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Senior Police Leadership - Postgraduate Certificate

A unique professional program for practicing police leaders, both sworn and civilian, at the sergeant level or above, offered exclusively at Trent University Durham GTA

The new Postgraduate Certificate in Senior Police Leadership is a purposefully designed education program that fills in the knowledge gaps needed of current and future police leaders. This unique program is designed to provide police leaders with the specific skills, knowledge, and assets they need to provide effective leadership within today’s complex police services. Taught by teaching teams of academics and serving or retired senior police leaders, this program brings together uniformed and civilian members to create and learn best practices from an effective, unified policing team.

Earn your certificate in less than 12 Months & on your schedule

This new certificate is attained through the completion of six 4.5-day-long course blocks. All courses are delivered at the Trent Durham GTA campus, conveniently located in the Greater Toronto Area. The full postgraduate certificate can be completed in under 12 months, staring as early as September 2019 (view the full course schedule). The flexibility of the program also allows learners to complete course blocks on their own schedule and choose from a variety of dates that are most convenient.

How To Apply

Use our online application form to apply.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must be an active member of a police service with a rank of sergeant or above. A letter of support from your senior officer is also required. This program is also open to executive members of any police association. The member only needs to be endorsed in writing by the executive board of the police association. Students are not eligible to use any transfer credits towards this certificate from any previously completed post-secondary courses.

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate


  • Durham GTA

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Resume Boosters:

  • Graduate with an understanding of the complex accountability, legal, and governance frameworks of police services and police services boards – skills and knowledge that cannot be attained through career assignments alone
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Police Chief
  • Commissioner
  • Command Officer
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Civilian Senior Management

Popular Courses:

  • Foundations Course: Leadership Roles, Efficacy, and Identity (required)
  • Leadership Skills for Senior Police Leaders (required)
  • Principles of Decision-making (required)
  • Governance and Civilian Oversight (required)
  • Policing Operations (required)
  • Human Resources for Senior Police Leaders (required)
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Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

  • Must be an active member of a police service with a rank of sergeant or above. Letter of support from your senior officer also required. Transfer credits not eligible for this certificate.
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