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Innovative Fiscal Strategies   

Budgeting is a crucial component of any public safety agency and has consequences that can impact an agency’s ability to reduce crime and improve services. This course will provide you with a comprehensive examination of the budget process and introduce innovative strategies for fiscal responsibilities. We will examine a variety of public safety budgets and their specific applications, as well as the budgeting cycle, review and approval processes. You will learn about budgetary needs, including personnel cost(s), staffing levels, pending retirements, associated fringe costs and benefits, operating costs and capital purchase requirements. You will also learn about the importance of community involvement, how to plan for unforeseen emergencies, and other demands.

Oversight and management is another important aspect of budgetary duties. These duties include compiling, review, drafting, submission, implementation, approving expenditures, auditing, revisions, modifications and administrative oversight. We will explore alternative funding sources for budgeting, including grants, cost recovery, volunteer programs, and evaluation of position reclassifications.

As part of this class, you will be required to work in teams to develop and present an agency budget utilizing the information skillsets learned in the content segments of the course.

Topics Include

  • Overview of innovative fiscal strategies
  • Types of public safety budgets and applications
  • Identifying your agency’s budgetary needs
  • Budgetary responsibilities and oversight
  • Alternative funding sources and strategies
  • Developing and presenting your budget


This course is designed and customized for law enforcement, public safety managers and line supervisors, middle managers, administrators or civilian personnel with program or project development, leadership and oversight responsibility.

Course Length

16 hours




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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