On May 22, 2023, the University of Chicago Policing Leadership Academy (PLA) welcomed its first cohort of police leaders from police departments from across America. The leaders began a six-month education program on data-driven management, violence reduction, and community trust. The newly launched Policing Leadership Academy is part of the University of Chicago’s Community Safety Leadership Academies.
These leaders are currently tasked with managing America’s highest violence police districts every day. Collectively, they serve cities comprising over 20% of homicides in America. Research by the University of Chicago Crime Lab shows that changes in police department management can drive reductions in both violent crime rates and police use of force.
That’s why the PLA curriculum will focus on providing emerging leaders with hands-on education in data-driven management, violence reduction, and community trust. If we want to reduce gun violence and increase safety, police management and leadership is the key.
Made possible by a $25 million seed donation from Citadel Founder and CEO Ken Griffin and a $2.5 million donation from CEO of GCM Grosvenor Michael Sacks, the CSLA seeks to improve the efficacy and impact of policing and CVI, both essential to public safety.