Two Sergeants Graduate from Northwestern University Command School

From the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Two Graduate from School of Police Staff and Command

The McHenry County Sheriff Office is pleased to announce the recent graduations of Sergeant Michelle Asplund and Sergeant Aimee Knop from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.

Sergeant Asplund successfully completed the ten (10) week Staff and Command program class #485 hosted by the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, on November 6, 2020.

Sergeant Knop successfully completed her Staff and Command program class #489 hosted by the DeKalb Police Department in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 12, 2021.

This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 25,000 students both nationally and internationally.

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, 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 McHenry County Sheriff Office anticipates Sergeant Asplund and Sergeant Knop to complement and enhance our agency mission from their attendance in this program.


Two Sergeants Graduate from Northwestern University Command School — 4 Comments

  1. I have an uneasy feeling under a tyrannical federal government, many police will become auxiliaries.

    I notice military equipment parked in the small McCullom Lake Police Station parking lot.

    Why do they need this?????

  2. @ The Beck Beacon

    For the most part, LE doesn’t need that stuff, but it’s hard for some people to turn down a bargain.

    There is a 1033 Program under which the federal government provides surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies.

    This gear can include military vehicles, weapons and all kinds of other stuff.

    Slick Willie started the program to aid the police in the ‘war on drugs’, Obama phased it out, Trump started it up again, and Biden has indicated he plans to wind it down again.

    Our previous sheriff loved to acquire equipment under that program.

    He ran afoul of the rules, because he doled some of it out to agencies that weren’t accredited law enforcement.

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