Baltimore City Police Department Partners with UMUC in New Leadership Development Program for Officers

Criminal Justice Leadership certificate program is tailored to address challenges and needs facing officers serving in Baltimore


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   March 24, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (Mar. 24, 2008) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today announced a partnership with the Baltimore City Police Department to provide a 28-week course in leadership development, with unique criminal justice elements, tailored to meet the unique challenges and needs facing the department. Twenty-five officers—ranging from sergeants to deputy majors—will participate in the first installment of the program, which begins March 31.

"UMUC is thrilled to partner with the Baltimore City Police Department to help further the education of its officers and to help address the challenges they face on duty,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "We are excited to see this program come to fruition and hope to create similar programs with other law enforcement departments nationwide.”

A kickoff and orientation today brought together President Aldridge and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, III and the twenty-five inaugural program participants at UMUC’s Dorsey Station location in Elkridge, Maryland, where on-site classes will be held. Bealefeld approached UMUC about creating a leadership development program tailored to elevate the skills of officers and offer them new strategies for fighting crime proactively.

"As Commissioner of the Baltimore City Police Department, I am committed to improving the leadership skills of our officers as part of our effort to reduce crime in Baltimore. UMUC was the obvious choice because of its exceptional criminal justice program,” said Commissioner Bealefeld. “I am excited about the prospects of this program and hope to create an ongoing partnership with UMUC to provide significant educational benefits to our officers.”

"Strong partnerships are critical to improving public safety and our police department,” said Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. “I am excited to see the Baltimore City Police Department and UMUC working together to give police officers an opportunity to sharpen their leadership and law enforcement skills. This program will benefit our officers and our city.”

Students enrolled in the program will take four seven-week, four-credit courses—taught by experts in the field—and will earn a certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership. The credits they earn can later be applied toward an undergraduate degree. The courses include “Leadership and Time Management,” "Organizational Problem Solving,” “Strategic Planning for Managers” and “Management Efficiency and Effectiveness.”

UMUC is currently in talks with several other metropolitan police departments interested in developing similar leadership programs tailored for their cities.