Public Safety Leadership

Want to know more? Join us online April 2nd at 6pm for a Virtual Information Session for Public Safety Leadership

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Leadership is one of the most important factors influencing the performance of any public safety unit, from the federal government to state and local organizations. The importance of leadership skills in the growing field of public safety is so significant that increasingly law enforcement and government agencies are seeking more continuing education and formal training in security and public safety issues. The Certificate in Public Safety Leadership program focuses on developing professional competencies critical to succeeding in a range of public safety organizations, including first responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS), emergency management, and the security industry. Designed to meet the needs of those who are interested in this growing field as well as professionals already working within these organizations, students in the program will develop vital career skills including leadership and motivational best practices, critical thinking, communication techniques, and professional ethics.

Over sixteen informative evening sessions, students in the program will develop an understanding of the wide array of challenges that public safety professionals face today—and how to negotiate them successfully. Program instructors are experienced local professionals, with long backgrounds in area public safety. Their hands-on approach focuses on instructional techniques that give students the opportunity to apply cutting-edge leadership and management theory to the practical problems faced in their own public safety units and workplace environments. Through a series of lectures, exercises, guest speakers, and class discussion, students will learn best practices for how to handle the most difficult of contemporary public safety challenges. Students will be able to return to their agencies and apply the knowledge and skills they have gained to better lead their units and to better serve the public.

Master Key Concepts

  • Sharpen the personal skills necessary to excel as dynamic public safety leaders and managers.
  • Develop mentoring strategies to better motivate within your organization.
  • Recognize and understand key issues associated with decision-making, communication and conflict resolution that impact public safety organizational behavior.
  • Learn contemporary leadership strategies and how they apply to today’s public safety organizations.
  • Think critically and creatively about the role of leading a public safety agency through increasingly complex and challenging environments.


Captain Dennis Thornton
Retired Commander-Homicide Division | Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dennis Thornton has over 41 years of law enforcement and leadership experience serving with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Throughout much of his career, he worked in the Homicide Division, investigating and supervising death investigations, and he is currently assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Center investigating cold case homicides. A graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Dennis also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University-New Orleans, an MA in Criminology from Indiana State University, and both an MSUS and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. In addition to his years of police experience and criminological background, he also has extensive experience in the area of leadership dynamics within the realm of public safety, leading several employees and units in various roles throughout his long law enforcement career.