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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Police Leadership and Management (CRJ 315)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

January 2023 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the distinctions between police leadership and police management and evaluate their respective implications in law enforcement; critically examine evolving roles of managers within the law enforcement context and assess the impact of these changes on organizational effectiveness; evaluate and compare the diverse types and styles of police leaders and managers, and determine the efficacy of each in various law enforcement scenarios; examine the influence of situational factors on managerial roles and activities, and assess their implications on decision-making processes in law enforcement; engage in advanced police leadership skill-building exercises, and reflect upon personal growth and development in leadership capabilities; evaluate factors that shape follower perceptions and assessments of leaders, and discuss the implications for effective police leadership; and expound on the multi-faceted nature of leadership as an individual, dyadic, group, or organizational process, and discern the implications for law enforcement management. 


This course provides students with knowledge of the theory and practice of effective leadership as it relates to law enforcement. Topics include distinguishing between management and leadership; personal traits, characteristics, and behaviors of effective leaders; and factors that influence interaction between various levels of police officers. Students assess their personal leadership skills and learn what differentiates criminal justice organizations from private and other public organizations.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Justice, Criminology, and Emergency Management (6/23).