Executive Development in Policing Program

Course detail

Program area: Leadership

Course code: EDP

Course registration details
Session(s) Location Start date End date
22-01 B Blended 2022-09-06 2023-06-28
Course 1 OV Online-Virtual 2022-09-06 2022-11-25
Course 2 B Ottawa/Online-Virtual 2023-01-09 2023-02-17
Course 3 OV Online-Virtual 2023-03-06 2023-04-28
Course 4 B Online-Virtual/In Person TBD 2023-05-15 2023-06-28
Tuition Accommodation Full Meals Total
$11,700.00 no data- no data- $11,700.00


The Canadian Police College is pleased to offer the modernized Executive Development in Policing program (EDP), the result of which is based on feedback from an extensive needs analysis and current trends in leadership development.

Police executive leaders work in dynamic environments that are quickly changing and evolving. They face internal and external challenges that require high levels of personal and professional resilience and strong strategic capacity. Successful police executive leaders need to be confident and innovative decision makers while creating healthy work place environments that are people focused. Also of great importance is that they need to have a network of peers that are part of their support system.

The Executive Development in Policing program (EDP) is for high potential police and civilian senior managers and executives working in law enforcement. It is designed to enhance and evolve participants’ leadership competencies, with a focus on strategic and emotional and social dimensions and an overarching goal of strengthening their leadership character. Participants will work through a series of four consecutive courses designed to progressively challenge them to be leaders who inspire, are visionary and are change agents.

As part of the program, participants will complete a series of assignments in all four courses that include an extensive strategic leadership project that will focus on both strategic planning and the importance of connecting process and people. The newly revised central EDP project is designed to give participants the opportunity to integrate the people and process dimensions of leadership as they actively engage in the dynamic creation of structures, policies and practices that build individual and organizational capacity and capability to deliver public safety services.

A series of key partners will contribute to the delivery of the program over and above the EDP Manager such as EDP fellows, the project coach and assessor, key senior law enforcement executive leaders as well as key academic and industry subject matter resources. Individually participants will also work internally with an executive sponsor and a project advisor.

EDP consists of four consecutive courses which will be delivered using a blended approach of online self-study, virtual sessions and in person (post-pandemic). The four courses are listed here with their respective duration, associated virtual sessions, and participant assignments:

Central and Other EDP Assignments Workload

In total, EDP participants will complete 13 assignments, 8 of which will be part of the central assignment in the program which will be completed progressively throughout the program. For the central assignment, participants will individually complete a series of 8 assignments for which they should expect to necessitate the following amount of time:

For the other 5 assignments, 3 will be completed individually and 2 will be completed in a group setting. Each will require approximately 2 hours to complete.

Format and delivery

Length of program
10 to 12 months
Class size
  • Online, self study and virtual: maximum 16 students or
  • Online, self study, virtual and in person: maximum 24 students
Delivery setting

One of the two options:

  • Online self-study and virtual delivery (mandatory attendance during work hours)
  • Online self study, virtual and in person (mandatory attendance during work hours)

Learning outcomes

Eligibility and mandatory requirements

The program is designed for senior law enforcement managers and decision makers at the rank of inspector or superintendent or an equivalent.
Applicants must have completed the Strategic Policing through Action and Character leadership development course (formerly the Senior Police Administration Course) offered by the Canadian Police College or an equivalent management and leadership course or work experience. This can be specified in Section B on the registration form.
Admittance Mandatory Requirements

To register, registrants must:


Transfer credits

The graduates of the college's Executive Development in Policing program are eligible for credits toward specific graduate programs at Charles Sturt University and at Wilfrid Laurier University. For more information, please refer to the Transfer credits section.


For more details or other information about the course, please email

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