2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin

Police Leadership Certificate

Description. The Certificate in Police Leadership is an interdisciplinary certificate that draws from several disciplines. Courses are offered by the Criminal Justice BS Program in the Department of Law and Police Science and Administration and the Anthropology Department. The certificate’s core offers instruction on issues pertinent to contemporary policing including police ethics, morale, decision‐making, leadership and community relations political influences, interactions with minority communities, all within the context of the history of policing and its various modalities. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of understanding and being sensitive to issues of accommodating diversity and the way future police leaders need to incorporate lessons learned into their daily encounters with the public.  The Certificate in Police Leadership is appropriate for students who wish to become public or private security professionals at local, state or federal levels. This is a stand‐alone certificate at the baccalaureate level. A student may pursue this certificate independent of a baccalaureate degree program or while pursuing a John Jay baccalaureate degree. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a New York State Education Department certificate.

Learning Outcomes. Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the problems that confront police leaders as they relate to morale, ethics, and racism.
  • Apply professional analysis and ethics to case studies.
  • Use professional analysis and ethics to design leadership plans for policing operations.

Credits required. 12

Program coordinator. Professor Maki Haberfeld, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (212.237.8381, mhaberfeld@jjay.cuny.edu); Professor Avram Bornstein, Office of Graduate Studies (212.237.8287, abornstein@jjay.cuny.edu)

Advisor. Elizabeth Bracey, Academic Advising Center (212.393.6006, ebracey@jjay.cuny.edu)

Please Note: This program is only open to uniformed Police Officers employed by the New York Police Department.

Required Courses

ANT 130Policing in a Multiracial and Multicultural City


PSC 135Supervisory Leadership for Police Services


PSC 321Police Ethics


LAW 313/POL 313The Law and Politics of Race Relations


Total Credit Hours: 12