Detroit Police Department Leadership Academy

The Ilitch School's Detroit Police Department Leadership Academy (DPDLA) trains current and future leaders of law enforcement in the City of Detroit. It provides an accelerated executive development education track building leadership skills. Coursework is inclusive of leadership and management skill development, strategy and human resource management, and other important areas. Cohort participants engage in collaborative training designed to enhance their leadership skills and impart invaluable business expertise. 

DPDLA students gain a broad understanding of contemporary business management and specialized law enforcement communication. The accelerated immersion program provides students an opportunity to count their Leadership Academy credits toward an M.B.A. or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree. 

Many of the officers in this program have sought higher responsibility in their respective organizations throughout the years. Education has been a staple principle and highly valuable tool in the advancement of Detroit Police personnel. 

The program, which welcomed its first set of participants in January 2018, is run in partnership with the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business with organizing and program development support from Deloitte. 

To learn more about the DPDLA, contact the Graduate Programs Office at