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Management Development Program

The Management Development Program is not just a training course. It is an experience! The MDP experience includes an innovative curriculum which involves comprehensive and in-depth examination of the complex issues of law enforcement management, as well as the actual application of learned management and leadership skills.

The program consists of topical modules, each five days in length, which are scheduled over an 11-month period. Program modules are conducted by North Carolina Justice Academy faculty members who are devoted and committed to management and executive development. MDP modules are conducted alternately at both the Salemburg and Edneyville campuses. Seated class sessions are supplemented with on-line course work. Adjunct instructors, content specialists in particular topic areas and recognized as leading authorities by law enforcement practitioners, add an important dimension to the Program.

Academy and adjunct faculty enhance participant development through student-centered and action-oriented instructional activities. These group and individual activities are intense and challenging-more so than most law enforcement managers will ever encounter. Individual readings are assigned prior to particular modules and individual projects initiated during module attendance are completed upon the participant’s return to the agency. Simulations, case studies, and skill practice exercises conducted during module attendance require participants to demonstrate - and receive a critique of - learned management skills. Such instructional activities create situations in which participant-peer interaction is essential, intense, and stimulating.