NUCPS Alumni Community

NUCPS Alumni


Northwestern University Center for Public Safety graduates are part of an elite group of professionals who improve public safety in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. The NUCPS community, though, extends beyond the sum of our classes. Together, our faculty, staff, alumni, and students create a powerful community of leading public safety professionals. Our commitment to our graduates does not stop at the end of a course or program. We strive to be a life-long connection for our entire community, with the networking and resources only Northwestern can provide.

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FIVE NUCPS Graduates in IACP's Annual 40 Under 40 List

The September 2017 issue of Police Chief Magazine features recipients of the IACP's annual 40 Under 40 award. The award recognizes law enforcement leaders from around the world for their leadership and contributions to their agencies and communities.

This year, five honorees are graduates of a NUCPS program. We congratulate:

Burdess Rob Burdess
Chief, Newton (IA) Police Department
Age: 39
NUCPS Program: SPSC Online #373

“I am honored to be part of a profession where so many give their lives to something greater than themselves...being there for others in their time of need and making a positive difference in the lives of others is what drives me to come back day-after-day.”

In 2015, at age 37, Chief Burdess was the youngest to Newton Police Department to become chief. Under his leadership, the department has implemented its first narcotics K9 program in more than 25 years and has also instituted its first motorcycle program in more than 70 years. Chief Burdess is an internationally recognized K9 trainer and has spent two decades training officers and developing bloodhound units in the U.S. and Europe.

Gaughan Jeremy M. Gaughan
Sergeant, Gurnee (IL) Police Department
Age: 38
NUCPS Program: SPP

“I want an officer or soldier who is subordinate to me to do so well that they pass me up and I work for them or at the very least become a great supervisor themselves. I think that is the true sign of a successful leader.”

Over the past several years, Sergeant Gaughan developed and implemented the village’s first Police Explorer program, for which he shoulders the responsibility for the application process, scheduling, and budgeting. As the program leader, Gaughan is committed to fostering future leadership. In addition to the Police Explorer program, he has excelled in his varied roles with Gurnee, including the then-largest seizure ($780,000 in assets) from a drug defendant in Lake County, IL. Gaughan is also a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Johnson Brent Johnson
Chief, Hopkins (MN) Police Department
Age: 39
NUCPS Program: SPSC Online #361

“Going above and beyond is the expectation, not the exception.”

Johnson walks the walk of his personal motto. “Every day, I work toward making improvements for the betterment of the organization and the community.”  This community consists of about 20,000 individuals who speak more than 44 different languages. To best meet their needs, Johnson supports the Joint Community Police Partnership and attempts to recruit diverse law enforcement candidates. He is dedicated to the young people in Hopkins and has initiated several programs that emphasize positive relationships with officers, including Operation Recess and a Cops ‘n Kids fishing program.

munecas Daniel Muñecas
Lieutenant, Doral (FL) Police Department
Age: 39
NUCPS Program: SPSC Online

“Helping others brings me joy, and I truly believe that my actions can have a huge impact on both my community and the world we live in.”

Lieutenant Muñecas is dedicated to helping at-risk members of Doral, FL. He is currently the commander of the agency’s Neighborhood Resource Unit, which oversees school resource units and all community policing duties. For Muñecas, this translates to responsibility for 16 schools and their youth programs, home-owners’ association meetings, and all training and community events. He personally has developed a large number and variety of programs aimed at improving the health and safety of the city’s children. Muñecas also teaches D.A.R.E. to fifth-grade students and is an instructor for Kids and the Power of Work program.

velez Maureen Velez
Sergeant, Critical Incident Response Team 4, Tennessee Highway Patrol
Age: 39
NUCPS Program: SPSC #382

“I wanted to use my days on this earth to break the mold of the status quo. As a female, as a photographer, as someone who wants a world that is just, I felt that law enforcement would be the only way I could answer that calling.”

During the nine years that Sergeant Velez has served in the Tennessee Highway Patrol, she has passed up multiple promotion opportunities out of a desire to work on behalf of those who have been wrongfully taken from life. As both a crash professional and as a photographer, she is dedicated to justice and compassion. She is the only certified crime scene investigator in her department and is frequently is called upon as an expert witness to help build solid cases in traffic-related trials. Additionally, she serves as an instructor in the highway patrol’s crash reconstruction and investigation training courses and has worked with rescue squads to help develop more coordinated crash scene responses.

From the Field — Recent Promotions

Sheriff Ty Trenary  of the Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's Office was the recipient of the 2017 Officer Traffic Safety Award from Destination Zero, an initiave sponsored in by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Trenary is a graduate of SPSC #321

William (Billy) Seal has been named the new Long Beach, MS, police chief. Seal has been with Long Beach since 1996 and previously served in the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. A graduate of SPSC #198, he will assume his new role on October 1. He replaces current chief Wayne McDowell, from SPSC #178.

Wilmette (IL) Deputy Police Chief Kyle Murphy (SPSC #217) has been appointed Chief, succeeding Chief Brian King. King, a graduate of SPSC #93 as well as other NUCPS courses, has been appointed the new chief of the Hinsdale (IL) Police Department. 

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