Baltimore Police Department Criminal Justice Leadership Development Program

UMUC-BPD Education Alliance

Welcome, Baltimore Police Department students! The education alliance between University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) provides BPD police officers with a criminal justice program that focuses on the critical leadership competencies—strategic thinking, effective communication, and teamwork—required in today's increasingly challenging law enforcement environment.

Program Benefits

For BPD and the Community

  • Experience the flexibility of online learning
  • Engage in participatory group work
  • Tackle real-life department challenges
  • Present your recommendations to BPD leadership
  • Watch as your recommendations are integrated into day-to-day operations

For Individual Participants

  • Earn opportunities to advance in the field
  • Discover and develop leadership skills
  • Apply 16 credits towards an undergraduate degree1


In 2007, Frederick H. Bealefeld, who was commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, and Dr. William Sondervan, then-academic director of criminal justice at UMUC and former commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction, discussed developing a leadership program specifically for BPD. The program would be designed to improve the quality and bench strength of the department's leadership pipeline and to increase the engagement, teamwork, and retention of employees. The desired outcome was, and is, to improve public safety by increasing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of BPD. Enhancing the credentials and leadership experience of BPD officers supports the traditional "promote from within" philosophy of the department and sets BPD apart as a leader among its peers.

1 See Apply Credits Towards a Degree for more details.

* The 25 percent discount will be applied to out-of-state tuition for most programs. This discount cannot be combined with the Completion Scholarship for Maryland community college students or the Pennsylvania Completion Scholarship.

The tuition discount will not be applied to the following graduate programs and related courses: Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in data analytics; Master of Science in digital forensics and cyber investigation; Master of Science in cybersecurity management and policy; Master of Science in cybersecurity technology; graduate certificates in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, and foundations in business analytics; all doctoral programs and specializations; and select legacy programs. Additional discounts are available for Federal employees and their spouses and eligible dependents. Undergraduate and standard graduate program tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military; members of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military or specialty rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-UMUC (8682) to determine if you can apply both benefits.

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