Public Policy Innovation

Course Overview

Course Description

How do agencies carry out reliable public policy research? Which resources do they invest in and why? Are the programs in place working? How can any given law enforcement leader be an effective, critical consumer of research, evidence, and best practices? This course looks at how to make good policy decisions, how to involve key stakeholders, and how to create and communicate policy. Nurturing practical research skills for law enforcement leaders, students will complete a project in which they are placed in groups to collectively write an MOU for a gang or human trafficking multiagency task force. Working each week to contribute to the document, they produce a real MOU by the end of the course; something typically high-ranking individuals and/or those in specialized assignments have the opportunity to do.

Course Highlights:

  • This course is an academic/practitioner hybrid taught by experienced industry professionals who provide a variety of perspectives.
  • Students get a well-rounded look at these complex issues via formal presentations from faculty, on-camera video interviews, and other multimedia.

Student Comments

I feel like learning the language, style, and content required of an MOU provided a great tool to my future.
-Spring 2020 Student

The content was current and applicable to what we are currently dealing with in today’s culture. Presentations were very thorough and delivered well.
-Spring 2020 Student

I thoroughly enjoyed the group aspect and gained a lot from interacting more closely with my team members.
-Spring 2020 Student

Every class within the program provides new learning opportunities and this course has been no exception. I am grateful for the instructor and administrators for the flexibility throughout this course.
-Spring 2020 Student

This was a great course and I really enjoyed working with 3 others during the entire course. I felt this course found the right balance considering it took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. I did not spend the usual amount of hours per week during this course because of the pandemic, but I’m glad the school had the best interest of the students in mind as we all had extra work and stress in our personal lives, due to the pandemic. I have been extremely impressed with this school and program and I’m proud to be associated with both!
-Spring 2020 Student

Examples of Past Student Projects:

  • The Mexican Mafia: Our Most Dangerous Threat to Public Safety
  • White Supremacy Ideology Skinhead Gang Task Force: A proposal for a tri-state task force to operate within the states of California, Oregon and Washington
  • The Rollin 60s: A Gang Task Force Proposal


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