Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy


The UTC Criminal Justice Department has partnered with the Law Enforcement Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to conduct specialized, education for law enforcement officers.  The Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA), is a dynamic seven-week law enforcement leadership and management program designed for progressive and innovative police managers. SECLA prepares mid and upper level supervisory personnel for the increased responsibility of administrative command positions by providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful leadership in their agency and community. This seven week program is limited to upper-level, law enforcement officials in command positions.

The SECLA curriculum was developed in conjunction with UTC faculty and a team of national experts in the field of policing.  It is delivered by these same experts to ensure integrity of delivery. All instructors are seasoned law enforcement professionals; have earned a PhD in Criminal Justice or a related field; teach at a major university; and have published related books or articles in peer-reviewed journals. The Curriculum covers current issues and information police administrators rely upon to adequately respond to the diverse demands of an executive position.  These topics include:  ethics and integrity; leadership and management; managing diversity; strategic, tactical and operational planning; systems and budget planning; written directive systems; audit systems; human resource management; organizational change; community policing; performance measures; police management and review systems; and risk management/police liability.

Participants may earn up to 12 hours of undergraduate credit or 6 hours of Master’s level credit through the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. These credits will transfer to any institution of higher education and count toward criminal justice degree requirements.

For more information, visit the SECLA web site or contact Dr. Vic Bumphus, Faculty Liaison.