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Posted on: January 19, 2016

Villa Park Deputy Chief of Police Graduates from Northwestern Center for Public Safety

Deputy Chief Dan McCann

Deputy Chief Daniel McCann has graduated from Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety.

The Villa Park Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Deputy Chief Daniel McCann from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Deputy Chief Daniel McCann has successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program held in Homewood, Illinois from Sept. 14, 2015- Jan. 15, 2016. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 15,000 students both nationally and internationally. Deputy Chief Daniel McCann was a student in SPSC Class 385th which accommodated a total of 41 students for the ten week period.

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven 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.

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of 6 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.

The Villa Park Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Deputy Chief Daniel McCann's attendance at this program. Many of the program's graduates do go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies.

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