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IACP Foundation: Foundation and NUCPS Partner for Free Training

Patricia Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation

en weeks of no-cost training serving 37 command staff officers representing 16 law enforcement agencies are just some of the numbers that spring to mind as a result of the recent graduation of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s (NUCPS) 288th School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) that took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the end of October.

In early 2009, NUCPS donated to the IACP Foundation a full course of their 10-week SPSC class to be administered in the Louisiana gulf region. In the wake of that donation, Foundation staff conducted an open call for registration for the training that, while concentrated in the gulf region, resulted in the recruitment of attendees from as far away as the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Chief Russell B. Laine addresses the SPSc graduating

Foundation chair and IACP immediate past president Chief Russell B. Laine spoke at the October graduation ceremony and observed, “I went through this training myself in the early days of my career as a law enforcement leader and without a doubt, it is some of the most demanding and rewarding instruction I have ever completed.”

The SPSC course is wide-ranging and comprehensive, including such diverse topics as Ethics, Traffic Management, Media Relations, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Budget, and Current Topics in Law Enforcement just to name a few.

“NUCPS is proud to partner with the Foundation on this, and other no-cost training and research initiatives, as a way to give back to the law enforcement community,” noted Richard Johnson, Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University, “Collaborations that bring together academia and law enforcement practitioners benefit everyone in the end. We get a feel for emerging issues in the field and active command staff officers, hopefully, walk away with some very valuable instruction.”

NUCPS absorbed all costs associated with instructor fees and travel for the program, and Louisiana State Police Colonel Michael D. Edmonson worked closely with NUCPS and Foundation staff to arrange for complimentary classroom space at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy for the entire 10-week course.

Foundation director Patricia Casstevens accepts
a donation for injured Chicago Police Officer Densey Cole

Following a tradition established for every SPSC course, the students of Class 288 adopted a charitable cause during their program, raising $4,400 for Chicago police officer Densey Cole. Officer Cole was critically injured in a motor vehicle crash while responding to a robbery in progress and, in a horrific twist, was robbed and further injured by a local youth while he was trapped in his police SUV waiting for emergency response.

The IACP Foundation is proud to continue its commitment to moving leaders forward with partnerships that provide professional development opportunities for law enforcement officers and command staff. ■

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.

SPSC Class 288



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 1, January 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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