From the Field — Promotions & Updates 2017

Moves & Promotions in Valparaiso, IN:

This August, Valparaiso, Indiana, Mayor Jon Costas swore in Jeffrey Balon (left) and Mike DeHaven as Chief and Assistant Chief, respectively. Balon is a 25-year veteran of the Valparaiso Police Department and was most recently captain of the detective division. He is a graduate of SPSC Class #333. DeHaven, a graduate of SPSC #262, and has been with the Valparaiso Police Department for 21 years, where he has most recently served as captain of the patrol division. 

Balon succeeds long-time Valparaiso Chief Mike Brickner (SPSC #209), who has accepted a position as head of the new Porter County (IN) Emergency Communications and Public Safety Department. DeHaven replaces SPSC #223 Richard Spicer, who has been selected as the new assistant director of transportation and safety training with Valparaiso Community Schools. 

Sgt. Philip Spence of the Valparaiso (IN) Police Department was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant on July 1, 2017. He is a graduate of SPSC Class #365 and has been with the Valpariaso PD for 22 years. 

NUCPS Alum Is Dover's First African-American Police Chief

New Dover Police Chief Marvin MaileyOn May 4, the Dover, Delaware, City Council unanimously selected Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey as the city's first African American chief. Mailey, a graduate of SPSC #364, has been with the Dover Police Department for nearly 24 years. Both the Dover FOP and the community welcome Mailey's promotion. In an article in the Delaware State News, community member Rita Mishoe Paige observed, “This is a historic moment for the city of Dover. This is just what we needed at the right time. I’ve gotten to know (Chief Mailey) pretty well. I’ve sat right beside him on a couple of cases and I’ve been meeting with him every month, so I know he’s a man of integrity, a man of his word, and he’s going to be fair and just.” Master Cpl. David Gist, Dover FOP president, said an internal promotion always helps with the overall moral of the department.  “We’re happy that it’s an internal pick and we couldn’t ask for a better leader. Marvin Mailey’s respected and he’s a true leader."


NUCPS SPSC PromotionJust days before her SPSC graduation, SPSC #415 Tara Anderson was promoted to Lieutenant in the Buffalo Grove (IL) Police Department. Several members of #415, which graduated Friday, May 19, made the trip to Buffalo Grove on Monday, May 15, to witness Anderson take her promotional oath at the Village board meeting. Anderson is pictured above in Buffalo Grove with fellow #415 members.

SPSC #148 alumnus Lee Benson was promoted to Chief of the Upper Dublin (PA) Police Department. Benson was sworn in on March 28. In an article in the Montgomery, PA, Ambler-Gazette, Benson referred to his 2001 experience at NUCPS as "probably the best training I've had."

Northbrook (IL) Police Department Chief and SPSC #44 graduate Charles Wernick promoted SPP graduate Craig Roscoe to Sergeant in April.

Nicholas Armold PromotedNUCPS Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award recipient and SPSC graduate Nicholas Armold was promoted to Public Safety Director for Portage, Michigan, on March 14. He had been serving as senior deputy chief of operations for Portage Public Safety. In addition to the Kreml Leadership Award, Armold was named Officer of the Year and Distinguished Employee of the Year while serving with the Huntington Woods Department of Public safety.


From the Classroom

NUCPS Forensic Instructor Retires

On April 28, NUCPS staff celebrated forensic expert Judy Bunker's retirement from NUCPS instruction. Among those in attendance was Bunker's husband and fellow forensic instructor Don Ostermeyer. Bunker has been an instructor with NUCPS since 1985. 

Recent Additions to our Faculty

Captain Forrest Bohannon:  The face of the Sandy Springs (Georgia) Police Department joins the cadre to teach media relations.

Sergeant Nick Gates: Sgt. Gates is a numbers genius from Dickinson, North Dakota, and teaches resource allocation and traffic.

Deputy Chief Armando Sanders: What’s not to love? As a former SPSC class president, D/C Sanders returns to us from the Montgomery (IL), to share his command experience in the Leadership class.

Tell Us about Your New Position!

Let the NUCPS Community  know about your new position! E-mail us at nucps-alumni@northwestern.eduBe sure to include your new title, date of promotion, organization, and optionally, a recent photo.