Police Executive Role
in the 21st Century

Police Executive Role in the 21st Century (PER21C)

PER21C is an executive development program designed to expand and enhance senior law enforcement leaders’ strategic leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Participants completing this program will build their individual, team, and organizational leadership competencies to address the challenges of emerging organizational and community needs.

This course is designed for chief executives, senior managers, and command staff who ultimately will lead police agencies

Course Content Areas:

  • Cases in Executive Decision Making
  • Fiscal Management: Budgeting and Planning
  • Measuring Value in Policing: Return on Investment
  • Chronobiology
  • Political Realities Impacting Chief Executives
  • Strategic Planning: Building a Sustainable Future
  • Succession Planning: Investing in Future Leaders
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Why and How to Measure Police Performance
  • Recruitment and Retention: The Core Challenge
  • Organizational Accountability: Force Management
  • Dealing with Mentally Ill and Behavioral Challenged People
  • Writing Assignment: The Future of Your Agency

In addition to classroom discussions, PER21C provides participants with the opportunity to network with law enforcement executives from other agencies.

Course topics and content may change or be modified from time to time, ensuring that topics are recent and relevant, to address emerging issues impacting policing and provide the most up-to-date information meeting the current needs of law enforcement leaders.

Course Format – The 100-hour course consists of three weeks of classroom modules, selected article reviews, textbook readings, and writing assignments that will require homework and will be graded. In order to partake in PER21C successfully, all participants are required to have access to a (laptop) computer for daily use.

Prerequisites – Applicants must be sworn law enforcement officers or law enforcement support personnel employed by a local, state, or federal agency who are senior law enforcement leaders (Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Captains) responsible for overseeing the development of policy and procedures in law enforcement agencies; and Lieutenants/Commanders who have completed the Police Mid-Management Role in the 21st Century course, or equivalent training, and have a minimum of 5 years in current rank

Location: Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265


  • Module 1: Tuesday, February 6 – Friday, February 9, 2024;
  • Module 2: Tuesday, March 5 – Friday, March 8, 2024;
  • Module 3: Tuesday, April 2 – Thursday, April 5, 2024.

Tuition Fee: $350; due by January 22, 2024. Lodging will be provided for Illinois local and State law enforcement by the ILETSB Executive Institute. Transportation and meals are the responsibility of the registrant and/or the nominating department.

 Registration deadline: Monday, January 22, 2024