Sergeant Darryl Harlan and Sergeant Ted Waters of the College of Lake County Police Department recently graduated from a 10-week, law-enforcement leadership training program at Northwestern University's Center for Public School of Police Staff and Command.
"I'm extremely proud of Darryl and Ted for completing the program, said Tom Guenther, CLC Police Department Chief. "It is the premier police executive training program in the country, and it's very rigorous. There's a test every three days and a research paper, and Darryl and Ted did outstanding work. We're one of the few police departments in the area where the entire police command staff has attended and completed the program. These supervisors have the administrative ability to fully manage projects, oversee police operations and contribute at a high level."
The program, which consists of eight hours of upper-level college classes for five days a week, covers a range of managerial skills, including leadership, budgeting, planning and policy development, statistical analysis, project management and employee relations.
"The instructors were police chiefs or department chiefs from around the country, so they had vast experience to draw upon," Harlan said. Waters said that he appreciated the education on project management as well as current best practices for selection, training and managing police officers. "I learned valuable information about how to research current best practices and technology in modern policing," he said. Both sergeants said the highlight of the program was the chance to meet and network with more than 30 fellow students from Illinois and other states.
Harlan has 18 years' experience in law enforcement and started working at CLC in 2001. He earned an A.A.S. from Joliet Junior College; a B.S. Columbia College of Missouri and a Master of Arts from Western Illinois University. His professional education includes certified field training officer, evidence technician, arson investigator, traffic accident reconstructionist and John Reid Interviews and Interrogation.
Waters has 22 years' experience in law enforcement and started working at CLC in 1992. He earned an A.A.S. from College of Lake County and a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University. His professional education includes first line police supervision, criminal investigations, evidence technician, crime prevention officer, school resource officer and police and mountain bike certification.