School of Police Staff and Command

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is an intensive program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications.

Since the program launched in 1983, the SPSC has received enthusiastic response from executives and trainers throughout the country. In 2012, the SPSC was redesigned and the course curriculum updated to better incorporate adult- and problem-based learning models.

Leadership Training Where You Need It

NUCPS offers the School of Police Staff and Command online and on-ground throughout the U.S. and the world.

Which SPSC is Right For You?

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Host a SPSC

If you are interested in hosting a SPSC on-site at the location of your choice, contact Shelly Camden at nucps@northwestern.edu or 800-323-4011.

Why Attend the School of Police Staff and Command?

Build Relationships Improve Your Agency Earn College Credit
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. Because each student's research project addresses a timely and critical issue facing the student's agency, the knowledge gained can be put to use immediately. Graduates of SPSC are eligible to receive 6 units of undergraduate credit (approximately 16 semester credit hours).

Training the Next Generation of Public Safety Leaders

At NUCPS, we see it as our mission to create the next generation of global public safety leaders. Whatever stage you are at in your career, NUCPS courses will enable you to maximize your knowledge, skills and abilities. We invite you to explore the courses listed below and make a plan to join us in the coming year.

Management Training

Supervision of Police Personnel (SPP), currently undergoing a full review and revision, prepares first-line personnel to make the successful transition from officer to supervisor. SPP is also available online.

The Executive Management Program provides policy-making executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage an agency within the ever-changing public safety environment.

Crash Investigation

NUCPS offers a definitive sequence of Crash Investigation courses that set the standard for the field and in the courtroom.

The series builds from basic investigation and reconstruction to various topics in advanced reconstruction and event data recorder data analysis.

Many courses offer ACTAR continuing education units (ACTAR CEUs) upon successful completion.

Police Training

NUCPS Police Training courses offer expert instruction on a wide range of topics.

Our forensic science courses teach the skills needed to analyze a crime scene and related evidence and to competently testify in court.

We also partner with Harley Davidson to offer the country’s premier police motorcycle operator and instructor training program.

Transportation Engineering

NUCPS Transportation Engineering courses educate students in the planning, design and operation of transportation systems.

Course topics include geometric design, highway capacity, roundabouts, railroad crossings, crash reconstruction and more

All courses offer professional development hours (PDHs) upon successful completion.