Helms School of Government
Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice (PhD)
Tran, Tridung, "Leadership Qualities Needed for a School-Based Police Chief" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3814.
Although it has evolved over the years, school-based law enforcement remains vital in a school setting for safety and security. The dynamic of school-based law enforcement has been heavily researched through the popular crime prevention program called School Resource Officer. The introduction of police officers in schools’ thrusts law enforcement’s reputation, abilities, and authority into the spotlight. Limited studies have shown the unique leadership qualities needed to lead a school-based law enforcement agency. Police chief qualification is dependent on the law enforcement agency’s requirements and expectations and often requires years of experience and education. Further, there are excellent police chief positions nationwide but few openings for a school-based position. This research study focuses on the question does school-based police chief need specialized training due to the complexities a school environment breeds. These complexities include understanding juveniles’ laws, family codes, and leadership training to successfully lead a school-based law enforcement agency toward positive engagement with internal and external stakeholders.