Course Description

 Course Description

Peace Officer Standards Training – Approved Course

Today’s police officer must be more complete in their capabilities, more community focused and at the same time aware how global events can affect neighborhood concerns. To accomplish this public safety must be a shared responsibility. At the heart of this shared responsibility is what is called community policing. Community policing is a philosophy that promotes working in partnership with a community to prevent and/or address crime based on a collaborative approach.  This program will provide law enforcement professionals with knowledge, skills, and best practices to work collaboratively with the community.

Community policing can help prevent crimes before they happen, increase trust, and improve community perception and citizen satisfaction. There are many ways a police department can effectively incorporate best practices, such as procedural justice, into their community policing philosophy.

Building Our Team Through Community Policing is a community policing program that provides a framework to accomplish this, including best practices for incorporating a public trust building approach through:

  • Preventing crime by collaborating
  • Understanding what is meant by a guardian approach
  • Making quality of life the end game
  • Embracing smart policing initiatives
  • Developing law enforcement staff
  • Adopting “best practices” in policing
  • Promoting both an officer/community safety mindset

Working in law enforcement is honorable, noble work, and this program can help you navigate working in these incredibly challenging times. This program provides practical best practice topics that all focus on enhancing current partnerships and fostering new ones with your community. Add tools to your toolbox that support a systematic approach to problem solving that can help you navigate the myriad of challenges faced by law enforcement today. Through this unique program, law enforcement professionals will learn ways to build and engage in community policing.

*Participants of this program can earn eight hours of POST credit for FREE through December 2021, in a combination of self-paced and live-online learning opportunities with scenarios incorporated from real officers in the field, based on real situations and lessons learned. Prior learning credit toward an academic degree program at National University is available.

 Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn to develop effective partnership
  • Apply effective outreach strategies
  • Communicate intentions when building relationships
  • Identify resources to improve community/police relations
  • Describe the specific needs and priorities of the community.


There are no prerequisites required to take this course. 


This program is relevant for all individuals working in law enforcement, including sworn officers and civilian professionals. Enrollment is limited currently to those in the state of California only.

This course is available to everyone working in law enforcement, both sworn and non-sworn. All you need is a CA POST ID. If you don’t have one, use this link to get one, before registering for the course:


*Final day to register for this free POST course is December 10, 2021. Please access the course modules as soon as possible to view remaining live session dates.

 Estimated Time of Completion

This program is designed to be eight hours in total time. Six hours are self-paced and asynchronous so that you can take it on your time, on your schedule. The last two hours are an online, live, synchronous session that will be scheduled to allow you to interact with peers across the state of California or within your community.

*Partipicants SHOULD complete the self-paced, asynchronous portion of the course prior to attending the live synchronous session.

**Students will have until December 31 to complete all components of the course. Failing to complete the course by the given date will result in an "Incomplete" grade. There are no extensions available or make-up live sessions.

 Access Time

Students will have until December 31, 2021 to complete all course components. Please view and register for avaialble live sessions as soon as possible.

 CEU / PDU Outcomes

8.0 CEUs


For Additional Information Visit: nu.edu/POSTCommunityPolicing

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