Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,000,000)
The purpose of this application is to establish a Center for Public Safety Leadership that will develop universal high-quality leadership training that will also serve the unique needs of rural law enforcement across the Midwest. The delivery of this training will use instructional methodologies that leverage economies of national scale, developed by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) and the University of Kansas (KU), the state’s flagship university. At KU, we push the boundaries of knowledge, transform the academic experience, and create solutions through innovative research. KLETC is well-situated to facilitate this center with an excellent infrastructure on campus and vast resources available from KU.
Performance measures will include quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitatively, the number of courses and officers trained will be counted as an output of the training process. Additionally, the number of rural law enforcement agencies served will be tracked. Qualitatively, evaluations of each course delivered, in any format, will include a student survey to measure their level of satisfaction as it relates to training content, topic, and delivery. The instructor’s performance and ability will also be measured. Performance measures will be continually evaluated and adjusted, based on the courses delivered.
The center will be run by a director under the guidance of the Director of Police Training/KLETC Executive Director. An assistant director for curriculum development will develop and maintain the center’s curriculum and testing programs, and an assistant director for curriculum delivery will have strategic and operational oversight with respect to programmatic functions within the center.
The development of the center will be implemented in phases in the areas of staffing, course development and course offerings. The first year the center will be established, leadership and staff hired, and research and development on leadership training curricula initiated.