Administrative Officers Management Program

The Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) has provided management and leadership education for law enforcement professionals since 1989.

AOMP is operated as part of a nationally-accredited public administration program, an uncommon distinction among residential police management schools.  All courses are taught by faculty who hold the highest academic credentials in their field.

Participants enroll in five academic courses of three credit hours each. All courses carry upper level undergraduate or graduate credits identical to those earned by any other student at NC State. While it is the prerogative of the university or college to which one transfers to accept credits earned elsewhere, our experience indicates that credits earned in this program are readily transferable.

AOMP Alumni Association

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The academic courses in the program are:

PA 410: Public Administration for Police Supervisors

Instructor: James R. Brunet, Ph.D.
This course introduces the participant to administration in the public sector, using examples from law enforcement administration as well as other agencies of government. The course examines formal and informal organizations, the administrative process, personnel practices, administrative responsibility and accountability, budgeting, intergovernmental relations, the political environment of public administration, and ethics in administration.

PA 411: Managing Police Organizational Behavior

Instructor: Frank Perry, Ph.D.
The focus of this course is to assist participants in the application of up-to-date management theory into practical solutions to problems faced in their agencies. To that end, the course is designed around three units: assessment of organizational culture; assessment of leadership style on a variety of dimensions; and a series of experimental workshops drawn from a simulated police department. The theoretical framework provided by the self and organizational assessment is applied to a variety of problems - both operational and management-related - that reflect current issues in law enforcement

PA 498: Special Topics in Public Administration

Instructor: Jeff Diebold, Ph.D. and Bruce McDonald, Ph.D.
Rotating instruction on Public Pension/Retirement Considerations and Government Budgeting.

PS 585: Constitutional and Legal Principles for Police Supervisors

Instructors: Ike Avery, Esq.
This course enables participants to assist a law enforcement agency in maximizing organizational effectiveness while minimizing unnecessary exposure to civil and criminal liability. It focuses on high-risk liability areas, with a special emphasis on personnel issues, civil rights of both the public and agency employees, handling of discipline and internal affairs and issues concerning the use of force.

PS 598: Applied Police Research

Instructor: Deborah Lamm Weisel, Ph.D.
This class is designed to improve students’ understanding and use of research on public safety, and to encourage police managers to participate in and produce research. The course will focus on the evolution of research in criminal justice, and consider the main theories of criminology and their implications for law enforcement policy and practice. The course will describe how research agendas are formed, and examine the primary methods and designs of research, data sources, and limitations of contemporary research.

Over 2,000 graduates, including 106 police chiefs and sheriffs