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Collaboratively built in 2008 and fine-tuned by input from multiple agencies, the Daniels College of Business Public Safety Leadership Development program combines world-class faculty with personal assessments, leadership exercises, analytical assignments, and challenging activities to provide a life-changing experience. The objective of this program is to further develop public safety emerging leaders in our local communities and emphasis will be placed on developing leaders and understanding team dynamics. The PSLD program was reviewed by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Office and there are funding options available for small and remote agencies through POST. The Daniels College of Business is committed to providing relevant, life-changing educational experiences to further develop extraordinary leaders within our Colorado communities.

Upcoming Programs

Winter 2022

  • February 28 – March 2, 2022 (In person)
  • March 22, 2022 (In person)
  • April 5, 2022 (In person Graduation)

Spring 2022

  • May 11-13, 2022 (In person)
  • June 22, 2022 (In person)
  • June 23, 2022 (In person Graduation)

Key Faculty

Kerry Plemmons

Kerry Plemmons has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience with success in launching and running small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. Since joining Daniels full time in 2004, Plemmons has consulted to senior executives at MillerCoors, Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC), Microsoft, DMB Development Company, Janus Capital Group, Monte Vista Cooperative, Anadarko Oil, DCP, Intrado, First Data Corporation, Western Union and more. 

Brandon Daruna

Brandon Daruna is the Chief of the Gilpin Ambulance Authority and a 20-year EMS veteran. Brandon currently serves on the Foothills RETAC Board of Directors, the Gilpin County LEPC and Emergency Services Council, the North Central Region HCC Board of Directors, the North Central Region UASI Board of Directors, and the Rocky Mountain Combined SWAT Team.  Brandon holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and is a faculty member teaching their Public Safety Leadership program.  Brandon is a certified Insights Discovery® Practitioner. 

Program Benefits

Led by experienced business school faculty and public safety leaders, this program provides: 

  • Access to some of the world’s best resources in business education and leadership development
  • Increased visibility into areas of personal strength and insight into potential areas for growth
  • Tools to develop and maintain stronger peer relationships and information to help with current challenges
  • Education to improve team organizational performance
  • Exposure to best practices in a variety of subject matter areas to assist in dealing with business and operational situations


The Daniels Public Leadership Program has had a strong and lasting effect on the Glendale Police Department and our community.  Successful completion of this program is now required for all supervisors, and those wishing to lead in our organization.  I strongly recommend this program to all members of the Public Safety Community.

W.J. Haskins, Chief of Police, Glendale Police Department

West Metro Fire has sent over a dozen people through the Public Safety Leadership program over the years.  Every one of them comes back to West Metro Fire with a renewed sense of self-confidence, and a determination to be a better leader to their direct reports.  We strongly recommend this program to all those in the Public Safety Arena.

Don Lombardi, Chief, West Metro Fire Rescue

This is the best leadership program for Public Safety Officials in Colorado – bar none.  Every public safety leader should take this class.  

Bureau Chief Vince Line, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

More Details

Program Structure

This program compresses the very best content and resources into five days of immersive learning. The first session takes place at The Nature Place, where participants will be removed from their day-to-day lives and immersed in the program. The Nature Place is a comfortable mountain retreat and conference center located on a 6,000 acre privately owned ranch, one hour west of Colorado Springs. Visit for more information. Sessions 2 and 3 will be either virtual (fall) or in-person (winter and spring, as University policies allow). These sessions include both individual participation and group/team work. The dates and assignments are strategically spaced to allow participants to apply what they have learned and to return to the team with stories of success and insightful questions, further customizing the program as it progresses. The final session, which occurs on site, includes a graduation ceremony where supervisors and leadership teams are invited to attend.

Participants do not earn any academic credit at the University of Denver for taking this workshop. 

Detailed Program Schedule


  • Session 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 28 – March 2, 2022 at The Nature Place (an offsite mountain retreat center)
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Full day in-person at University of Denver
  • Session 4: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Full day in-person at University of Denver


  • Session 1: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 11-13, 2022 at The Nature Place (an offsite mountain retreat center)
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Full day in-person at University of Denver
  • Session 4: Thursday, June 23, 2022 Full day in-person at University of Denver
Cost & Grant Information

$2,000 for Police, EMS, and Fire, and Peace Officers. This program fee includes all program materials, lodging and meals offsite. Transportation is at your own expense.

In conjunction with POST there are opportunities for sworn peace officers to attend through the use of a grant. This grant is tailored towards rural and remote areas of Colorado. This program is POST reviewed. Participants interested in pursuing grant funding should contact Kimberly Hernandez at for eligibility requirements. We will work with you and your agency on an individual basis.

Email Kimberly for More Info

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for this workshop, you may transfer your enrollment to a future session, send someone to take your place, or cancel anytime up to seven business days prior to the start of the first class.

Classes requiring an assessment such as Insights cannot be refunded after the assessment has be taken. Your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class and you cannot send someone in your place.

If you provide us with less than seven business day’s notice or fail to attend, you will be liable for the entire workshop fee and your enrollment will be automatically transferred to the next class.

If you are attending using a POST grant, please contact Executive Education for cancellation information.

Contact Us

Assistant Director
Executive Education
Joy Burns Center 307