The Sugar Grove Police Department has announced the recent graduation of Sgt. Gary Fenili from the school of police staff and command at Northwestern University.
Fenili has successfully completed the 10-week staff and command program. This program, which was implemented by the center for public safety in 1983, has graduated more than 14,000 students both nationally and internationally. Fenili was a student in SPSC class 34th which accommodated a total of 41 students for the 10-week period.
Fenili is the second Sugar Grove supervisor to attend the school of police staff and command. It has been twenty two years since Sugar Grove had a supervisor attend its 10-week course.
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.
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.
Many of the program's graduates do go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies.