Who Should Attend LELA?

Who should attend each Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) program? And how does LELA fit with the other programs offered by the KU Public Management Center?

Law enforcement agencies across Kansas have long used educational programs through the KUPMC for staff development. The LELA programs can be seen as complementing rather than replacing the other PMC programs. The descriptions below offer a view of how the PMC programs fit together and may be helpful in determining which is right for a particular member of an agency's sworn personnel. Additional FAQs.

LELA Command SchoolThe Command School is targeted to command staff in law enforcement, especially those who participate in leading the organization with a role in policy development and implementation. In general, we expect that Command School participants will be in positions to influence decisions in the organization. The content provided on leadership and management skills and law-enforcement topics is designed to offer ideas and tools that will be of benefit to the participants and also to their agencies as participants lead conversations in how to consider use of the ideas and tools for their organizations more broadly. In some agencies the Command School may support succession planning, preparing command staff to compete for positions at the highest ranks. The program is 300-contact hours on a calendar-year basis, and participants come from law enforcement agencies across Kansas. Command School graduates also earn the CPM national credential.

LELA Supervisor School is a one-week course designed for front-line supervisors to train them to supervise and provide direction to staff in the law enforcement context. The curriculum is based on the PMC’s award-winning supervisory leadership training program, with adapted and added content targeted toward the unique aspects of supervising law enforcement staff and the ways the individual’s role changes with promotion into supervisory responsibilities. Participants will walk away with a much expanded toolbox of practical ideas and the knowledge that will help them to be successful in their roles as supervisors. It is a 40-hour course, offered two times per year.

Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) is a nationally-accredited program and certification for managers working in public sector organizations. CPM participants develop and strengthen their management skills through a competency-based curriculum, learning to effectively lead staff and manage projects and programs. The program can be a bridge for staff with significant technical expertise to further their knowledge of current management practices. Participants come from a range of public service oriented agencies, including all levels of government, nonprofits, and universities. While some organizations send executive staff, in general CPM participants are mid-level managers and directors, seeking to strengthen their skills in managing themselves, their work, their staff, and their departments. CPM offers participants an opportunity to engage with those from a variety of organizations and roles as they work to enhance their management skills. CPM is a 300-contact hour program offered on a calendar-year basis.

Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is a program targeted to promising, non-managerial staff in public service organizations. Classes are designed to help participants prepare for positions of increasing responsibility while also improving their effectiveness in their current roles. While the majority of ELA participants don’t yet hold managerial or supervisory roles, law enforcement agencies often send front-line supervisors--most commonly sergeants or lieutenants, though we also have some corporals, lieutenants, and detectives. In general ELA offers an opportunity for those who are still close to the work that drew them into law enforcement to determine whether they seek a path that will move them into the higher ranks of administration or whether they are likely to find the most satisfaction and perform their best by staying closer to the street. The program is an opportunity for public agencies to recognize and encourage those individuals who have the potential to offer leadership at a variety of levels in their organizations in the coming years. ELA is a 96-contact hour program, with participants meeting ten times over four to five months in a spring or fall session.


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