Police Staff and Command Program

This exciting new program prepares law enforcement professionals to excel in their agency, providing a foundation for law enforcement at any level. Topics include leadership, ethics, interpersonal communications, as well as aspects of administering a police agency, grants, and media relations. 

The course was created through a collaboration among the Office of Executive and Professional Development, Department of Criminal Justice and WSU Police. Read the full story online.

Course List

  • Basics of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Leadership Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
  • The Grant Writing Process
  • Project Management
  • Basic Data Management Strategies
  • Basic Evaluation Research Principles
  • Research Proposal and Presentation
  • Administering the Police Agency
  • Human Resource Management
  • Budgeting
  • Police Ethics
  • Conflict Management
  • Media Relations
  • Critical Situation Management and Homeland Security

Course descriptions can be found here


Classes are held in Wayne County at various campus locations and run for one week (Monday through Friday) each month. The class schedule and weekly topics can be found here


The program is $3,000. 

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Program benefits

  1.  Improve your agency: Participants will conduct a well-researched project addressing a key issue affecting their agency.   Because this project is based in their real world of work, it will directly benefit the agency and can be implemented immediately.
  2. Build relationships: Participants will learn from experts in fields across the spectrum of law enforcement and develop a strong network from which to continue their personal development. Program activities will foster relationship-building among program participants and sharing of experiences from individual backgrounds. 

Who should attend?
This dynamic police management program is designed to prepare today's law enforcement for advancing careers in command positions. It is intended for mid- and upper-level supervisory personnel, as well as those needing refresher training to stay current.  This program is not appropriate for entry-level officers, deputies or troopers.

Participants should be able to:

  • Read, comprehend, and retain assigned materials.
  • Write a research paper.
  • Perform arithmetic operations, including basic algebra.
  • Manage their time and personal schedules to complete out-of-class reading and writing assignments.