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Wisconsin Command College




6 Weeks over 9 Months

About the Course

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College is a joint venture of the Certified Public Manager® Program and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau. This intense, six-week in-residence leadership and management development program prepares law enforcement leaders for the challenges facing their profession. The group attends classes collectively, in six five-day sessions held at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy, becoming Certified Public Managers together.

Expectations of a Command College participant:

In addition to attending 30 days of class, you will be required to:

  • complete pre-class assignments

  • write post-class reflective essays

  • write 3 papers, including an extensive applied project that benefits one’s agency, and

  • plan and participate in a group project that benefits the larger community.


"As a tenured Lieutenant in my former agency, Command College prepared me for command and executive leadership in my new role as the Chief of Police in my current agency. The coursework related to budgeting, executive writing, executive management, managing organizational change, and leadership greatly enhanced my knowledge skills and abilities in preparation for future executive leadership as a Certified Public Manager.

The professional and personal relationships that I developed in Command College are critical for a middle manager and all levels of a police organization. Those relationships greatly enhance my ability as a police executive by being able to apply the collective acumen of my classmates to make informed decisions."

- Chief James MacGillis
Wauwatosa Police Department

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