Drake University Continuing Education and Professional Develpment has been offering training to Iowa law enforcement agencies for the past five years. Below is a list of the current learning opportunities being offered to the law enforcement community.
Graduate Credit Course
Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement (EDMA 247)
Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement Personnel initiates the process of seeing past stereotypes by raising each student’s awareness of the culture in which they live and work. Once students are tuned into the elements of their own culture, they will be exposed to their own implicit bias and guided down a path of exploring and implementing the best strategies for connecting with those from other cultures. This course may qualify for tuition reimbursement benefits through your agency and is transferable into graduate programs at Drake or other universities (with advisor approval).
Spring Dates: January 18 – May 9, 2021
Developed by: Drake University
Instructor: Dr. James Verlengia
Graduate Credit: 3 semester hours
Tuition: $625.00 (not including the cost of the textbook)
Registration Link: Register Now for Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement Personel
Implicit Bias Training
Our two-hour implicit bias workshop is specially designed for law enforcement personnel. It guides officers in tuning into the elements of their own culture, after which they will be exposed to their own implicit bias and guided down a path of recognizing the implications of those biases and developing an action plan to mitigate the implicit biases that we all have. Please contact Chuck Sengstock if you are interested in more information or would like us to present this training to your agency.
Law Enforcement Agencies that have Recieved our Training
Drake University receives the 2020 Impact Award from the United States Distance Learning Association
Drake University was honored to receive the 2020 Impact Award from the United States Distance Learning Association for its work with the Des Moines Regional Police Academy. This award is a recognition of an ongoing relationship between the Des Moines Police Department and Drake University over the last four years.
Every new cadet that enters the Des Moines Regional Police Academy must take Drake University's blended Cultural Awarenesstraining. This training provides an opportunity to extend the cadets' knowledge of various cultures and impact their own implicit biases. By providing this forum for the cadets to explore their own cultures and understand who they are, they are more open to recognizing and willing to respect the cultures of those they serve. This results in safer and more effective interactions for all.
This course and our partnership with the Des Moines Police Department not only aligns with our mission, but it also makes Drake University visible and valuable to those that will be protecting it and keeping it safe for years to come.
For additional information, please contact Chuck Sengstock, Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development, at 515-271-2184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.