Certificate in Ethical Policing

As a future criminal justice professional, or someone who is interested in the criminal justice system, do you want to make a positive difference in your organization and the communities you serve? This three-credit certificate will help you enhance your communication and stress management skills; increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence; develop the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas and implicit biases; and build skills in ethically grounded organizational culture and leadership within law enforcement. The 3 one-credit certificate courses are taught by Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander.

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Identify accountability measures that support the development of ethical practices and competencies in all levels of law enforcement.
  • Recognize dynamics of organizational cultures, understand how they got to be that way, and identify strategies for change.
  • Understand the concept of implicit bias and demonstrate the ability to regulate it within the context of law enforcement.
  • Recognize the role of communication in police-community interactions and practice and apply effective communication techniques.
  • Understand officer misconduct and use-of-force and the implications for law enforcement and society.
  • Develop leadership strategies that support positive outcomes for the department and the community. 

Certificate Requirements:

Students are required to complete all three courses listed below to receive their Certificate in Ethical Policing. To successfully complete this certificate for credit, students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each certificate course.

Required Courses:

  • CJUS 325 (901): Foundations of Ethical Policing, Th 5:30-8:20pm (1/23/21-2/20/21)
    This is the first in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on understanding ethics in the context of law enforcement; using the Law Enforcement Personal Profile © to gain self-awareness into personality styles and how that can impact officer interactions; and understanding implicit bias, including one's own biases and the implications for the profession.
  • CJUS 326 (902): Issues in Ethical Policing, Th 5:30-8:20pm (2/27/21 – 4/2/21)
    This is the second in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on communication skills such as de-escalation, positive engagement, and managing power in effective communication; trauma-informed policing, resilience and stress management among officers; and exploring officer misconduct, use-of-force, and common ethical dilemmas. 
  • CJUS 327 (903): Leadership in Ethical Policing, Th 5:30-8:20pm (4/9/21-5/7/21)
    This is the final course in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on supervision and leadership and creating a healthy organizational culture of support, respect and accountability within law enforcement. 

Contact Information:

For more information on this certificate, please call 715-394-8469 or email conted@uwsuper.edu.