Police Executive Law and Policy Certificate

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CertificatePolice Executive Law and Policy - Credits: 15 (program code: 0718)

Program Description

This post-baccalaureate Police Executive Law and Policy certificate program emphasizes a set of necessary skills for current or future executive level police leaders, specifically related to inter-connected issues of law and policy. Police executives must have a significant understanding of the legal, policy and human resources issues to lead agencies though the legal minefield that poses an ever-present threat of civil litigation. This certificate program provides students who anticipate a police career culminating with positions in upper-level executive leadership with an essential understanding of the risk management issues required to more effectively design organizational policy in a police organization.

The Police Executive Law and Policy certificate program is designed for students who are seeking an academic credential as preparation for executive level leadership in law enforcement agencies. This certificate program combines graduate courses from the M.S. in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice and Law and Public Policy concentrations.

Students can complete the five courses within one year.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Certificate: Police Executive Law and Policy 

Course Credits
LAW 605  Law and Police Process 3
LAW 607  Law and Criminal Conduct 3
LAW 701  Law and Administrative Agencies 3
LAW 704  Law, Business and the Workplace 3
PCJ 748  Criminal Justice Organization and Management 3
Total 15


Students in the certificate program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to a dedicated faculty member adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Faculty members work closely with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study and their careers.

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For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University),  Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Director, Institute for Law and Public Policy

Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, case law and public policy
Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/christina-toras.aspx 
: toras@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4761

Program Faculty

Kevin Govern, J.D. (Marquette University Law School), LL.M. (University of Notre Dame School of Law), LL.M. (The Judge General's School, U.S. Army), B.A. (Marquette University), Instructor

Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University),Ross Police Detective Division Supervisor, FBI JTTF, Assistant Professor

William Morgan, J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), (FBI National Academy), Command Training Program (New England Institute of Law Management, Babson College), Instructor

David Smith, J.D. (Dickinson School of Law, Penn State), M.A. (American Public University System), M.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S., A.S. (York College of Pennsylvania), Instructor

Michael Vennum, J.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (Penn State University), Instructor

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/