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.

The Professional Certificate in 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. This program is relevant for all individuals working in law enforcement, including sworn officers and civilian professionals.

For California Law Enforcement Officers - Obtaining a CA POST ID:

California law enforcement officers can obtain a CA POST ID to be included with the certificate of completion. If you don’t have a CA POST ID, use the link below before registering for the course:


For California Law Enforcement Officers - Adding a CA POST ID to your Student Account:

Once enrolled and your student profile account created, enter your POST ID in your profile under License or Credential ID field.

Key Benefits

  • Participants of this program can earn 8 hours of POST credit.
  • 100% online self-paced course.
  • No prior experience required.
  • Stackable for academic credit towards a degree.
  • No textbooks and other materials required for purchase.

Learning Modules Include

  • Unit 1 - Ties to the Community
  • Unit 2 - Communicating the "Real" Story
  • Unit 3 - The Needs of the Community
  • Unit 4 - Balance of Power: Respect and Trust
  • Unit 5 - Building "We" Out of "Us and Them"
  • Unit 6 - Opportunities and Strengths

Course Learning Outcomes

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.

Prior Learning Credit

The Professional Certificate in Community Policing course serves as a valuable credential that complements your educational path, offering the potential to earn academic credits for prior learning that can be applied to an undergraduate program at National University. Below is the degree that is eligible for academic credit transfer towards a general elective course:

Requirements to Enroll

All learners are eligible to enroll in the Professional Certificate in Community Policing. There are no admissions requirements. It is recommended that learners have a high school diploma or GED.

Estimated Time to Completion

Professional Certificate in Community Policing can be completed in approximately 8 hours.

Access Time

Learners will have access to their course learning modules for up to 6 months from the date of their enrollment.

CEUs and PDUs

  • CEUs - 6.0 National University Continuing Education Units

Certificate of Completion

After completion of all 6 units, learners will be awarded an official National University Workforce Education Solutions Professional and Continuing Education Certificate of Completion.

If you wish to have your completion reported to POST EDI please make a request by emailing WCEPACE@nu.edu


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Professional Certificate in Community Policing
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