Sheriff Mike Evans and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office announced today the recent graduation of First Sergeant Todd Ireland from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. F/Sergeant Todd Ireland has successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program held in Sykesville, MD from February 13, 2006 - April 28, 2006. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 7500 students both nationally and internationally. F/Sergeant Todd Ireland was a student in SPSC Class 224th, which accommodated a total of 32 students for the ten-week period.
The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-two core or mandatory blocks of instruction and utilizes nine additional optional blocks of instruction during each session. The major topics of study include: Management and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources for Law Enforcement, Budgeting, Staffing Allocation and Personnel Deployment.
Each student is academically challenged through a total of eighteen written examinations, projects, and quizzes in addition to two research papers that are a required part of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 8 units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
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.
Sheriff Evans anticipates a variety of benefits from F/Sergeant Todd Ireland's attendance at this program.
PHOTO: Major T. Hejl (right) attended the graduation ceremony for First Sergeant Todd Ireland (left) in Sykesville, Maryland.