Frank Zerunyan, J.D., Professor of the Practice of Governance and Director of Executive Education

Public safety in the 21st century requires a holistic approach. Effective leadership and collaboration between public safety disciplines is essential to meet the complex challenges facing society today.

The Public Safety Leadership Certificate Program provides students with a solutions-centered approach to public safety by adopting a multidisciplinary and “whole-of-community” methodology.

The PSLP course is divided into four modules:

  • Leadership – Collaborative leadership, negotiation, ethics, conflict resolution, decision making, metrics, working with Millennials, implicit bias and crisis communication.
  • Global Threats – Terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, gangs, human trafficking, drug cartels, intelligence and hate crimes.
  • Technology – Cybersecurity and open-source intelligence, social media, cyber-crime, drones.
  • Community Engagement – Faith-based communities, mental health, homelessness, civil rights/liberties, special populations and outreach strategies.

Martin Figueroa
Testimonial: “In law enforcement today, good leaders require innovative, creative and cutting-edge solutions to solve complex problems. The course of study in the PSLP provided me with the academic foundation, tools and resources to take on these challenges. Upon completing this program, I was able to present new approaches and methodologies to my officers that reduced recidivism, improved community engagement and helped to reduce crime.” — Martin Figueroa, Parole Agent Supervisor, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Testimonial: “The PSLP gave me deeper insight and discussions on implicit bias, racism, community relations, vulnerable populations and police misconduct. The experience has strongly driven me to do more charitable work with Asian-American NPOs, and it also reminded me of the reason I first became interested in law enforcement, to influence positive change within the field.” — Sgt. Jason Chao, El Monte Police Department

Fall 2022 Schedule

The 2022 course is being offered online only.

Class time: 8 AM – 12 PM

Class dates: Every Friday from August 19 – December 9. (No class on holiday weekends 9/2 and 11/25)


Admission Requirements

SCI invites applications from students with public safety backgrounds, including law enforcement, fire, EMS, health, social work, and education, as well as from local, state, and federal agencies. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Applying to this program requires completion of an online application. The program fee is $4,000 per student, which covers tuition and materials.

The deadline to apply is August 12, 2022. 

Apply Now Questions? email sci@price.usc.edu call (213) 740-2928

Officer Spotlight - Sergeant Arlen Castillo is an 18-year veteran of the El Monte Police Department. Currently assigned to the patrol division, she is also a member of the Public Information Officer team and is dedicated to building connections between the community and law enforcement. Read more.

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