VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Police Department Officer Sergeant Bryant Jackson graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Sergeant Jackson successfully completed the 22-week Staff and Command program held between May 13 and Oct. 13, 2019. Implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, the program has graduated over 20,000 students both nationally and internationally. Sergeant Jackson was a student in SPSC Class #463, which accommodated a total of 24 students for the 22-week period.
The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 27 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 six 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.
The USD Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Sergeant Jackson’s attendance at this program. Many of the program’s graduates go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies and the law enforcement community.