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IACP Foundation: Scholarship Awards for Professional Development

By Major General Joseph C. Carter, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard; Chair, IACP Foundation; and Immediate Past President, IACP

art of the IACP Foundation’s mission to advance professional policing includes a mandate to encourage and support the continued professional development of active law enforcement officers. This support has been made possible by public-private partnerships developed with both Grantham University and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety as contributors to the IACP Foundation’s scholarship series.

Recently, a subcommittee of the IACP Foundation board received and reviewed numerous applications for the three educational scholarships offered by the foundation, and they are pleased to announce that three very deserving law enforcement professionals will benefit from these programs.

Grantham University Scholarship

Captain Andreu
Grantham University, an online university that allows students to progress at their own pace, has provided support for continuing professional development for law enforcement officers through the donation of a one-year full scholarship, including tuition, books, and software. Captain Nelson Andreu of the West Miami, Florida, Police Department has been named as the recipient of the 2008 Grantham University Scholarship.

Captain Andreu has served in the law enforcement profession for over 28 years, and his command staff describe him as “of the highest caliber,” “always striving to improve himself,” and “having spearheaded many new initiatives within the department.” He has worked in homicide, internal affairs, and administration and is currently pursuing a college education. If successful, he will be the first in his immediate family to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

Northwestern University Center for Public Safety has provided two full scholarships for its prestigious 10-week School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC), including room and board, on-site in Evanston, Illinois. Captain Charles “Andy” Robinson and Commander Christopher McCann have been named as the recipients of the 2008 Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Scholarships.

Captain Robinson
Captain Robinson is currently an administrative captain at the Fort Mill, South Carolina, Police Department and has been voted Fort Mill Police Officer of the Year twice by his peers. The town of Fort Mill has seen an explosion of growth in recent years, and Captain Robinson’s responsibilities have grown along with it; he is responsible for the department’s budget; supervision of school resource officers, personnel, and internal affairs; and the development of departmental policies and procedures.

Commander McCann
Commander Christopher McCann has risen through the ranks of the Normandy, Missouri, Police Department over the course of his 11-year career and currently oversees special operations, investigations, internal affairs, communications, and human resources. Normandy chief of police Douglas Lebert attended the SPSC and believes that Commander McCann will benefit immeasurably from “one of the three top command schools in the country.”

The IACP Foundation is proud to be able to provide high-quality, no-cost training to agencies and individuals at a time when departmental resources are strained and training dollars are often allocated based on competing needs.

Support for many of the foundation’s programs come from IACP members as well as through the generous support of corporate and educational partners, who have demonstrated a vested interest in the advancement of professional policing. ■

The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 9, September 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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