School of Police Staff and Command – Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

School of Police Staff and Command – Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

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10-02-17 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Poplar 100, Peoria, IL 61614


Michael J. Oyer, Director
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

School of Police Staff and Command

ILETSB Certified
Meets ILETSB Curriculum Requirements for Public Act 096-1111, which goes into effect 1/1/2012

Instructor: NUCPS

July 17-21 & 24-28, Aug 14-18 & 21-25, Sept 11-15 & 18-22, Oct 2-6 & 9-13, Oct 30-Nov 3 & Nov 6-10, 2017
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment will be handled by NUCPS
Course Size: Maximum – 40

Course Description

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications. Since the program launched in 1983, the SPSC has received enthusiastic response from executives and participants throughout the country. In 2012, the program was redesigned and the course curriculum updated to better incorporate adult- and problem-based learning models.

Course Content


  • Contemporary Policing
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Employee Relations
  • Evaluating Products and Services
  • Executive Image
  • Grant Writing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Media Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Planning and Policies
  • Project Management
  • Resource Allocation
  • Statistics
  • Traffic

Who Should Attend

SPSC is a dynamic police management program designed to prepare today’s progressive public
safety managers for senior command positions and is intended for mid- and upper-level supervisory

It is expected that participating students have at least two years of supervisory experience and are
prepared to complete upper-division (i.e., junior and senior level) university course work.

Upper division university course work presumes that a student has the ability to:

  • Write a research paper
  • Perform arithmetic operations and understand elementary algebraic notation
  • Read, comprehend and retain assigned materials based on textbooks, professional journals,trade magazines and other sources
  • Schedule time to complete out-of-class reading and writing assignments

SPSC is not appropriate for entry-level officers, deputies or troopers. It is recommended that
personnel who have recently been appointed to their first supervisory position attend NUCPS’s Supervision of Police Personnel on-ground or online.

To ensure that SPSC students have sufficient time to attend class and complete out-of-class assignments, students should be released from their normal job responsibilities. Students are required to have access to the internet for grade retrieval and course communication.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete SPSC are better prepared to:

  • Think globally rather than remain task-oriented
  • Deliver services effectively and efficiently
  • Get things done with people
  • Analyze the environment
  • Mitigate legal exposure
  • Develop systems of accountability


NUCPS courses are directed and taught by professional staff members of the Center for Public

Many instructors are former law enforcement officers with an aggregate of over 200 years of enforcement experience. Guest lecturers, including several NUCPS graduates, supplement the faculty and come from law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and national organizations.


MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Mobile In-Service Training Team#7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board