For more than 80 years, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety has never wavered in our dedication to creating safer and stronger communities. As a member of the NUCPS family, you understand the positive impact we have on public safety professionals and their departments and agencies. Now you can help increase the standards of community safety and the public safety profession. 

During 2017, contributions to NUCPS will help build our student scholarship funding.

Due to tight municipal and state budgets, demand for need-based scholarships is at an all-time high. We can only accommodate a fraction of these requests. However, together as partners, we can help many more public safety professionals — and their communities — benefit from the same expert level of programming and development that only Northwestern can provide.


Three Simple Ways to Donate Today

Making a contribution  to NUCPS has never been easier or more fulfilling.

1 -  Online: Click here to donate online by credit or debit card. 

(Please Note: You will be redirected to Northwestern's We Will Campaign check-out. Be sure to click the button to direct your contribution to the Center for Public Safety.)

2 -  By Phone: Call 800-222-5603

Direct your contribution to NCPS. 

3 -  Or, By Mail: Download and print this contribution form.

Please make checks payable to NUCPS and mail to:
Northwestern University
Alumni Relations & Development
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60208


Please contact NUCPS Alumni Relations

(800) 323-4011
(847) 467-2913

Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
Alumni Relations
1801 Maple Ave., Ste. 1410
Evanston, IL 60201

Those Who Took a Northwestern Direction: NUCPS Community

"I just wanted to reach out to you and share the good news that I was recently promoted to Sergeant! There were 80 officers that went through the promotional process -- and I was fortunate to score #1. I utilized the information from your course on the written and oral board exams, and I'm appreciative of your assistance. I have now been reassigned as Commander of the Community Relations Division where I served as an officer for the past six years. Thanks again for your assistance!" -- Ryan Bessette

NUCPS Make an Impact on Public Safety

Our NUCPS Community is making significant impacts both inside and outside of their agencies to better the standards of public safety and the quality of effective, trusting relations between their departments and their communities.

SPSC #255 Captain Thomas Vento, Patrol Division Commander, Brookfield (WI) Police Department

"[NUCPS] helped to give me a better 'big picture' perspective regarding my leadership role."

Among Vento's most important takeaways from SPSC were the importance of managing effectively and leading with a focus on the health and future of the agency. Vento emphasizes that "It is every leader's responsibility to teach your job to the person below you, leading in the present but also preparing the future."

On a personal level Vento says that his NUCPS experience was a lifesaver. Having survived cancer once already, he was diagnosed with a reoccurrence while in class. During his ten weeks in SPSC, he was hospitalized twice and each time took an exam in his hospital bed. "My classmates were very supportive of me and provided me with an incredible amount of assistance."

Vento attributes his promotion from lieutenant to captain to his NUCPS experience, application of what he learned, and personal determination.

SPSC Chief Lee Benson, Upper Dublin (PA) Police Department

Benson, the recently promoted chief of the Upper Dublin (PA) Police Department, knew early on that wanted to be a police officer to "help people as much as I can. Being a police officer gives you an opportunity to do that." As Upper Dublin's new chief, Benson will incorporate his NUCPS experience directly into his department and community. His experience at NUCPS was "the bets training I've had."

Crime Scene Graduate Officer Stephen Bush, Skokie (IL) Police Department

"We're the good guys and we want them to know that they can trust us to help ensure their safety."

Bush and fellow officer Terrance Alexander developed the idea of Cops with Kids over lunch one day. Their chief, EMP and SPSC #138 Anthony Scarpelli, approved their need-based holiday shopping spree. Now in its third calendar year, the program includes Bush, Scarapelli, and Alexander, along with 25 other Skokie Police officers, more than 75 needy children, and more than 30 volunteers -- all taking part in the annual 5-hour excursion. "[The] program helps us connect with the children of Skokie and lets them see us in a different environment," remarks Bush.

Tell Us Your Story

How has NUCPS impacted your career? How have you applied your NUCPS education to your agency and community? Email your story to