Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP)


There will be three SMIP sessions in 2015:

Session 59: May 31-June 18, 2015
Session 60: June 7-25, 2015
Session 61: July 12-30, 2015

Online registration will be available October 1st at Submitting the application (and receiving an auto-generated invoice) does not assure a seat. Only when an Acceptance Letter is received via email, can the applicant be assured they have been accepted into SMIP.

SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum Program that provides senior police executives intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government as well as discussion relative to the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives today. A demanding three-week course, SMIP brings together a faculty from top universities, successful law enforcement chief executives, and subject matter experts from the private sector. It is designed for mid-to-upper level police executives who will ultimately lead police agencies throughout the United States and other participating countries. SMIP’s curriculum addresses those issues that demand the attention of today’s forward-thinking law enforcement leaders. Classes are held at Boston University where participants learn and reside in the university’s finest classrooms and residence hall.


The Value Proposition for SMIPSMIP brings together leading thinkers in corporate and public management to provide intensive training in the best available management theory and practice, innovative solutions to organizational problems, and discussion of important issues in managing public service organizations effectively. The program's goal is to give police managers the same quality of management education available to leaders in other public and private sector endeavors.

As a developmental program for the profession's current and future leaders, SMIP focuses on leadership and executive development. The curriculum is much more conceptual than technical and requires participants to think in broad terms about their agencies' environments. Readings, cases and class discussions stimulate critical thinking and problem solving. Participants emerge with an understanding of advanced management practices and effective leadership, and enhanced awareness of the management methods and resources necessary for fulfilling current or future responsibilities. By sharing individual management experiences and exchanging ideas during group discussions, participants gain confidence in their managerial abilities and develop sources of consultation, advice and support that will endure well beyond the course.

Upon graduation, attendees will be offered free PERF membership for the remainder of the calendar year, and a registration fee waiver for PERF's next annual meeting. The extensive resources of the Police Executive Research Forum and the Senior Management Institute for Police remain available to participants after the course. This commitment has helped make SMIP a national center for the education and training of the future leaders of American policing.


What the Course is All AboutSMIP gives participants a clear understanding of general management theory, policy development, planning processes, and organizational structure and behavior. Topics such as diversity, political management, organizational strategy, performance management, organizational change, leadership, managerial problem solving, career planning, negotiation and labor relations, process analysis, media relations, and new policing strategies and innovations will be discussed. Each year we strive to add new instruction on the most topical issues facing law enforcement executives. Some of the updates that will be offered in 2015 are still under development.

The program includes some case study instruction. Popularized by use in the nation's top business schools this method combines careful and extensive reading of case materials, including problem analysis and managerial decisions, with classroom discussion of the issues presented in each case. SMIP uses corporate, public and police agency cases and encourages participants to apply each case's concepts and issues to their organizations. Because of the program's intensity and daily group study, all participants are required to reside on campus for the program's duration, except weekends.

Because the majority of participants have already completed post-graduate studies, SMIP does not offer college credits, However, former participants have been awarded graduate credit by colleges they attended upon presentation of the SMIP objectives and course curriculum.


Individual CommitmentSMIP is a very demanding, fast-paced, reading-intensive program that requires considerable commitment and hard work in class and after class through independent and group study assignments. Each day, participants will be called upon in class to offer their perspective on the issues presented in the assigned cases and readings. A lack of preparedness will result not only in diminished success of the individual, but it can also impact the progress of the entire class. Keeping up with assignments and team work is essential.


Qualifications for Individual Attendance – Enrollment is limited. To qualify for SMIP you must be the chief executive or a senior manager in your agency (Lieutenant or above, or civilian equivalent) with significant responsibility for major agency activities. A 4-year college degree – or the accumulation of 120 credit hours – from an accredited college or university is required. PERF is committed to select only those who are fully committed to actively participate in this valuable management education experience.


Attendance Starts with Application On-Line – SMIP on-line applications will be accepted on the PERF website at beginning October 1, 2015. Those who are PERF members will be able to first log in, follow the SMIP and member applicant prompts (this will populate some application fields with information already in our member files). But anyone can apply as a non-member by following the prompts and completing and submitting the on-line application.

Applicants must acknowledge their understanding that SMIP is a very intensive program that requires a significant commitment to pre-session reading, class attendance, daily reading assignments, and group study sessions.

It is critical that NO ONE SHOULD SUBMIT AN APPLICATION UNTIL the applicant can:

  • POSITIVELY AFFIRM that his/her AGENCY HEAD HAS APPROVED the applicant’s attendance,
  • FULL FUNDING HAS BEEN APPROVED, and that payment of the tuition balance will follow after the application’s acceptance. 
  • In the event an application is accepted less than 45 days from the start of the applicant’s session, tuition must be received before that session begins.


Investing in Your Development

Tuition for the 2013 sessions of SMIP has not yet been determined. It will be posted here on October 1st. A $250 deposit must be paid by credit card at the time of application.

Applicants will be officially notified, via email, of their acceptance within 7 days of their application. Any applicant not receiving an acceptance by email within 7 days should check their email spam blocker for this correspondence. If not found, or contacted by telephone within 7 days, applicants should contact Tony Narr at (202) 466-7820 ext. 316 or


Tuition includes: instruction, books, materials, program activities, lodging and meals for the duration of the program. Tuition does NOT include travel expenses. Tuition (less the deposit) may be refunded if an applicant must cancel, provided PERF is officially notified in writing or by email 90 days or more before the start of class. Refunds cannot be given when the application is received within 90 days of the start of class. However, alternate qualified selections from the nominee’s department may replace a previously accepted applicant.


The application MUST be completed by the individual attending SMIP. The SMIP application calls for information and demands personal affirmations that must be provided only by the applicant him-herself. Applications completed by training, procurement or administrative staff or others on behalf of the applicant are not acceptable.