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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lieutenant Brian Keller from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Class #407. Lieutenant Keller was selected by his classmates to the lead the 36-member class, through their ten-weeks together, as class Vice-President.
Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy was the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony.
The ten-week School of Police Staff and Command program was held at the Crystal Lake Police Department. Since the program's inception in 1983, Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety has graduated over 14,000 students both nationally and internationally. The School of Police Staff and Command provides college-level instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction during each session. The major study topics include leadership, human resources, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation.
Lieutenant Keller, along with his class colleagues, raised over $18,000 as a legacy gift for Crystal Lake resident Abigail ‘Abby’ Greene, a seven year-old recently diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Abby was diagnosed in 2016 with DIPG, a rare, inoperable brain tumor. More information about Abby and her fight can be found at: www.anotherdaywithabby.com
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “Advanced management and leadership academic coursework is a key piece to our continuation of raising the bar at the sheriff’s office and I’m pleased with Lieutenant Keller’s accomplishment. By May of 2017 all Lake County Sheriff’s Office command level personnel will have completed leadership and management training, provided by Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.”
Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “We are very proud of Lieutenant Keller’s academic achievement and his leadership skills while serving as the class Vice-President. I have the utmost confidence Lieutenant Keller will combine his established leadership abilities with these newly acquired academic skills to continue advancing the values of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.”