Sheriff’s Deputy Graduates from School of Police Staff and Command
(Bel Air, Md. – June 5, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lt. Stephen Thomas from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. Lt. Thomas successfully completed the 10-week Staff and Command program held in Sykesville, Maryland.
The program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 7,500 students both nationally and internationally. Lt. Thomas was a member of Class 224, which was comprised of 32 students.
The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-two core or mandatory blocks of instruction and utilizes nine additional optional blocks of instruction during each session. 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 required as part of the curriculum. Upon successful completion of the course, students may be awarded 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.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office anticipates a variety of benefits from Lt. Thomas’ graduation from this program. Many of the program’s graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies. Presently, more than 750 graduates hold the title of chief of police, and 39 of the 50 superintendents of state police departments or agencies are graduates of the program.
Commenting on the graduation of Lt. Thomas from the School of Police Staff and Command, Sheriff Golding stated, “We are very proud Lt. Stephen Thomas and his graduation from this outstanding internationally recognized leadership program. Lt. Thomas exemplifies, the attributes of leadership necessary to help make the Harford County Sheriff’s Office be the best it can be.”