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Leadership Development Institute

Today's public safety leaders face a formidable challenge. Ensuring the safety of our communities, in ways that are consistent with the United States Constitution and supported by the public, is no easy task. Our leaders in law enforcement and corrections face challenges that include complex issues, conflicting demands from the community, changes in technology, increasing diversity in our communities, generational differences in the workforce, limited resources, the attention of social media and other factors that increase the difficulty of the job. Our leaders must face these challenges and lead their agencies, personnel and communities in ways that not only provide safety and security, but do so in a manner that engenders public support.

The Leadership Development Institute is committed to helping develop public safety leaders who meet these challenges. As our name connotes, we view the work of developing leaders as a process that starts at the beginning of a career. While most of our programs are targeted at supervisors, we recognize that leadership can and should be developed and exhibited by all personnel, regardless of position or title.

We work closely with public safety leaders from throughout the state, across all disciplines of public safety, to ensure that we are addressing current leadership needs in the field. We also work with academic institutions and professional organizations such as the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, the Maryland Sheriffs Association and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association to produce programs for our students.

The Maryland Public Safety Leadership Academy
A group of Maryland's public safety leaders, representatives from three Maryland colleges and universities, and staff of the Leadership Development Institute have been convening regularly to plan and develop an exciting new leadership training system ? the Maryland Public Safety Leadership Academy (MPSLA).
Unlike a traditional Command College structure, the MPSLA will provide a progressive program of leadership training for all levels of public safety personnel, including both uniformed staff and civilians. It will offer students flexibility and accessibility by providing a variety of courses, venues, instructors, and schedules for students to complete the various certificate programs.

When fully implemented, the MPSLA will offer four levels of Public Safety Leadership Certification that will be endorsed by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions as well as a partnering college or university. When the MPSLA is fully scaled up, it will also provide a wide range of specialty tracks that will offer opportunities for in-depth study and skill development in selected areas of public safety practice.

Law Enforcement Executive Officer Program
This program is offered to newly appointed Chiefs of Police and newly elected Sheriffs. It is geared to help ease their transition into those roles. Presentations are given by tenured executives who have successfully lead agencies, university professors and other subject matter experts.

Library/Research Facilities
LDI is responsible for maintaining the library at the Public Safety Education and Training Center (PSETC). Public safety employees have access to the books, magazines, DVDs, reports, and reference works contained within the library collection. The librarian is available to help users locate appropriate materials they may need to answer their questions or for their research, and users may also request literature searches for materials that will supplement the resources that are physically located in the library.

Those training at the PSETC may visit the library between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for assistance. Users across the state may call the library (410 875 3544) and request assistance from the librarian.

Executive Leadership Seminars
These are half day to full day programs for chief executive officers of public safety agencies. They are designed to provide information on emerging issues in the field that our top leaders need to be aware of, and often involved nationally known speakers.

LDI Staff:

Michael Edwards, Acting Director

Darla Rothman, Curriculum Developer & Program Administrator

Maryann P. Foxwell, Program Administrator, First Line Supervisor Training

Sara J. Bender, Program Administrator, First Line Administrator Training

Helen R. Mashbaum, PCTC Librarian

Susan Strausbaugh, Management Associate


Traffic Safety Specialist Recognition Program

Career Track Certificate Program (CTCP)

Mandated Training For Police & Corrections
First Line Supervisor Training Program

March 6 - 17, 2017 (Hagerstown) **CANCELED** Students alerted 2/27/17
April 3 - 14, 2017
May 1 - 12, 2017
June 5 - 16, 2017
July 10 - 21, 2017
August 7 - 18, 2017 (Salisbury)
September 11 - 22, 2017
October 16 - 27, 2017
December 4 - 15, 2017

Mandated Training For Police & Corrections
First Line Administrator Training Program

March 21 - 24 & 28 - 30, 2017
June 20 - 23 & 27 - 29, 2017
August 22 - 25 & 29 - 31, 2017
November 7 - 9 & 14 - 17, 2017


The Leadership School
March 28 - 30, 2017
September 26 - 28, 2017

Foundations of Leadership
May 16 - 18, 2017
July 25 - 27, 2017
October 17 - 19, 2017

These one day courses are designed to develop the supervisory and leadership skills in current or aspiring supervisors and are provided in collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County

Dealing with Difficult Employees
March 17, 2017

Customer Service
March 31, 2017

Supervisory Liabilities
April 7, 2017

Team Development
April 21, 2017

Transitioning from Officer to a Supervisor
May 12, 2017

Ethics and Integrity
June 2, 2017

Coaching & Mentoring a Successful Workforce
June 16, 2017

Managing Organizational Change
June 30, 2017