Event UChicago Crime Lab October 27, 2023

Policing Leadership Academy (PLA) Graduation of Inaugural Cohort

The Crime Lab hosted the graduation of the inaugural cohort of the PLA, the only police management and leadership training program in the country specifically designed to increase safety and fairness in America’s most violent neighborhoods.

The PLA is the only police management and leadership training program in the country specifically designed to increase safety and fairness in America’s most violent neighborhoods. As cities continue to grapple with high rates of gun violence, this academy focused on helping leaders address this intractable challenge. The graduation of the first cohort of students means that rising police leaders will now implement learnings in their communities, which represent 20% of homicides in America.

The inaugural cohort included 25 rising police leaders from 24 cities nationwide and the United Kingdom. They graduate having completed a hands-on and interactive six-month curriculum. They will now work on a community capstone project to take the lessons they’ve learned and implement them toward a real issue in their home districts.

At the graduation ceremony, the Crime Lab and PLA teams were joined by law enforcement and executive leadership experts, including Larry Snelling, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department; Keechant Sewell, former Commissioner of the New York Police Department; and Charlie Beck, former Police Commissioner of the Los Angeles Police Department and former Interim Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. We were also joined by police chiefs from across the country who made it possible for the PLA participants to take the time to participate in the Academy.

Read the press release about the event here.

Read our email announcement about the event here.

Read a Chicago Sun-Times piece about the event here.

See additional photos from from the event and a video of the speakers below.

Watch the video

PLA Graduation Speeches 10/27/23

University of Chicago Trustee and Former CEO of Aramark Joseph Neubauer gives remarks. Photos by Jason Smith.

 

Keechant L. Sewell, Former New York City Police Commissioner, gives remarks.
PLA graduate Captain Stephanie Drescher of the City of Madison, Wisconsin police department shares about her experience.
At the graduation ceremony for the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s first cohort from the Policing Leadership Academy.
Crime Lab faculty director Dr. Jens Ludwig speaks to graduates.
Chicago Police Department’s Superintendent Larry Snelling gives remarks.