Senior Police Leadership, Postgraduate Certificate | Trent University | Oshawa, Canada
12 months
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Senior Police Leadership at Trent University is a unique professional program for practicing police leaders, both sworn and civilian, at the sergeant level or above.

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Successful leaders in the highest ranks of today’s police services require a unique set of skills: strategic vision and planning, political prowess, team building and motivation, media expertise, budgeting, and an understanding of complex community needs. These types of skills and training cannot be attained through career assignments alone – today’s police leaders need a new senior police leadership curriculum.

Key facts:

Unlike other leadership programs, Senior Police Leadership at Trent University  is designed specifically to train and provide police leaders with the wide range of competencies needed to excel within senior positions in the policing environment. Graduates of the program will possess an understanding of the complex accountability, legal, and governance frameworks of police services and police services boards. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


3 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

To be eligible for this program, candidates must satisfy one of the following:

  • An active police officer with the rank of sergeant, or who has been successful in the promotion process and is awaiting promotion (a member of a lower rank may apply but must provide evidence of progressive leadership responsibility);

  • An active civilian supervisor of a police service;

  • An active member of the executive or a supervisory staff member of a police association (a supervisory staff member must be endorsed in writing by a representative of the executive of the police association); or

  • A member of a police services board or supervisory staff member on the staff of a police services board.

Living costs for Oshawa

1100 - 1700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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