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Why attend/Who should Apply?   *   Upcoming Class Schedule   *   Course Modules   *   Expectations
Application Information   *   Scholarships   *   College Credits

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.

If you are a law enforcement executive who wants to improve your leadership skills to enhance your career, PELC may be just for you. In addition, if you are interested in furthering your academic education by attending a higher educational program, several Ohio universities provide undergraduate college credits for PELC graduates.

PELC is designed for Police Chiefs, Sheriff’s, and Management-Level staff who are willing to devote time away from their agencies to improve their leadership skills.  The course is geared to law enforcement executives from all size agencies. The most important quality a participant should possess is the willingness to learn and unlearn.

Admission is by application from the individual and required a statement of nomination from the applicant’s top administrator. Application and Guidelines information is below on this page, or upon request by calling 614-761-9479 or by writing to the Law Enforcement Foundation.

Minimum qualifications for the Police Executive Leadership College include personal and job-related criteria.  The applicant must:

  • hold a chief executive position in a law enforcement agency or occupy a law enforcement management position which demonstrably includes full-time permanent responsibility to supervise full-time personnel, and has the ability to influence policy or impact the operation of the company or agency.
  • complete the attached P.E.L.C application form; an application returned with unanswered questions will not be considered.
  • provide a statement of nomination and commitment from the applicant’s administrator. (see section IV)

PELC Session Dates: Spring 2021 - Fall 2023

Spring (2021)
Orientation Lunch: March 4
Apriil 12-16
May 10-14
June 28-July 2

Fall (2021)
Orientation Lunch: July 28
September 6-10
October 4-8
November 1-5

Spring (2022)
Orientation Lunch: Feb/TBD
March TBD
April TBD

Fall (2022)
Orientation Lunch: Aug/TBD
September TBD
October TBD
November TBD

Spring (2023)
Orientation Lunch: Feb/TBD
September TBD
October TBD
November TBD

Fall (2023)
Orientation Lunch: Aug/TBD
September TBD
October TBD
November TBD

Course Modules

Executive Role
Excellence in Management
Risk Management
Leadership Assessment
Community Leadership Structure – Part I
Problem Solving
Executive Leadership
Employee Motivation

Communication & Executive Performance
Effective Written Communication
Ethics & Principle Based Leadership
Social Media
Media Management

Conflict Management
Community Leadership Structure – Part II
Officer Wellness
COPTALK – Panel of Chiefs
Leadership for a Lifetime:  How the Past Prepares Us for the Future

PELC Academic Expectations

In order to graduate from the Police Executive Leadership College, the student must:

  • Attend all training sessions.
  • Receive a passing grade of at least 70% on three papers that are submitted for evaluation and grade to the PELC grader.
  • Receive a passing grade of at least 70% on three weekly tests of instructor modules.
  • Receive satisfactory evaluation for the written portfolio and community assessment assignments.
  • Participate in the three team presentations.
  • Successfully deliver three speeches, including: impromptu, critical issue impacting on the agency, and capstone speech on change for the agency.
  • Complete journal assignments per the guidelines.
  • Read all required readings.
  • Pass three weekly tests on the learning modules.
  • Complete any other assignments given by the instructors.

PELC Application & Guidelines

CLICK HERE to download the application, complete and mail or fax back to:
Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.
PELC Application
6277 Riverside DR., 2N
Dublin, OH 43026

CLICK HERE to download MS WORD version of the application.
INSTRUCTIONS For MS WORD version: You will need to open the document from this site and then re-save it to your computer hard drive. Complete the application from your hard drive re-saving each time you work on it. When you are finished and ready to submit the application, after you have done the final save, send it electronically (as an attachment) to:

College Credits

Two Ohio universities grant college credits for PELC graduates:

Franklin University, Columbus, and Tiffin University.

For details:  College Credits

PELC 2022 Classes - Scholarships

Deadline to apply: February 12, 2021

CLICK HERE (to download application)

The PELC Alumni Association is generously providing $7,500 for partial, need-based scholarships for all applicants.  The Executive Institute Committee will accept applications for these scholarships through February 12, 2021.  Applicant must be a member of the agency’s command staff (Sergeant – Chief), and not already admitted to PELC.  A PELC admission application must accompany the scholarship application.  Both applications are available at or by emailing Monica Miller at Scholarships, awarded at the discretion of the Executive Institute Committee, will be announced in April 2021.  While subject to change based on the number of applications received, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

For more information or if you have questions…

Mallory Murphy, Program Director,
Monica Miller, Program Coordinator,
or call 614.761.9479

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