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IACP Foundation and Northwestern University Invest in Future Law Enforcement Leaders

By Mark A. Marshall, Sheriff, Isle of Wight, Virginia; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation

From left to right: Sergeant Mike Doty, South Elgin, Illinois, Police Department; Patricia Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation; Chief Russell B. Laine, Algonquin, Illinois, Police Department; and Lieutenant Brian Mikula, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison, Wisconsin
Courtesy Jason Stamps, Director, Professional Training Division, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

ne sergeant plus one lieutenant plus 10 weeks of no-cost training add up to an invaluable investment in local law enforcement leadership. The IACP Foundation is proud to recognize the two candidates who received full scholarships to the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s (NUCPS’s) renowned 10-week School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC).

The SPSC prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by combining academic principles with practical applications. The program is intended for mid- and upper-level supervisory personnel, and students typically have at least two years of supervisory experience. The SPSC focuses on four main components: understanding management, law enforcement management and environment, human resource management, and skills for planning and analysis.

Sergeant Mike Doty of the South Elgin, Illinois, Police Department and Lieutenant Brian Mikula of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in Madison, Wisconsin, successfully completed the demanding training course, graduating with the entire cadre of the SPSC Class no. 322 in a December 2011 commencement celebration held near Northwestern’s main campus in Evanston, Illinois.

The keynote speaker, Chief Russell B. Laine of the Algonquin, Illinois, Police Department, addressed the graduating class, speaking specifically to the importance of ethics, mentoring, and leading by example. Chief Laine, a past president of the IACP and a past chair of the IACP Foundation, also noted in his remarks that the SPSC Class no. 322, “really had it easy.” He recalled, “I attended SPSC in 1980–1981. Back then, it was called the Traffic Police Administration Training Program, and the course was nine months long! But I can say without a moment’s hesitation that it was one of the most valuable personal and professional experiences of my career.”

The NUCPS executive director David P. Bradford, retired chief of the Glen Carbon, Illinois, Police Department, acknowledged the importance and richness of the history that the NUCPS shares with the IACP. “The center has been a partner with the IACP since 1936 when the Traffic Safety Program of the IACP was first established, and we continue our dedicated involvement in highway safety initiatives in many other ways. But I am particularly proud to be able to provide this caliber of leadership training to two very deserving individuals; you cannot put a price on truly investing in your staff.”

In Their Words: Scholarship Recipients Talk about Lessons Learned

Sergeant Mike Doty, South Elgin, Illinois, Police Department: “The first thing I would like to say is that I would not have been able to attend SPSC due to departmental fiscal constraints without this scholarship. NUCPS’s gift to the Foundation made this incredible training possible for me, and I appreciate the fact that the center understands how important these partnerships are in a time of very limited resources.

“The SPSC was a fantastic experience; the instructors were outstanding and every one of my classmates was approachable and eager to learn. Regardless of rank, when we walked in the door, we all came together and learned from one another as a team.

“Two classes in particular were valuable to me throughout the course. Interpersonal and Police Organization really helped me gain insight into the different aspects of individual personalities and how to effectively approach, manage, and deal with a variety of challenges. The course demonstrated how to more precisely communicate with and meet the needs of certain types of people and how to recognize characteristic traits of each personality type. Also, the Budget Preparation class very clearly and comprehensively laid out the entire process of fiscal planning from planning, prioritizing, and implementing the budget to how to plan for issues that may face my agency in the future.”

Lieutenant Brian Mikula, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison, Wisconsin: “Graduating from the SPSC Class no. 322 was one of the proudest moments in my 20-year law enforcement career. My goal in attending the SPSC was to make the best of this educational journey so I would come back to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office a better leader, manager, and mentor.

“I learned a great deal during the sixth week of instruction when we covered Police Resource Analysis and Police Resource Deployment. Coming from an agency with more than 450 sworn staff covering major areas of jail, patrol, and courthouse functions, I had wondered about the science and theory behind staff allocation and deployment. Calculation formulas and data collection requirements were presented to our class in a manner that made the instruction understandable. I was impressed with the material presented that highlighted the pros and cons of the traditional 8-hour shifts versus 10- and 12-hour shifts.

“I would like to thank the IACP Foundation and the NUCPS for the scholarship to attend the SPSC. Not only did the scholarship help offset the costs of the program, but it gave me an opportunity to attend a program that has given me new perspectives, appreciations, and insights to help me contribute in a more effective and efficient way to my agency and my community.” ■

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.

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Mark A. Marshall, "IACP Foundation and Northwestern University Invest in Future Law Enforcement Leaders" IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 79 (March 2012): 10.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 3, March 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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