NUCPS Management & Leadership Education courses offer preeminent leadership training for law enforcement professionals in either an on-ground or online setting. Students who successfully complete all three core management courses (Supervision of Police Personnel, School of Police Staff & Command, and the Executive Management Program) are eligible to apply for the NUCPS Executive Leadership Award.

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Supervision of Police Personnel

Tuition: see specific class  |  Prerequisites: None. 
University Credit (On-Ground): 1 unit of credit under the Northwestern University quarter system
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Whether online or on-ground, Supervision of Police Personnel (SPP) offers strong foundations for supervisory and managerial skills that will benefit new law enforcement supervisors throughout their careers. SPP is teaches first-line supervisors how to manage contemporary leadership challenges. The curriculum focuses on understanding human behavior and day-to-day work relationships with subordinates, superiors, and the public. Designed for officers with little or no formal supervisory training, SPP covers such critical topics as leadership and motivational principles, communication techniques, ethics and professionalism, diversity, planning, decision making, community skills, performance appraisals, employee discipline, and more. 

SPP On-Ground is a two-week course and is offered in different locations throughout the calendar year. 

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Course Curriculum includes:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Critical Incidents
  • Decision Making
  • DiSC® Personal Profile System
  • Discipline & Managing Problem Employees
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Key Elements of Dynamic Leadership
  • Motivational Principles
  • Officer Wellness
  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Procedural Justice
  • Supervising Diversity

SPP Online

SPP Online (SPPO) offers the same course objectives and covers the same topics as SPP On-Ground. However, due to the online environment, activities and assignments may vary from the on-ground course.  Students who successfully complete this course gain the same knowledge as their SPP On-Ground counterparts. SPPO is facilitated by the same instructors who teach SPP On-Ground.

Online Learning Type: Asynchronous. Note: Students must complete course assignments by set due dates. Regular contribution to weekly course discussions is also essential to successful course completion.  Click here to learn more about NUCPS Online Learning. 




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