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Public Safety Management & Leadership Program

Online Safety Degrees - Public Safety Management Degree Program Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Stand out for a promotion and join the leadership ranks

If you're a first responder working in the public safety field, a bachelor's degree can help you earn a promotion. And if you choose Franklin University's Public Safety Management & Leadership degree completion program, you may be closer to earning your degree than you think! Whether you're looking to move into a leadership role or you see a teaching position at some point in your career - a bachelor's degree enhances your on-the-job-experience and sets your apart from the competition.

Transfer 24 technical credits toward Franklin's Public Safety Management & Leadership degree-completion major

At Franklin University, we value your previous public safety experience. That's why we allow you to transfer 24 hours of technical credit from an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Fire Safety, Emergency Medical Services, Corrections, or other Public Safety-related field – giving you college credit for work you've already done.

You'll study advanced topics in emergency management, risk management, security planning, and threat assessment in our relevant and applicable public safety curriculum. No matter your area of expertise, you will benefit your agency and gain career mobility with a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management & Leadership from Franklin.

Don't have 24 hours of technical credits? Check out Franklin's other majors in Emergency Management & Homeland Security major and Criminal Justice Administration

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Public Safety
    • Produce annual and long-range plans and conduct regular assessment activities
    • Develop a balanced vision, mission, and strategy through thoughtful assessment of community conditions and influences, institutional goals and objectives, and fiscal solvency
    • Plan and execute policies, procedures, and public safety programs, including crime prevention, crime awareness, and community-based education and outreach
    • Assess data and reports related to current crime trends and recommend new initiatives and procedural changes to ensure public safety
    • Build emergency response alliances with transportation, law enforcement, and other partners in the critical infrastructure and professional security community
  • Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services
    • Collaborate with governmental and community organizations to ensure effective preparedness, readiness, and response outcomes during emergency events and crisis
    • Work with facilities and risk management personnel to ensure a safe, productive environment for the public through fire prevention practices and pre-planning
    • Take preventative measures to identify and correct operational deficiencies or problems
    • Investigate incidents to identify root causes and determine how similar events might be prevented in the future
    • Promote initiatives to create a culture of safety in an organization or community
    • Write technically detailed reports that provide clear information that documents the scene, actions taken, and other pertinent information
    • Develop emergency response and multiple agency response plans in collaboration with other agencies
    • Oversee emergency response awareness and training events, including drills, exercises, and instruction in order to raise emergency response awareness and performance
  • Law Enforcement
    • Support risk-related emergency situations, such as investigations, SWAT operations, narcotics, patrol response, and mass casualty situations
    • Facilitate positive and productive working relationships with other agencies and emergency services personnel
    • Investigate a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods
    • Identify community needs during emergencies and recruit agencies or volunteers to provide needed assistance
    • Analyze intelligence information in support of counter-terrorist and counter-insurgent operations
    • Prepare counterterrorism intelligence reports and provide focused analytical support to investigations and operations
    • Uncover critical intelligence gaps and recommends corrective action
    • Articulate and communicate evidence-based practices to improve programs and priorities through organizational change and leadership
  • Legal & Policy Compliance
    • Implement response and other policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations
    • Develop, execute, and monitor the operations of public safety first responders in the functional areas they work with an understanding of the different legal and regulatory arena involved
    • Direct and participate in investigatory procedures, providing testimony in state and federal courts as required

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer

    Police officers protect people and property, which includes patroling jurisdictions, responding to calls, enforcing laws, and making arrests.

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  • Sheriff’s Deputy

    Sheriff's Deputies enforce laws within a county, often in unincorporated areas outside of the major cities.

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  • Emergency Medical Services Operations Manager

    Emergency Medical Services Operations Managers develop short- and long-term emergency response models, training staff to meet defined goals and reduce response time.

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  • Safety Director

    Safety Directors develop and administer training programs to ensure occupational, industrial, and environmental safety.

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  • Corporate and Private Security Managers

    Corporate and Private Security Managers oversee security operations, from risk management to staff training to policy development in order to ensure workplace safety.

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  • Surveillance Director

    Surveillance Directors oversee the electronic and physical monitoring of an environment in an effort to prevent theft, vandalism, and forgery.

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  • Paramedic

    Paramedics provide emergency medial services to sick and wounded people, delivering on the scene care and transporting the patient to nearby medical facility.

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  • EMS Education and Training Instructor

    EMS Education and Training Instructors teach leadership and EMS continuing education courses to support the skills development and advancement opportunities of personnel.

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  • Fire Education and Training Instructor

    Fire Education and Training Instructors teach leadership and fire courses to support the skills development and advancement opportunities of personnel.

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  • Law Enforcement Training Instructor

    Law Enforcement Training Instructors teach leadership and criminal justice courses to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

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  • FBI Agent

    FBI Agents conduct surveillance, investigate criminal activity and terrorist threats, and solve cases.

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  • ATF Agent

    ATF Agents perform investigations which involve surveillance, interviewing suspects and witnesses, making arrests, obtaining and executing search warrants, and searching for physical evidence.

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  • U.S. Marshal

    U.S. Marshals enforce federal laws, apprehend federal fugitives, operate the Witness Security Program, protect the federal judiciary, and enforce court orders.

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Employment Outlook

In 2015 there were 13,007 job openings related to Public Safety Management & Leadership. The previous year, 2,378 students completed programs in Public Safety Management & Leadership.

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - October 2014

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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