Community-Oriented Policing 

A practical roadmap for building trust and respect for police through prevention-focused community policing initiatives

Prevention-Focused Community Policing Can Strengthen Trust and Respect Between the Community and Police

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Law enforcement agencies nationwide are striving to improve relationships with community members and enhance the overall trust and respect for police, which supports their ability to address and prevent crime. 
This is commonly referred to as community-oriented policing, a phrase frequently used but often misunderstood by community members, politicians, the media and, in some cases, law enforcement leadership.

What is Prevention-Focused Community Policing?

Prevention-focused community policing is a modern organizational philosophy with the primary goal of working cooperatively with citizens to identify and resolve issues that can affect the quality of life in their neighborhoods through a prevention-based approach.
It involves elements of crime prevention, problem-oriented policing and community engagement, and should be embraced both from the top-down and bottom-up of every law enforcement agency.
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In the video above, Dan Keller gives a brief overview of prevention-focused community policing

Community-Oriented Policing

Certification Program

ACPI has partnered with law enforcement leaders from around the country to develop a unique and comprehensive training and certification program for law enforcement administrators, officers and community leaders.
Our focus is not only on the concept of community policing, but to provide a realistic roadmap for implementing successful community policing programs. 
Designed as a crucial first step in improving rapport with the communities you serve, we will review specific tactics and interrelationships between multiple policing strategies, including:
  • Community-Oriented Policing
  • Problem-Solving Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Police/Community Engagement
This program is presented live online, allowing you to interact with the instructor and your peers and eliminating the need for travel. This course will provide:
A fundamental re-imagining of effective policing
A roadmap to establish positive community relationships
A review of successful community policing programs
Interaction with others facing similar challenges and sharing best practices
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit towards ASIS certifications

What's Included?

  • 60 Topic Areas
  • Case Studies
  • Certification Exam
  • Presentation Slides
  • Reference Materials

Who Should Attend?

  • Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Crime Prevention Specialists
  • Community Resource Officers
  • Government and Community Leaders
* Full curriculum will be communicated shortly
Participants who successfully complete the program will achieve lifetime recognition as a Certified Community Policing Specialist by the American Crime Prevention Institute 

Planned Curriculum (click '+' for specific topics - subject to change)

To maintain community trust and support, law enforcement agencies must embrace prevention-focused community policing strategies


Featured Instructors

Dan Keller

Dan brings more than 50 years of law enforcement and security experience. He has trained thousands of law enforcement personnel, security professionals and community planners from throughout the world in Crime Prevention and Community Engagement strategies and techniques. Dan founded ACPI in 1998 after retiring as the Director of Public Safety at the University of Louisville, where he served for 26 years. Previously he served as the Assistant Director of Security at Southern Illinois University and founder and CEO of Aegis Protection Group and Aegis Security Design, a security consulting and engineering firm. He holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute.

Chief Gene Ellis

Gene Ellis is the Police Chief and Assistant City Manager for the city of Belton, TX. Chief Ellis started his law enforcement career in Pasadena, the second largest city in southeast Texas. He has served as a Police Chief for over 20 years, including in the State of Iowa and in Belton, TX starting in 2009. Chief Ellis is a graduate of the University of Houston and St. Ambrose University, with BS and MS degrees in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Certified Public Manager Program at Texas State University. He is a member of the board of officers of the Texas Police Chiefs Association where he most recently served as President, and is a Past President of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Gene Ellis also serves as Belton’s Assistant City Manager and leads the Excellence in Customer Service initiative.

Lt. Ryan Terrell

Ryan Terrell is an 18-year veteran in a law enforcement capacity. He currently holds several college degrees, to include a M.S. from the University of Louisville, M.B.A. from American Intercontinental University, B.S. from the American Intercontinental University, A.A.S. from Trident Technical College, and an A.B.A from Eastern Gateway Community College. Ryan has over 17 years of experience in military law enforcement, corrections, and civilian law enforcement. He is currently a Lieutenant with the North Charleston Police Department, in North Charleston, SC. His background is mostly compiled of community policing, crime prevention, and police officer training. He is listed as a training instructor for his department and currently trains all police officers in the department for their annual scenario-based training. Ryan is also a veteran of the United States Navy with military police experience and has worked in a civilian correction setting.

Simple Process. Extraordinary Value.

Programs of this nature typically cost thousands of dollars to attend, but we have worked to reduce the cost and disruption typically encountered when attending multi-day training as much as possible. We provide highly flexible registration options. Register for multiple courses or register a group for an additional discount (price will be updated automatically). If you are not able to pay by credit card, select 'Invoice' during checkout to request an invoice to pay offline (enrollment will be completed once final payment is received). 


Single Course: $350
We understand it is not always possible for multiple people to attend.


Multiple Courses: $300
Receive an additional $50 discount if you register for multiple courses at once.


$300 / person
Register multiple people from the same organization for the greatest value. 

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