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Public Safety Leadership Academy for Law Enforcement

Safety, Service, and Protection.

The Public Safety Leadership Academy is a collaboration between the Glenn College and the Ohio Department of Public Safety to provide innovative, college-level training to senior law enforcement officers from around the state. Academy graduates learn the skills necessary to manage any division within a law enforcement agency.

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Program overview

Program designed for:
  • 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
Program highlights:
  • 11-week leadership experience in residence at the Ohio State 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

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 includes leadership and ethics, interpersonal and organization communication, public management, organizational culture and ethics, human resources management, budgeting, and organizational behavior in law enforcement.

Students attend enrichment events and executive level development seminars led by speakers from the government and private sector. Topics include overcoming the unique mental stressors of possible violence and best practices for managers who deal with employees struggling with addiction issues.

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

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

The Ohio Department of Public Safety approached the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in 2011 about creating an executive leadership program for law enforcement officers. John Born, the Director of the ODPS at the time, 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. He reached out to Trevor Brown, the Dean of the Glenn College, and together they assembled teams to create a program for emerging law enforcement leaders to 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





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For more information

Contact the Glenn College professional development team




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