Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Sergeant Richard Gibbons and Lieutenant Donnie Kee from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. The ten week program was held in Evanston, IL from March 16 to May 22, 2015. The program was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983 and has graduated over 14,000 students, both nationally and internationally. Gibbons and Kee were in SPSC Class 375, which accommodated 41 students.
The SPSC provides upper-level college instruction in 27 core blocks with additional elective blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: leadership, human resources, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation.
Students are challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper, each of which are required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University. Many of the program’s graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies. The Farmington Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from their supervisors’ attendance.
The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the law enforcement community. Since its inception, the center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of police training, management training and executive development.