School of Police Staff and Command

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is the premier management and leadership development program for aspiring sheriffs and chiefs. Graduates describe the SPSC as “essential” and as “immediately useful”. Taught by expert public safety professionals, the program is both rigorous and highly practical. In the program, participants:

  • Explore the fundamentals of management and leadership
  • Learn to think holistically about their agency and its impact
  • Develop insight into their own leadership style and develop a plan for continuous growth

Why Attend the School of Police Staff and Command?

Prepare to Lead Build Relationships Apply What You Learn
The SPSC is a proven training-ground for law enforcement leaders. Learn the hard and soft skills required to run an agency. Our curriculum is especially designed for law enforcement leaders. Your SPSC classmates are public safety professionals from around the U.S. and world and course activities allow students to learn from one another and to build relationships that last long after the course ends. As a student you‘ll develop a project that draws on your coursework to address a  critical issue facing your agency. SPSC makes it easy to apply what you learn.

Marshalltown, Iowa Program Logistics


This fall, participate in Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command at the Marshall County Sheriff's Office 

The course starts on October 5 and runs through February 12 on a 2-weeks on and 2-weeks off schedule. Tuition is $3,900 per person.

If you're interested in participating, please register by September 5. Tuition is due by the first day of the program. For more information.

Meet Your Hosts

The School of Police Staff and Command in Iowa is being co-hosted by the Marshalltown (IA) Police Department and by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Contact Chris Jones by email or by phone at 641-754-5729

Captain Christopher Jones Steve Hoffman
Marshalltown Police Department Captain Christopher Jones Marshall County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman
Chief Deputy Hoffman and I are excited to bring Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command to the State of Iowa. Through this training we hope to bring together law enforcement professionals and to identify contemporary and collaborative solutions to many of the current challenges we face as public safety leaders.
Captain Chris Jones

Meals and Lodging

Lunches will be available onsite for $3 per meal. Students will also have access to local area restaurants.

We have secured special discounted rates at the following three Marshalltown hotels. Mention the School of Police Staff and Command when making your reservation

  • Hampton Inn and Suites, 20 Iowa Ave West, Marshalltown , Iowa 50158 ($83 per night 641-753-6795)
  • Baymont Inn and Suites, 115 Iowa Ave West, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 ($55 per night 641-752-4844)
  • Best Western Regency Inn, 3303 South Center St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 ($67 per night 641-752-6321)