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Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) offers internationally respected certificate courses and programs for law enforcement and public safety professionals at all experience and skill levels. Enhance your professional knowledge and proficiencies at NUCPS.

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New! NUCPS Regional Chapters

We are excited to offer the NUCPS community an opportunity to engage with each other on a whole new level! Get ready to explore new and innovative avenues for continued professional growth, networking and social events, give back to your communities, and have fun in the process! We are in the midst of developing Regional Chapters for our whole NUCPS community. Graduates of all our courses and programs — management and leadership, crash investigation and reconstruction, traffic engineering, police motorcycle, forensics, and others — will be welcome to join their closet chapter! Whether you are actively employed or retired, work in a public safety agency or the private sector, took a class last month or 30 years ago, we look forward to your participation!

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NUCPS Stories

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NUCPS Alumni Spotlight
Meet Sgt. Angela Smith, SPSC #531 & Crash Investigation's Fricke Cooper Achievement Award Recipient

“I enjoy being challenged. When we go outside our comfort zones is when we learn the most about ourselves and the world around us,” says Sgt. Angela Smith of the Wheaton (IL) Police Department about her law enforcement career. Smith recently took time to discuss the benefits of her NUCPS crash background, augmenting her interest in mentoring and leadership with lessons learned in SPSC #531, the current challenges of recruiting, and some of the positive changes in law enforcement culture that she has experienced in her 25-year career. Read the full interview >>


 NUCPS Instructor Spotlight
Meet Sgt. Alexandra Kitty Nelson, SPSC #469 & Crash Investigation's Fricke Cooper Achievement Award Recipient

For Sgt. Kitty Nelson of the Arlington Heights (IL) Police Department, the crash investigation and reconstruction field developed as “a natural offshoot" of her undergraduate math major. "This was an avenue within police work that readily combined my academic work with my desire to see physics in practical application,” she recalls. She recently answered our questions about her 26-year career and her dedication to lifelong learning both as a student and teacher. In addition to the crash investigation courses that she teaches for NUCPS, . . .  Read the full interview >>

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Celebrating NUCPS Milestones

Celebrate your NUCPS achievements! Through the successful completion of specific courses, students can earn custom email signature logos and qualify to apply for our annual Executive Leadership Award and Fricke Cooper Achievement Award.   

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Traffic Crash Reconstruction, New Edition

The newest edition of our classic text! All chapters are updated, enhanced, and feature new high-quality photos and graphics. Expanded topics include Monte Carlo Analysis, Motorcycle Reconstruction, Pedestrian / Bicycle, Heavy Trucks, and more. Authors include such industry leaders as Roger Barrette, Gary Cooper, Lynn Fricke, Brad Muir, Dr. Jeffrey Muttart, Lou Peck, Nathan Rose, and others. Click below to receive an immediate notice when Traffic Crash Reconstruction rolls off of the printing press!

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Crash Templates & Textbooks

All of our crash templates and textbooks are available online through the Northwestern University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

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