Course Description

Credit Validation Only

The Law Enforcement Command College is an 14-month program designed to prepare law enforcement leaders of today for the challenges of the future. The program focuses on:

  • Leadership principles needed to influence the future direction of the organization
  • Strategies to identify emerging issues and provide a proactive response
  • Skills and knowledge necessary to anticipate and prepare for the future
  • Methods and benefits of sharing information
  • Use of stakeholders in problem solving

The primary goal of the Command College is to provide an enhanced leadership course with a futures perspective to prepare the law enforcement leaders of today to lead into the future. The program has an emphasis on adult learning theories, placing accountability and responsibility on the student.

Involvement in community and professional activities, an understanding of the dynamics of leadership, an understanding of issues and concerns facing the future of California law enforcement, letters of reference attesting to the applicant's leadership abilities, and knowledge of computers at the word processing level are minimum requirements for participation in the Command College.

Participants in the program must be nominated by their agency chief executive and will be selected by an interview panel of law enforcement leaders, which include Chief Executives and Command College graduates from throughout California.

For More Information: Visit the POST Command College Program for registration and program requirements.

Learner Outcomes

  • Promote ethical and effective leadership for law enforcement and public safety organizations by nurturing a series of leadership skills that represent the most current best practices for encouraging integrity and creating a culture of ethical awareness within law enforcement institutions
  • Develop law enforcement and public safety knowledge and skills for the 21st Century by cultivating the analytical skills, critical thinking strategies, communication abilities, legal awareness, and financial and budgetary competencies essential for effective management in law enforcement and criminal justice
  • Engage in law enforcement and public safety institutional assessment and change by learning and practicing the research methodologies and statistical tools for ethical, efficient and effective institutional assessment that will shape and refine our criminal justice system
  • Gain critical understanding of modern criminology and criminal justice issues including street gangs, white-collar crime, transnational drug trafficking organizations, recidivism, and law enforcement ethics to crime mapping technology

Course Details

Number of Units: 12.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours (For students enrolling in USD's MS-LEPSL program in Spring 2019 and onward, the ability to transfer these 12 units is pending WSCUC approval.)

Who Should Attend: Students in the Law Enforcement Command Certificate who have completed their POST Command College coursework and are seeking graduate-level grade validation.


  • Receive a written nomination by your agency chief executive to attend the program
  • Receive a written recommendation from a leader in your community who can provide first-hand knowledge of your leadership skills
  • Be interviewed by a panel of Command College graduates and receive their recommendation to attend the program
  • Commit to remain in law enforcement for a minimum of three years after completion of the Command College program

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series


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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
BUS CV - $900 credit (12 units) $900.00
Section Fees
Available for Extension Credit
12 units
Section Notes


Course Format: 14 month program

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