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For over two decades, the Division of Public Safety Leadership has been preparing public safety professionals to make a difference in the organizations and communities they serve. The division's core purpose is to develop public safety leaders through teaching, scholarship and community outreach, and to address society’s critical public safety challenges by being the premier academic institution for public safety professionals and organizations.


  • Transform public organizations into high-performing, relevant, effective and efficient entities that are strategically focused on customer and stakeholder needs;
  • Inspire others to excellence;
  • Epitomize fidelity, competence and trust;
  • Employ the wisdom of history, quality scholarship, disciplined research and science when solving complex problems, formulating policy, developing programs and translating theory into practice;
  • Understand complex social issues and successfully navigate through political, social and technical problems and opportunities; and
  • Build meaningful, fruitful coalitions among varied disciplines around areas of mutual concern;
  • Deeply understand themselves, their impact on others and the relevance of their leadership to local communities, society and the world.

Student Outcomes 

  • Gain and apply leadership principles and skills necessary to incorporate community viability into the culture of their organization;
  • Acquire and apply technical and tactical proficiency toward assessing organizational, individual and community readiness in order to prevent and respond to public safety issues and develop strategies to enhance effectiveness;
  • Acquire, assess and make use of research, and apply it to leading public safety activities in prevention, crisis management, information sharing and resource allocation; 
  • Analyze and apply various ways to maneuver successfully within political, labor, fiscal and media environments to accomplish public safety objectives; and
  • Apply new and enhanced skills in making informed, timely decisions and ensuring that related tasks are understood, accomplished and assessed.