Officer Patrick completes Command School
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2012 1:34PM
Detective Cpl. Ryan Patrick, center, stands with Michelle Camden of Northwest University, left, and Terry Hillard, former Police Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department during a graduation ceremony at the Radisson, in Merrillville. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM
CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land was proud to announce that Cpl. Ryan Patrick graduated Nov. 16 from Northwestern University’s prestigious Police Staff and Command School. Patrick attended classes held in Hobart at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
Patrick was among 22 officers from Indiana and Illinois police departments that attend the Command School. He, along with the other graduates, earned 22 hours of college credit from Northwestern University toward an advanced degree.
Patrick said, “I am very excited that I got the opportunity to do it. Now that I am done with it I will miss the classes. When it was going on I thought it would never end.”
Patrick added, “Law enforcement is changing so fast since I started in 1995, if you are not keeping up in the criminal trends your job is harder and harder.”
Patrick, 37, has his bachelor’s degree and now a head start on a master’s. He said, “I would like to get my master’s in Public Safety Management or Organizational Leadership through Calumet College, but I am still paying off my bachelor’s degree.”
He as been a Crown Point policeman for 13 years.
According to Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s website “At last count, more than 550 current police chiefs, sheriffs and directors of state policing agencies currently serving in the United States are graduates of NUCPS.”
“Detective Patrick is a very good officer and has always been a good asset for the police department. He did great on all of the work required to complete this Command School,” Land said.