Hello, my name is Justin Paez and I am the chair of the committee that oversees the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC). I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the PELC page. By navigating here, you have taken a great first step in law enforcement leadership development. While the PELC program is designed to dovetail with both the STEP and CLEE programs, it provides fantastic leadership development as a stand-alone program. I encourage you to speak to some of the over 2,000 graduates of the program who will be able to provide insight into the value PELC provides for them. For me, it was the catalyst that provided readiness for what I was to face in the future.

Chief Justin Paez
Dublin Division of Police

What is PELC?

PELC is the acronym for the Police Executive Leadership College. PELC is administered by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation. PELC was founded in 1986, and, each year graduates at least two classes (Spring and Fall). To date, 2,580 law enforcement executives are proud graduates of PELC.

PELC is a three-week executive leadership training program spread out over three months each session. PELC is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned, and that given the opportunity for feedback and practice, executives can substantially improve their abilities to lead. PELC provides law enforcement executives with one of those rare moments in their professional careers to learn how to practically apply leadership concepts. It is an intensive learning experience focused on leadership skills vital to long term personal success and change in the organization – both for the benefit of the community.

PELC – By the Numbers
2,580 graduates-to-date
Sessions of 15 days spread over three weeks
Weekly tests on learning modules
105 class hours
20 required readings
4 research papers
5 community interviews
3 team projects
3 speeches including a final capstone presentation
20 instructors and/or speakers

To Develop dynamic, visionary leaders to effectively serve and protect our communities. 

To provide unique and innovative leadership education geared toward today’s demands and tomorrow’s needs. 


Advisory Board & Staff

The PELC advisory board is called the Executive Institute Committee (EIC). The boar members are all PELC graduates and accomplished law enforcement executives. The EIC meets at least twice a year. The committee is charged with evaluating current curriculum and instructors, approving pending applicants for admission and making adjustments as needed to assure that PELC remains a highly regard executive leadership program.

Chief Kurt Althouse
Vandalia Police Department

Deputy Chief Greg Bodker, CLEE,
Columbus Police Department

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper, CLEE,
Dayton Police Department

Chief Chad Essert
Fayetteville Police Department

Chief Andres Gonzalez
Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department

Lieutenant Doug Lightfoot
Hilliard Police Department

Lieutenant. Duane Mabry, PELC 77 Class Representative,
Columbus Police Department

Chief Justin Paez, Chair
Dublin Police Department
Chief Deputy (ret.) George Taylor
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Office
Safety Director Keith Torbet, CLEE,

Commander Kelly Weiner
Columbus Police Department

Mallory Murphy, Program Director,
Monica Miller, Program Coordinator,
or call 614-761-9479

Cost & Location

The tuition for PELC is $2,650* per session. The cost includes: instruction, material, breaks and lunches. Not included are: overnight lodging, breakfast, dinner and any other ancillary costs.  Note: group discount rate is available for the sleeping rooms.
*Subject to change