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Two Arvada Sergeants Graduate From School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern

Thornton & Kellogg


(ARVADA) – Sergeant Melanie Thornton and Sergeant Eric Kellogg of the Arvada Police Department recently graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.  Thornton and Kellogg successfully completed the 22-week Staff and Command Program held in Evanston, Illinois from January 12 through June 14, 2015. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 15,000 students both nationally and internationally.  Thornton and Kellogg were students in SPSC class #373, comprised of a total of 21 students for the 22-week program. 

The SPSC provides upper-level college instruction and a total of 27 core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session.  The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting and Resource Allocation.

“We are proud to have two more members of our team – who are on the Commander Eligibility List – complete the courses at Northwestern,” said Don Wick, Chief of Police at Arvada. “All of our current command staff has completed advanced leadership training, with half having attended Northwestern. This education translates into better leadership for our staff and better service to our community.”

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.  Since its inception, the Center has broadened its original objective and now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training and Executive Development.


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