UMUC–BPD Education Alliance

Welcome, Baltimore Police Department students! University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and Baltimore Police Department (BPD) education alliance provides BPD police officers with a Criminal Justice program that focuses on the critical leadership competencies—strategic thinking, effective communications and teamwork—required in today's increasingly volatile and challenging enforcement environment.

Program Benefits 

For BPD and the Community

Since its inception in 2008, the Criminal Justice Leadership Development program has become a national model for law enforcement leadership training. Each year, a cohort of about 25 mid- and senior-level officers within the Baltimore Police department participate in the year-long program, which combines traditional classroom instruction with the flexibility of online learning and the dynamics of participatory group work. Over the course of the program, students work on real-life department challenges and then present their recommendations to BPD leadership. Many of these case study recommendations are subsequently integrated into the day-to-day operations of the department, and they have become an important problem-solving component of BPD's ability to protect its citizens. Hear how one program participant applied what he learned at UMUC to improve efficiency as a Baltimore police lieutenant.

For Individual Participants

The program offers participants the opportunity to advance their careers by discovering and developing their leadership skills. Graduates of the program may also use the 16 credits they have earned toward an undergraduate degree at UMUC. Please see Apply Credits Toward a Degree for more information.


In 2007, Frederick H. Bealefeld, who was commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department at that time, and Dr. William Sondervan, then-academic director of Criminal Justice at UMUC and former commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction, discussed developing a leadership program specifically for BPD. The program would be designed to improve the quality and bench strength of the department's leadership pipeline and to increase the engagement, teamwork and retention of employees. The desired outcome was, and is, to improve public safety by increasing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of BPD. Enhancing the credentials and leadership experience of BPD officers supports the traditional "promote from within" philosophy of the department and sets BPD apart as a leader among its peers.