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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Congrats to Recent SPSC Graduates

The Oak Forest Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Sergeant Jason Doornkaat and Sergeant Paul Kocek from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University on May 10th, 2019. Both officers have successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program held in Plainfield, Illinois. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 16,000 students both nationally and internationally.  Sergeant Doornkaat and Sergeant Kocek were students in SPSC Class # 452.

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-two core or mandatory blocks of instruction.  The major topics of study include:  Management and Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources for Law Enforcement, Budgeting, Staffing Allocation and Personnel Deployment.

Each student is academically challenged through a total of eighteen written examinations, projects, and quizzes in addition to two research papers that are a required part of the curriculum.  Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of eight units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

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. 

Timothy J. Kristin

Chief of Police


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