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With thousands of former students successfully engaged in law enforcement, traffic engineering, and other public safety careers around the globe, Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) has earned the reputation as the world leader in law enforcement professional development and education. We conduct classes and research projects throughout the United States and North America as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Africa.

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2019 Fall Highlight

Oct 14 - Nov 4
NIPSTA, Glenview, IL

Strong first-line supervisory skills are essential for public safety professionals to successfully mitigate emergency incidents. Increasingly, an effective response to a crisis requires a collaborative effort between leaders representing a variety of public safety disciplines. Supervision of Public Safety Personnel is a unique collaboration between the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) and NUCPS and provides front-line public safety personnel with a critical foundation for solid professional development and growth.

This all-new, two-week course has been intentionally developed for a wide range of participants, including fire service, law enforcement, EMS, telecommunications, hospitals, public health, and public works from local, state and federal agencies.

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NUCPS 2019 Annual Reception

Chicago, Oct. 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

lh-rooftoop chicagoJoin us as we celebrate another successful year at NUCPS.

London House Hotel Chicago
Etoile Room
85 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

RSVP by Oct. 20, 2019, to secure your complimentary tickets!

Be one of the first 100 guests to arrive in order to receive a 2019 Annual Reception t-shirt. These limited-number shirts, available this year in two different styles, will disappear quickly!

  • The 21st-floor Etoile Room, London House Hotel Chicago, offers dazzling views of Chicago and an outdoor terrace!
  • Enjoy complimentary appetizers, dinner buffet, and beverages.
  • Reconnect with fellow alumni and NUCPS staff and instructors.
  • Meet this year's special guests, Chicago's very own "Blues Brothers."

Visit for more details and to reserve your tickets now!


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Find a Class!

Northwestern Center for Public SafetyExplore all of our currently scheduled courses through our online course catalog .  Our registration system is searchable by program, keyword, date, category, location, and more. Click on the "Dates" column header to sort courses in date order. Frequently searched subjects include:

Crash Investigation and Reconstruction
Crime Scene and Forensic Science
Executive Management Program
Police Motorcycle
Police Training
School of Police Staff and Command
Supervision of Police Personnel
Supervision of Public Safety Personnel
Transportation Engineering

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