Law Enforcement Leadership Academy

Inaugural Supervisor School Starts November 4, 2013
**Registration Deadline: October 18**

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The University of Kansas Public Management Center (PMC) and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), a unit of KU Continuing Education, are pleased to announce the Kansas Law Enforcement Leadership Academy to support law enforcement agencies in Kansas with their professional education needs at the command and front-line supervisory levels.

The mission of LELA is to provide Kansas law enforcement agencies – at every level, location, and size – with top-flight leadership training, networking opportunities, and ongoing professional education.

The Kansas Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) is administered by the KU Public Management Center, which also is responsible for developing and presenting Academy curriculum. Instructors from the Kansas law enforcement community aid the PMC in tailoring curriculum to fit the needs of Kansas law enforcement agencies.

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center hosts LELA education programs at its facility near Hutchinson. Certificates offered through the Academy are jointly issued by the PMC and KLETC.

The Academy offers two education programs:
  1. The Command School began September 16.
  2. The Supervisor School will begin November 4. (Application Deadline: Oct. 18)

The Academy will also offer webinars. Webinar schedule.

About the Command School

This 200-hour program is geared toward current law enforcement commanders to prepare them for senior and executive-level roles. It launches September 16.

Benefits include:

  • Enhancement of leadership and management knowledge
  • Strengthening command-level performance with instructors and other participants who understand the Kansas law enforcement context
  • Small cohort size, limited to approximately 30 students


  • 25 days/ 200 hours (168 classroom & 32 other)
  • Initial one week segment at KLETC in September, 2013
  • Then 2 consecutive days per month for 8 subsequent months, ending in May. Class meeting days.


  • Tuition = $2,795
  • Lodging & meals through KLETC = $45 single occupancy / $30 for double

Topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Budgeting
  • Change management and strategic planning
  • Building relationships and teams
  • Coaching and performance
  • Professional communication
  • Ethics in law enforcement
  • Intelligence-led policing
  • Changing demographics
  • Community engagement
  • Legal and legislative issues
  • Critical incident considerations

Apply to the Command School (PDF)

About the Supervisor School - Leadership on the Front Line

This 40-hour program is geared toward frontline and newly promoted supervisors. The fall class will meet the week of November 4-8.

Benefits include:

  • Enhancement of practical supervisory and leadership skills
  • Provision of new strategies to manage personnel effectively
  • Curriculum based on PMC award winning supervisory training
  • Small cohort size, limited to approximately 30 students each session


  • One week / 40 classroom hours
  • Offered twice per year at KLETC (Spring & Fall)


  • Tuition = $995
  • Lodging & meals through KLETC = $45 single occupancy / $30 for double

Topics include:

  • Coaching and motivation
  • Delegation
  • Leadership styles/conflict management
  • Leading diverse teams
  • Proactive patrol
  • Effective intelligence sharing
  • Crime scene considerations
  • Changing demographics

Apply to the Supervisor School (PDF)

Which Education Program Would Be Best to Attend?

Each agency may determine the appropriate education program for their personnel; the following definitions should help match students with the appropriate education program. For more information about how the LELA programs fit with the other KUPMC educational programs.

  • Command level personnel generally function as managers and tend to have policy making authority and/or responsibility.
  • Supervisors often serve as the first layer of supervision within an organization and provide direction to frontline law enforcement personnel.
  • For more detail about the focus of each program and how that relates to selecting participants.
Curriculum Characteristics
  • Carefully Chosen – Curriculum topics are drawn from survey data gathered from Kansas law enforcement agencies as well as a comprehensive review of other national law enforcement leadership programs (NA, NU, SPI, etc.).
  • Competency Based – LELA programs focus on core leadership, management, and law enforcement competencies. Sound leadership principles and effective management skills apply equally to law enforcement agencies of all sizes. Most curriculum is similarly applicable.
  • Theory Meets Practice – LELA programs incorporate a blended learning approach where academic theory helps to inform independent critical thinking and practical application.
  • Learning from One Another – Curriculum is designed to encourage and support group dialogue and information sharing to build a network for excellence in Kansas law enforcement.

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