This spring, NUCPS will offer a new series of classes on the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. All three classes are now open for registration.
- sUAS FAA Knowledge Test Preparation Get ready to pass Part 107, the commercial drone operator test mandated by the FAA.
- May 15-16, 2017. Evanston, IL. Tuition: $550. Click for class description.
- sUAS Crash Investigation Remote Pilot Learn to pilot a drone and to use it to capture photographic and video evidence from a crash scene.
- June 5-6, 2017. Evanston, IL Tuition: $1,800. Click for class description.
- Aerial Photogrammetrist Course Learn to decipher evidence collected by a drone to develop 3D models of a crash scene. Transform your reconcstruction practice with this groundbreaking approach.
- June 7-9, 2017. Evanston, IL Tuition: $700. Click for class description.
Small unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, are poised to transform the practice of traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. Investigators equipped with a sUAS can obtain an otherwise unavailable view of an entire crash scene. Reconstructionists skilled at aerial photogrammetry, the science of getting measurements from photographs, can use this data to develop 2D and 3D models of the terrain that significantly enhance forensic analysis.
The use of sUAS technology represents a significant advance for law enforcement agencies. Thanks to the use of sUAS it’s now possible to document a crash scene in a fraction of the time, as measurements previously done by hand are captured in a matter of minutes by a properly set up and navigated sUAS. Faster investigations mean shorter road closures and a reduction in police resources required at the scene. Information collected by a drone can be conveniently downloaded into several systems for processing and for conversion into a map based on millions of data points. Additionally, aerial capture means reconstructionists no longer need to be limited to the decisions made by investigators at the scene. Drone data capture enables reconstructionists to measure the distance between two points of interest at any point in the reconstruction process.
In spring 2017, the Center for Public Safety, in cooperation with Aerial Metrics, is offering a series of three courses designed to prepare traffic crash investigators, reconstructionists, and forensic experts to sUAS.
If you would like to receive more information about upcoming sUAS programs at the Center for Public Safety, please sign up here.
The September issue of Police Chief Magazine features recipients of the IACP's inaugural 40 Under 40 award. The award recognizes law enforcement leaders from around the world for their contributions to their agencies and communities
We’re proud to see two NUCPS graduates included in the list of honorees.
Trooper Deborah Huff, Nevada Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol Division
"I want to be able to pass along my passion and motivation for DWI enforcement to the next generation."- Deborah Huff
Trooper Huff is committed to the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers. She serves as the major incident reconstruction team investigator for Highway Patrol Division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. She’s a graduate of Northwestern’s traffic crash reconstruction curriculum.
Assistant Chief of Police Jesse A. Wellen, Watford City (ND) Police Department
"I chose law enforcement because it is a self-fulfilling career, where you take pride in the work that you do and the difference you can make helping others."- Jesse Wellen
A graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command Assistant Chief Wellen was a decorated soldier in the U.S. Army before joining the Watford City (ND) Police Department. In addition to his duties as assistant chief, Wellen commands the detective division.
We congratulate Deborah, Jesse and the rest of the awardees on this honor.
Are you a proud School of Police Staff and Command grad? Would you like to let the world know. Now you can include SPSC in your email signature. Either download and embed the image or link to it online. Here's how.
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Chief Dale Call, formerly of the Westport, CT Police Department, addressed graduates of the School of Police Staff and Command on-ground and online at the 2016 spring graduation. If you ever wondered what it's like to participate in the SPSC Online, take a look at Chief Call's remarks.
Any parent of most children of a certain age lived through the annual Harry Potter ritual, whether it was the latest book or the latest movie. And if you did, then you have to know, if by no other means than osmosis, that Hogwarts had four houses. And you must know that on every other day, there would be an online quiz about what house you belonged to, and you must know that the house that no kid wanted to be was Hufflepuff. I overheard a lot of these conversations around my kids and their friends no one wanted to be a Hufflepuff because it just wasn't as cool as the other houses. For some reason, a lot of people consider online degrees and programs as the Hufflepuff of education not cool, not flashy, not the same as being in a classroom. Well, maybe those of us who have done the online program are members of Hufflepuff, but that's a good thing to be.
Why? Because in the world of Harry Potter, a Hufflepuff has strong loyalties, a disinterest in public glory, is hardworking and fair-minded. Hufflepuffs are fierce friends with the other members of their house. Hufflepuffs are the most egalitarian, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and places. That's a pretty good description of the students in the online program.
Hard working is an apt description. I spent 11 weeks away from home attending the FBI National Academy, and I spent 22 weeks at home, online with Staff and Command. The 22 weeks online was much, much tougher. I've had a lot of experience with online learning, but the online SPSC experience is a lot more intensive. We quickly discovered that what we thought we'd be doing and how much time we thought we'd be spending online, paled with what was really required. To my wife's delight, I learned what stress eating is at 11 PM on a Sunday night trying to complete a paper or finish up a discussion board! Balancing a full day's work, family obligations and the intensive work demanded by the program is simply not for everyone. You earn that piece of paper at the end of the class.
A lot of my classmates paid their tuition themselves in order to improve their abilities and expand their knowledge. One of my NA classmates, who had also been through SPSC, told me that the NA was where you went to build connections, but Northwestern was where you went to learn. I get that now. The ones who stick with the untold hours in front of a computer and deal with the subsequent carpal tunnel syndrome they understand what JFK meant when he wrote "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." This is a program where you learn, and the leadership follows.
Although online is a lot of work, it also has advantages. In the online environment, the awkwardness of speaking out in class doesn't exist. After the first couple of weeks there is a lot of open and honest discussion and more often than not those discussions branch off into other discussions. Very few of our classmates sit in the back of the class and just observe; you just can't do that online. No, most of us are vocal. About everything. And opinionated about everything. On controversial topics (and on some that weren't), there wasn't always a lot of consensus. And here, that's a good thing, and a stimulating thing, to have happen. Rank meant very little in these discussions: there was no such thing as chiefly wisdom just because some of us wore them on our collars those stars didn't mean much to anyone else!
Attending online also gave us the ability to instantly put into practice what we learned. You're still at work, so anything that is new, or better, or just plain interesting can be implemented right away. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 4 or 5 changes or additions I made within my own department based on something I learned in the class.
Online means, if you are a little forward thinking, that you not only have the course material to refer to in the future, but you also have every discussion you had on every topic available as well. I actually saved the majority of discussion boards, because, frankly, there is a lot of good stuff in there (and maybe just a little because I'm a packrat and hate to throw anything away). My classmates came from all over the country with experience from less than ten years to more than thirty years. Everyone had valuable insight from their different perspectives on the issues of the day.
Although we did not share a physical classroom, our bond grew as we got to know one another in our virtual world. We built strong friendships with people we may never meet in person. Yesterday I was talking to Bill Bonaguidi of Class 379, who shared a sad story that really illustrates the strength of those bonds:
When Bill was deciding whether to attend SPSC in the classroom or taking the online version, his Chief described the strong relationships he formed in the on ground course. He was worried Bill wouldn't get that online. Nevertheless, he allowed Bill the opportunity to take the online class for which Bill is very grateful. Bill told me that, without a doubt, the 22 weeks spent communicating with his classmates online formed a bond that will last for the rest of his life. He knows he can reach out to any one of his classmates for assistance and they would immediately jump to assist. I couldn't say it any better, so I'll just let Bill say it:
This bond is certainly unique. In my case, I never spoke with my classmates over the phone or in person. All communication was via discussion board, email, or text. One might think that a friendship would not develop in this manner, but a sad story about one of our classmates from Class 379 illustrates the point.
Commander Joe Groom of the Aurora, IL Police Department quickly established himself as leader in our class. His experience, wisdom, and compassion for our profession was evident in every post. I had the honor of working with him on our last group project. His work was impeccable. At the end of the project, we agreed to make an effort to meet in the near future since our departments are not that far from each other.
A short time after we completed the class, I reached out to Joe, via email of course, and told him I'd be in the area of his department for a project I'm working on. Unlike Joe, he didn't respond. I thought that maybe his email was caught up in our new SPAM filter at work, but I couldn't find a response.
The next week, I went to my meeting and called Joe at work when I finished. When I introduced myself and asked for Joe, there was an awkward silence followed by, "I'm sorry, Joe passed away last week. I learned that Joe suffered an unexpected heart attack while exercising on his treadmill. At that point, I experienced the emotions of losing a lifelong, good friend. These were powerful emotions that quite frankly surprised me.
Without a doubt, not only did we learn a great deal from our online experience as our brothers and sisters did in the classroom, but we too developed strong and everlasting friendships with our professional colleagues.
Rest in peace Joe. I would have followed you anywhere.
Finally, I just want to take a moment to speak to the staff, course directors, and instructors working with the online SPSC. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric once said, "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." The experience of each online class is built into to the next class's experience. The courses are always being tweaked and improved upon. Suggestions and recommendations are listened to and taken seriously. They've been through SPSC and they stick around to help grow others. Regardless of what rank or position they held in law enforcement (or still hold, given the number of instructors who are active officers), all are leaders, all are invested in growing others. That investment lets us grow and in turn, it allows us, or rather it requires us, to do the same when it is our turn.
So, congratulations to the members of the various online classes here today and the more than one hundred law enforcement professionals from throughout the country who are not. The future of law enforcement leadership is in good shape. Thank you.
Northwestern University Center for Public Safety is pleased to announce that Victor Beecher has joined our staff as Director, Program Development and Events.
Victor has been an adjunct instructor in the center's management and leadership programs since 2006. In his new role, he will lead the design and implementation of new courses. This year his brief includes an update of Supervision of Police Personnel and the rollout of the center's new workshops on police-community partnerships. He will also oversee several of the center's on-going programs.
Victor joins NUCPS after 26 years with the Milwaukee Police Department, where he served as Captain of the Fourth District, Lieutenant of Detectives, and Director of the Department's Training Division and Regional Training Center.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Victor is also a member of the 255thClass of the School of Police Staff and Command.
We're pleased to announce an update to our popular traffic crash investigation curriculum. This is the first change to the core sequence of crash investigation courses (Crash Investigation 1 & 2) in over 10 years.
Both Crash Investigation 1 & Crash Investigation 2 have been revised to better match the concepts and contents of the 11th edition of Traffic Crash Investigation, this latest edition of the textbook by J. Standard Baker and Lynn B. Fricke was released in 2014. The updated curriculum addresses how the latest generation of vehicle electronics, including data recorders, traction and stability controls, multiple airbags affect both the crash and the crash investigation.
New topics include hit-and-run investigations, dealing with event data recorders, and other emerging technologies. The courses now include a unit on technical writing and on best-practices for crash scene photography. Throughout, the updated curricula offer new case studies to support the learning process.
"We're happy to introduce these changes," says Traffic Safety Division Director Roy Lucke. "While the core principals of crash investigation are based on physical laws that don't change, these updates will prepare our students to recognize and know how to deal with the latest vehicle and roadway features during the course of an investigation."
Lucke praises NUCPS' traffic division faculty for their outstanding work on the new program. Instructors involved in the curriculum update include: Lynn Fricke, Tim Schoolmaster, Roger Barrette, Mike DiTallo, Adam Hyde, Ken Engberg, and Frank Horbus.
To see complete course listing or register for either Crash 1 or Crash 2, please visit our registration site.
If you would like to host Crash Investigation 1 and 2 or any other traffic crash courses in your area, please send an email to email@example.com or call us at 800-323-4011.
We're pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated version of the Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction course. The new course is now open for registration.
The reconstruction of traffic crashes involving heavy vehicles presents a unique set of challenges even to the experienced reconstruction professional. The new Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction course is designed for practicing crash reconstructionists involved in investigations of heavy vehicle collisions.
The updated course was developed by Michael DiTallo and David Stopper, both nationally renowned experts in the fields of HVCR and HVEDR technology.
The updated version of the course includes:
- Seven hours of field testing to demonstrate vehicle behavior and to give students the opportunity to collect, analyze, and apply the collected data
- In-depth approach to understanding heavy vehicle braking systems including detailed examinations of ABS, Air Disc, and front axle break systems
- Component issues including cam-over and cut improperly installed push rods
- Concepts, rules, and applications or commercial vehicle conspicuity
- Tire stamping evidence and dynamics
- The basics of Event Data Recorder (EDR) technologies
Students who successfully complete the new course receive 39 ACTAR CEUs.
To get more information or to register for the the new heavy vehicle crash reconstruction course, visit the course page.
NUCPS Executive Director David Bradford was the first international guest presenter at the 2014 Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Crime Prevention Summit held in Seongnam and Onyang, Korea. The Summit is an annual event sponsored by KOICA and the Korean National Police Training Institute. This was the first time in the history of the annual summit that a foreign agency was invited to participate as a presenter and lecturer. The summit was held from June 11 through July 1, 2014.
Executive Director Bradford presented lectures and educational sessions on the topics of Strategic Planning-Action Plan Development and Establishing Community Policing Under the Rule of Law to top level executive national law enforcement officials from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Libya, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Yemen. Executive Director Bradford also addressed the 2014 Korean National Police Recruit Class on the topic of First Line Policing in a Global Society.
Additional highlights of the program included educational field trips to Korean National Police Cyber Crime Unit, KNP Control Center and Traffic Center, Scientific Investigation Center which houses the KCSI (Korea Crime Scene Investigation), Data Management Section, Criminal Analysis Section, Evidence Analysis Section and the DNA Identification Section of the Korean National Police.
Cultural events included visits and tours of the Korea National Museum, Hyundai Motor Company, the Chungnam Provincial Police Agency and the Seoul Central Police Agency including the Seoul Public Security Force Command and Central Police Station.
NUCPS Partners with Korea Police Training Institute to Enhance Public Safety Education and Research in the United States and South Korea
Senior Superintendent General Sang-Yong Park and Senior Inspector Ok-Ryong Jang of the Korean Police Training Institute (PTI) present Dean Thomas Gibbons of the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies (NU SCS) and Executive Director David Bradford of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) with a plaque to commemorate the partnership between PTI and NUCPS.
Luncheon reception attendees from left to right: Deborah Magyar, NUCPS; Kenneth Woo, NU SCS; Ok-Ryong Jang, PTI; Roger Barrette, Cooper Barrette Consulting and NUCPS adjunct instructor; Jong Wook Han, Korean Consulate in Chicago; Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jamraz, Evanston Police Department; Margaret McCarthy, NU SCS; Ic-Hoon Lee, PTI; Commander Shaun Johnson, NU Police Department; Timothy Schoolmaster, NUCPS adjunct instructor; Sang-Yong Park, PTI; Peter Kaye, NU SCS; Chief Steven Casstevens, Buffalo Grove Police Department and NUCPS adjunct instructor; Dean Thomas Gibbons, NU SCS; Deputy Chief Joseph Wazny, Evanston Police Department; Roy Lucke, NUCPS; Executive Director David Bradford, NUCPS; Commander Jay Parrott, Evanston Police Department; Chief Charles Wernick, Northbrook Police Department and NUCPS adjunct instructor; Chief Richard Eddington, Evanston Police Department
Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) is partnering with the Korean Police Training Institute (PTI) to collaborate on police and public safety training and education and research in the United States and South Korea.
International cooperation in police education is vital to public safety around the world and to the continued growth and expansion of PTI and NUCPS. It is the recognition by both these institutions of the need for, and the mutual benefit of, enhancing international cooperation within the areas of police education and scientific research that led to the partnership.
PTI and NUCPS wish to strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries while enhancing the academic, cultural and other opportunities available to the faculty of both institutions through educational activities. "This partnership will provide opportunities for PTI and NUCPS to work together, to visit each other's facilities and to carry out joint research related to police education and public safety," said David Bradford, Executive Director of NUCPS. PTI and NUCPS will also exchange educational materials and will jointly organize meetings, workshops and symposia on issues related to public safety and police education.
"We expect our exchange to promote not only better results in terms of scholastic achievement, but also deeper understanding of each other's culture, and to contribute to an improved relationship between the two institutions and the nations that they belong to," said Senior Superintendent General San-Yong Park of PTI.
Senior Superintendent General Park, Senior Superintendent Ic-Hoon Lee, director of the academic affairs division of PTI; Senior Inspector Ok-Ryong Jang, international program officer at PTI and South Korean General Consul Han will join Thomas Gibbons, dean of the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies; David Bradford, executive director of NUCPS; Chief Bruce Lewis of the Northwestern University Police Department and various NUCPS staff and instructors for a luncheon reception and official signing of the memorandum of understanding at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on September 27, 2013.
Among other activities, guests from PTI will tour NUCPS facilities and the Northwestern University campus, will be hosted at the Evanston Police Department by Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington and will participate in a tour and ride-along with the Chicago Police Department Marine Unit.Ok-Ryong Jang, Senior Inspector Korean Police Training Institute; Sang-Yong Park, Senior Inspector General Korean Police Training Institute; Dean Thomas Gibbons, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies; Executive Director David Bradford, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
Tracy Ann Jacobson, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, addresses the third International School of Police and Staff Command in Pristina, Kosovo.
Also pictured (left to right): Sasa Rasic, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Republic of Kosovo; R. Carr Trevillian IV, Director, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP); Brigadier General Mark D. Scraba, Director, Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center (JICTC) United States European Command (EUCOM); Darrel Hart, ICITAP General Manager in Kosovo; and David Bradford, Executive Director, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
November 30, 2012 Northwestern University Center for Public Safety graduated the third class of the International School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) in Pristina, Kosovo. This was a historic event for the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo. The third International SPSC brought together top ranking law enforcement officials from these countries and laid the foundation for networking between law enforcement agencies from these countries and for peaceful collaboration to fight crime within the former warring nations.
The SPSC was initiated and coordinated by the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), a division of the United States Department of Justice, in partnership with the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and with the financial support of the in Stuttgart, Germany. (JICTC)
United States Ambassador to Kosovo, the Honorable Tracey Ann Jacobson, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony held to honor the graduates of the SPSC. The event was broadcast on Kosovo National Television. Among those present were Brigadier General Mark D. Scraba, Director, Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center (JICTC) United States European Command (EUCOM); Mr. R. Carr Trevillian, IV, Director of ICITAP; Honorable Alexander A. Arvizu, United States Ambassador to Albania; Mr. Darrel Hart, General Manager of ICITAP in Kosovo; and many police and government officials and Ministers of State from the six participating countries. General Scraba and Director Trevillian also addressed the assembly.
In her remarks, Ambassador Jacobson stated that the graduation ceremony marked the end of a difficult course and a significant step forward for law enforcement in the region, and she recognized the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Police Staff and Command as a prestigious school and a prized accomplishment and qualification with worldwide recognition. Addressing graduates of the program, she stated, "This program has enjoyed broad participation from six different countries in the region a truly historic and encouraging accomplishment! You have already demonstrated the ability to work together towards a common goal; now you face the essential task of working in partnership to combat criminal organizations trafficking in drugs, people and weapons throughout the region."
Class president Milan Jakobovic of the Republika Hrvatska, Croatia, reflected on the importance and significance of the successful completion of the SPSC. In his remarks he noted, "I am happy going back home because I haven't seen my family for five weeks, but I have to admit that one part of my being feels sorry for being separated from such great friends. Trust me, when I get back home I will miss something and that is everything we have gained here. Here we have forgotten where we come from, we have forgotten all the differences that separate peoples. Here we were a TEAM and we did not care who is Albanian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Macedonian, Muslim, Serbian or Croat. Our most important goal was that, as a TEAM, we complete this class with the best possible success and strongest friendship ties. I'm even more proud that I have gained such good friends. We are a band of brothers and sisters who have one very important goal, which is the fight against all forms of crime. Now I know very well that if I need something in terms of police service and work, I have forty-one friends on whom I can rely and who can assist me in their countries and departments," said Mr. Jakobovic.
NUCPS Executive Director David Bradford attended the graduation ceremony and noted "It is extremely interesting to watch these police officials from six different countries, some of whom were recently at war, building democratic relationships and personal networks and sharing thoughts and ideas in class rather than fighting each other." In that vein, and at the request of the graduates of the International SPSC, the NUCPS Alumni Association is in the process of setting up an international chapter in order to encourage the continuation of the relationships formed during the ten-week class and to support the continued professional development of the graduates as they and their varying agencies work to improve public safety in the Balkans.
To view full text PDF versions of Ambassador Jacobson's remarks as well as the remarks of Director Trevillian, Brigadier General Scraba and class president Jakobovic, please click on the links below.
Based on NUCPS Director of Highway and Transportation Safety Programs Roy Lucke's State Department-sponsored trip to Oman a year ago, NUCPS has developed a long-term relationship with the Royal Oman Police (ROP). As a result of this relationship, Mr. Lucke presented a one-week program on the management of police traffic services for a class of majors and lieutenant colonels in the ROP Traffic Directorate in Muscat, Oman.
The relationship has also led to the facilitation of an internship/field study program for two members of the ROP, Lt. Colonel Abdullah Hamed Abdullah Al Hosni and Major Manaa Salim Rashid Al Balushi.
Major Manaa and Lt. Col. Abdullah began their internship with a visit to NUCPS for orientation and to allow for participation in an ongoing crash investigation course. They then spent several days at the Evanston Police Department working with traffic officers and crash investigators before traveling to Springfield to work with the Illinois State Police and to visit the ISP animation laboratory.
Major Manaa and Lt. Col. Abdullah are currently visiting the Traffic Section of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) where they are working with crash reconstructionists and examining MNPD traffic law enforcement efforts. The visit to the MNPD was facilitated by the past president of the NUCPS Alumni Association, MNPD Deputy Police Chief Todd Henry. Upon completion of their time with the MNPD, Major Manaa and Lt. Col. Abdullah will again visit NUCPS before returning to Oman to implement what they learn.
Left to right: Barbara Wiedlin, Deputy Chief, Evanston Police Department; Richard Eddington, Chief, Evanston Police Department; Lt. Colonel Abdullah Hamed Abdullah Al Hosni, Director of Traffic Investigations for Directorate General of Traffic for the Royal Oman Police; Major Manaa Salim Rashid Al Balushi, Deputy Director of Traffic Investigations for the Directorate General of Traffic for the Royal Oman Police; Thomas Cabanski, Deputy Chief, Evanston Police Department; Professor Ragy Mikhaeel, Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Program of African and Asian Languages.