Understand and evaluate best policing practices in an ever-changing criminal justice environment

Delivered by expert academics and practitioners in this field, the purpose of the Diploma in Police Leadership & Management is to equip learners with an understanding of this fascinating profession from a range of perspectives. During the course, students will develop a critical understanding of the concept, policies and practices of policing within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to policing studies. They will also gain a better understanding of the causes and consequence of crime and offer critical assessments of different approaches to crime reduction. They will also increase knowledge and understanding of their different approaches to management and leadership in policing organisations.

During this course the student will learn how to understand and evaluate best policing practices in an ever-changing criminal justice environment. They will study the psychology of criminal behaviour, examine trends and issues in policing, human diversity in justice including restorative justice models and the type of crime profiling that is required in modern police forces. Special categories of offenders will be examined concluding with a look at the key issues developing in modern police management.

Who Should Apply?

Gardaí above the rank of sergeant who wish to further their careers in police management. Those working generally in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Those in other careers who are interested in modern policing issues.

Entry Requirements

Students enrolling on this course must have completed the Diploma in Criminology & Forensic Psychology course with City Colleges.

Course Content

Week 1 – Criminal Justice System in Ireland

Week 2 – Developing skills for personal effectiveness in modern policing

Week 3 – Contemporary law enforcement and the professional policeman

Week 4 – Forensic Studies

Week 5 – Restorative Justice

Week 6 – Crime Analysis; Criminal profiling; Crime Prevention

Week 7 – Special Types of Offenders or Crimes – Youth crime & alcohol; sex offenders; homicide and terrorists; cybercrime

Week 8 – Key Issues in Policing – Decision Making, Police Accountability and Ethical Policing

Week 9 – Key Issues in Policing – People and Organisational Management

Week 10 – Key Issues in Policing – Leadership in Modern Policing

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.

Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.

Similarly, the assignment must be submitted on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Why City Colleges

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin, Ireland location
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location in Dublin, Ireland
  • Limited class size
  • Parking

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Diploma in Police Leadership & Management (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Police Leadership & Management


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Diploma in Police Leadership & Management (Online)

Online Diploma in Police Leadership & Management


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM