UMUC-BPD Education Alliance

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

Program Benefits

For BPD and the Community

  • Experience the flexibility of online learning
  • Engage in participatory group work
  • Tackle real-life department challenges
  • Present your recommendations to BPD leadership
  • Watch as your recommendations are integrated into day-to-day operations

For Individual Participants

  • Earn opportunities to advance in the field
  • Discover and develop leadership skills
  • Apply 16 credits towards an undergraduate degree1


In 2007, Frederick H. Bealefeld, who was commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, 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.

1 See Apply Credits Towards a Degree for more details.