SPSC Curriculum

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive program intended for mid- and upper-level supervisory personnel. Participating students should have at least two years of supervisory experience.

Through an innovative combination of academic principles with practical applications, the SPSC curriculum focuses on areas critical to successful senior law enforcement leadership and management. In addition to lectures, we have designed this program so class members also have an opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences.  

Participants should be prepared to complete university course work. This means that they are able to:

  • Write an annotated research paper. All students are required to write an objective, well-documented staff study that addresses a problem or issue currently affecting their organizations.
  • Perform arithmetic operations and understand elementary algebraic notation
  • Read, comprehend, and retain assigned materials based on textbooks, professional journals, trade magazines, and other sources
  • Schedule time to complete out-of-class reading and writing assignments

Students who enroll in our 10-week on-ground course should be released from their regular job responsibilities to ensure that they have sufficient time to attend class and complete homework assignments. 

Whether you enroll in our on-ground or online program, the SPSC curriculum remains the same and covers the following areas:

  • Budgeting
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Employee Relations
  • Evaluating Products & Services
  • Executive Image
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership & Management
  • Media Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Planning & Policies
  • Project Management
  • Resource Allocation
  • Statistics
  • Traffic


Choose On-Ground or Online

Prospective students can select an on-ground or online experience. The curriculum is the same no matter which format a student chooses.



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