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Center for Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training is to provide today’s law enforcement and Criminal Justice personnel with current, relevant and quality training as determined by research and training needs assessments and to establish ongoing working relationships with the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), law enforcement agencies, Standards and Training for Corrections (STC), and other law enforcement professional associations.


The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training was created in February 1967 as the Institute of Police Studies.  The Center has a long and successful tradition of involvement with various aspects of police research, education and training.  Since inception, the Center has been instrumental in the development and presentation of programs to municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  The Center’s specialized programs encompass technical, analytical, operational, managerial and administrative areas of law enforcement.

The Center is under the umbrella of the College of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at California State University, Long Beach.  The Center itself is operated through the CSULB Foundation.  The primary function of the Center is to design and present in-service training seminars and conferences that meet the training standards of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  Using subject matter experts (SME), training is provided to law enforcement personnel to provide them with the insight and necessary skills to achieve and maintain excellence as leaders in public safety.

The Center is responsible for the coordination, scheduling and planning of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) programs throughout the state.  This is an eight week course with assigned readings and intensive leadership coursework.

The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) is a program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. Designed and implemented in 1988 through the efforts of California law enforcement professionals and top educators and trainers, the SBSLI is an intense program based on experiential learning techniques. Students are challenged to learn new ways to resolve issues through group and individual work.

The curriculum takes students through an analysis of management (planning, organizing, directing, etc.) and leadership (inspiring, challenging, developing, etc.) and how each discipline compliments the other. The course progresses from self-evaluation, to interpersonal evaluation, to organizational relationships.

Working in close cooperation with POST, the Center provides training to more than 2000 law enforcement personnel annually, in twelve different instructional programs.  Instructional staff consists of judges, attorneys, law enforcement managers, forensic experts, crime analysts and profilers which have helped develop the Center, as well as the University, into a highly respected institution.  Funding for the training is generated from tuition charges or contracts obtained from POST. 

The Director of the Center is involved with various law enforcement associations that serve to identify trends in law enforcement, develop training to address emerging issues, and toward the advancement of this profession.  Much of the research of the Center is directed toward the identification of future training needs and in building cooperative partnerships with stakeholders in the community.

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Contact Information

Center for Criminal Justice
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, HSD 118
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4940
Fax: (562) 985-2448

Office Hours
By appointment only


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POST has suspended reimbursement on a number of courses.  Please check the POST web site to determine current reimbursements for classes.