Press Release UChicago Crime Lab October 27, 2023

University of Chicago Community Safety Leadership Academy Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Policing Cohort

Police leaders serving cities representing 20% of homicides in America will use leadership and management learnings to save lives in their communities.

CHICAGO, IL – Today, the University of Chicago Crime Lab graduated its inaugural cohort of the Policing Leadership Academy (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. As cities continue to grapple with high rates of gun violence, police leaders from departments across America completed a rigorous six-month education program focused on helping them address it through data-driven management, violence reduction strategies, and building community trust. 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.

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Learn more about the Policing Leadership Academy here.

See photos below.

The graduates and instructors. Photos by Jason Smith.
At the graduation ceremony for the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s first cohort from the Policing Leadership Academy.

University of Chicago Trustee and Former CEO of Aramark Joseph Neubauer gives remarks.

Crime Lab faculty director Dr. Jens Ludwig speaks to graduates.
Chicago Police Department’s Superintendent Larry Snelling gives remarks.

Keechant L. Sewell, Former New York City Police Commissioner, gives remarks.

Graduate Captain Stephanie Drescher, City of Madison, Wisconsin police department shares about her experience.