The Law Enforcement Advanced Development (LEAD) Certificate Program is a joint program developed by the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the Price School of Public Policy. The LEAD program is a six-month program using online and classroom courses to advance the skills and knowledge of sworn law enforcement personnel up to the rank of lieutenant. The program:

  • Offers different perspectives on how to engage members of the community and facilitate the building of community trust.
  • Introduces strategies for understanding and managing behavior of individuals whose characteristics often incite use of force.
  • Offers methods for reducing the need to intervene repeatedly with families involved in domestic violence.
  • Identifies the effects of PTSD, schizophrenia and other behavior disorders and suggest approaches for management.
  • Surveys current understanding of adolescent psychology and development to strengthen officers’ effectiveness in working this group.
  • Provides advanced techniques for understanding and combating human trafficking.
  • Improves confidence in the use of personal and professional skills to maintain safety and manage difficult encounters.
  • Provides practice in communication skills with the public and facilitates partnerships with communities.

In addition to coursework, officers complete a capstone project focused on addressing a pressing issue in his/her community.

Admission Requirements

USC invites applications from sworn law enforcement personnel up to the rank of lieutenant. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility.


The next LEAD cohort is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020, and applications are not yet being accepted. Please check back for updated information.

Questions? email call (213) 740-2928