program was launched to support emerging law enforcement leaders. The program's goal was to help officers develop and improve the skills necessary to manage and direct any division within a law enforcement agency. The resulting Public Safety Leadership Academy began admitting students in 2013.

Today more than ever our state and communities need leaders who can overcome obstacles. The Public Safety Leadership Academy continues to grow and develop leaders to meet the challenges of modern policing and keep Ohioans safe.

Tom Stickrath
Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety