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About the course

This three-day program will introduce mid to senior police leadership participants to the key elements of leading successful crime reduction projects. Through the PANDA model, participants will engage with strategic thinking and operationalization of this vital policing role. Entertaining, interactive sessions and discussion of critical issues are supported with practical materials and exercises that will benefit each attendee’s agency and community. The course is ideally suited to participants from agencies where mid-level commanders are assigned responsibilities for crime management in geographic areas.

This highly practical and realistic program is framed within a wider discussion of evidence-based policing, and leadership development in modern law enforcement. It is the only authorized training program that accompanies the book Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders.

Each participant will receive a free copy of the book and an accompanying workbook.

Who should attend

Senior/middle managers and sergeants/lieutenants/captains in leadership positions or with potential for managerial positions as district/precinct commanders. Senior command staff wishing to better learn how to direct and manage crime and disorder reduction in their police departments will also benefit from the course. Up-and-coming early career leaders can also take advantage of the course for a variety of problem-solving roles within policing.

The program

There is some capacity to tailor the training program to an agency’s particular needs; however, the core topic covered are synchronized with the Reducing Crime book. Because many of the sessions are interactive and engage participants in discussion, this program is provisional and may differ when actually delivered.


  • Crime reduction and PANDA

  • Scanning your crime problems

  • Managing information sources

  • Effective analysis with VOLTAGE

  • What works in crime reduction

  • What causes crime? A crash course for leaders

  • Meaningful missions that make sense

  • Nominating an effective strategy

  • Deploying your strategy

  • Introduction to evaluation

  • OILRIG assessment

  • The ABC guide to effectiveness

  • Leadership and crime reduction

  • Essential evidence-based policing

  • Being a resilient, learning leader

The instructor

Jerry Ratcliffe is a former British police officer, college professor, and host of the Reducing Crime podcast. He works with police agencies around the world on crime reduction, leadership, and criminal intelligence strategy. ​After an ice-climbing accident ended a decade-long career with London’s Metropolitan Police, he earned a first class honors degree and a PhD from the University of Nottingham. He has published over 100 research articles and ten books, including “Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders” and "Evidence-Based Policing: The Basics". ​Ratcliffe has been a research adviser to the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Commissioner, an instructor for the ATF intelligence academy, and he is a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Education and Training Council. He is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia, and a scientific advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

POST certified

This course is certified for 20 hours POST training qualification by IADLEST as part of the National Certification Program (NCP certification number 19190-1906). This certification applies to 35 states (see IADLEST for details of which states accept the NCP).

Comments from previous courses taught by this instructor

  • “In 25 years of law enforcement training, there have been few courses that were this informative and entertaining. This course provides simple concepts and tools that can be applied immediately.” 
    ~    Captain Todd Marckx, Kansas City Police Department, MO

  • “As a new commander, this course helped me take my thinking to the next level” 
    ~    Sgt. Corey Wilburn, Shawnee Police Department, KS

  • “I didn’t know what exactly to expect from this course. What I found was processes I can take back and implement immediately. This information can be adapted to any department regardless of size or policy. I highly recommend this course for law enforcement basses in patrol or proactive patrol units. I also recommend this for crime analysts."
    ~    Lt. Clint Burleigh, Bent Police Department, Oregon

  • "I wish I had this training before I became a commander.” 
    ~    Capt. Luiz Ortiz, Kansas City Police Department, MO


The 3-day program is $895 and includes a workbook and a copy of Reducing Crime: A Companion for Police Leaders


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