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Evanston Police Sgt. Tracy Williams graduated Friday from the 10-week School of Police Staff and Command training program at Northwestern University.

This program, launched by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 14,000 students.  

During the graduation ceremony for his 30-member class, Williams was awarded the Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award. The award was established in 1984 by Kreml, the center’s founder, to “recognize and encourage the high ethical and professional values and dedication to public service upon which the Center for Public Safety was founded.”

Williams was chosen by his peers to receive the award because they felt he best displayed the dedication, devotion, ethics and sense of justice that exemplify the kind of leadership that is needed in today’s law enforcement community.

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional 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 examination, 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.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the goal of expanding university-based education and training for the law enforcement community. It now provides a variety of courses and programs in the area of Police Training, Management Training, and Executive Development.

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