Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We have attempted to anticipate and answer questions here about the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us at kupmc@ku.edu.

What is LELA?

LELA stands for Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. The mission of LELA is to provide high quality leadership development, strengthen partnerships, and promote professionalism throughout the law enforcement community in Kansas.

LELA was developed jointly by the KU Public Management Center (PMC) and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). In December 2012, the KLETC and the PMC hosted a gathering of 25 law enforcement executives from local and state agencies throughout the State of Kansas. The meeting was held in response to a growing interest in developing an advanced leadership and management education program exclusively for law enforcement agencies (local, county, state, federal, and tribal) working in Kansas.

The meeting concluded with a request for the PMC to develop a proposal for a law enforcement leadership and management education program. A steering committee, comprised of law enforcement executives, was named to provide assistance and feedback during the concept development process. The process included extensive research of existing programs throughout the nation, meetings with relevant subject matter experts, and a survey of Kansas law enforcement executives. These efforts culminated in the launch of the LELA Command School in September of 2013 for commanders and the LELA Supervisor School in November 2013 for front-line supervisors.

The PMC and KLETC are committed to preserve the high quality of LELA programs by utilizing subject matter experts as instructors, fostering strong relationships among participants, and evaluating program effectiveness through course evaluations, curriculum review, and ongoing feedback from the law enforcement community.

What are the program benefits of the Command School?

The benefits for the Command School include:

  • Enhancement of leadership and management knowledge
  • Preparation of commanders for senior and executive-level responsibilities
  • Strengthening command-level performance with instructors and other participants who understand the Kansas law enforcement context
  • Small cohort size, limited to approximately 30 students

Example PDF of the topics and dates from 2013's Command School. (PDF)

What are the program benefits of the Supervisor School?

The benefits for the Supervisor School include:

  • Enhancement of practical supervisory and leadership skills
  • Provision of new strategies to manage personnel effectively
  • Curriculum based on the PMC's award winning supervisory training
  • Small cohort size, limited to approximately 30 students each session

Who can register for LELA, and are there any prerequisites?

LELA is open to sworn officers. Unsworn personnel working in law enforcement can explore other PMC programs.

There are no prerequisites, though rank and level of authority should be a consideration for agencies as they determine who to send to each program. See the next question.

Which LELA program is best for my sworn personnel - Command School or Supervisor School?

Each agency may determine the appropriate education program for their personnel. The following definitions, together with the more extensive descriptions available here, should help match students with the appropriate education program.

  • Command level personnel generally function as managers and tend to have policy making authority and/or responsibility.
  • Supervisors often serve as the first layer of supervision within an organization and provide direction to frontline law enforcement personnel.

How do the LELA programs fit with the other Public Management Center programs?

The LELA programs are intended to complement rather than replace the other PMC programs. This page offers program descriptions that should clarify how LELA fits with PMC programs such as the Kansas Certified Public Manager® program and Emerging Leaders Academy.

What are the curriculum characteristics?

  • Carefully Chosen – Curriculum topics are drawn from survey data gathered from Kansas law enforcement agencies as well as a comprehensive review of other national law enforcement leadership programs (NA, NU, SPI, etc.).
  • Competency Based – LELA programs focus on core leadership, management, and law enforcement competencies. Sound leadership principles and effective management skills apply equally to law enforcement agencies of all sizes. Most curriculum is similarly applicable.
  • Theory Meets Practice – LELA programs incorporate a blended learning approach where academic theory helps to inform independent critical thinking and practical application.
  • Learning from One Another – Curriculum is designed to encourage and support group dialogue and information sharing to build a network for excellence in Kansas law enforcement.

What accommodations do you make for people with disabilities?

Please call 785-864-6864 to discuss your needs at least two weeks before the start of the program if possible.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

What if I have to cancel my registration?

We understand that sometimes life works out differently than you planned. Please refer to our cancellation and refund policy.

How much does it cost to participate in the LELA Command School?

  • Tuition = $2,795
  • Lodging & meals through KLETC = $45 single occupancy / $30 for double per night

How much does it cost to take the LELA Supervisor School?

  • Tuition = $995
  • Lodging & meals through KLETC = $45 single occupancy / $30 for double per night

Who pays for the program?

Generally speaking, sponsoring agencies pay tuition costs for participating students. However, individuals are certainly welcome to pay their own way. Should your organization have special requests regarding pay arrangements (e.g. spreading payments over time, shifting to the beginning of your fiscal year) please contact us at kupmcreg@ku.edu. During this first year, the LELA leadership committee will be exploring the possibility of an endowment to help fund tuition for agencies with severe budgetary constraints.

When is the deadline to register?

The deadline is Tuesday, August 26 for the LELA Command School that will begin on Monday, September 18, 2014. Please contact kupmcreg@ku.edu with any registration questions. PDF registration form. (PDF)

The deadline is Friday, October 17 for the LELA Supervisor School that will begin on Monday, November 17, 2014. Please contact kupmcreg@ku.edu with any registration questions. PDF registration form (PDF).

I've been told I'm on the waitlist. What does that mean?

To ensure that all sizes of agencies have a chance to enroll, larger agencies will be initially capped at four participants with any additional registrants going to a waitlist. Once the registration deadline passed, we will contact anyone on the waitlist to tell them the status of their registration.

Can LELA be used for academic credit?

The PMC is working on this possibility, so please stay tuned. Meanwhile, please contact the Assistant Director, Noel Rasor (noel@ku.edu), with any questions.

Can LELA be used to satisfy the state training requirement?

With agency administrator or appointing authority approval, the law enforcement-related training or continuing education hours received from this course may be applied toward the annual continuing education requirement for full-time Kansas law enforcement officers as mandated by K.S.A 74-5607a(b). Reporting of the continuing education hours received will be the responsibility of the attendee and his/her agency head or appointing authority.

How long is the LELA Command School?

The format of the Command School is:

  • Five weeks / 200 hours (168 classroom & 32 other)
  • Initial one week segment at KLETC in September
  • Then 2 consecutive days per month for 8 subsequent months

How long is the LELA Supervisor School?

The format of the Supervisor School is:

  • One week / 40 classroom hours
  • Offered twice per year at KLETC (Spring & Fall)

Where are classes held?

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center will host the LELA education programs at the KLETC facility near Hutchinson». In future years, we hope to have sessions across the state.

What lodging is available?

The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center will provide lodging at the KLETC facility in Hutchinson». Please contact the KLETC Continuing Education Registrar at coned@kletc.org. If you are headed to a training and have questions or need assistance regarding directions or lodging, please contact the KLETC security office at 620-694-1493 or 620-200-4220.

What happens if I miss a class?

We are mindful of the pressures and demands upon our students. Students may miss up to two days of the Command School without consequence. Additional absences will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

I heard that there are LELA webinars. Where can I learn more??

You heard correctly. You can find out what is scheduled on our webinar web page.


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