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Class 333 applauds fellow graduate during School Police Staff Commgraduatiprogram RadissHotel Merrillville Ind. Nov. 16 2012.  |  Stephanie

Class 333 applauds a fellow graduate during the School of Police Staff and Command graduation program at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, Ind., on Nov. 16, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Twenty-two police officers from 18 agencies recently graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety. They are Scott Bailey, Lansing, Ill.; Jeffrey Balon, Valparaiso; Curt Burrow, Griffith; Derrick Cannon, Gary; George Cossey, East Chicago; Dennis Eaton, Lake County; Charles Garber Jr., Valparaiso University; Rudolph Grasha III, Hammond; Marlin Gray, Gary; Robert Hill, Crete, Ill.; William Jones, Country Club Hills, Ill.; Jerald Lewis, Hazel Crest, Ill.; James Markle, Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy; Brian Neyhart, Schererville; Steven Noonan, South Bend; Ryan Patrick, Crown Point; James Tavernaro, South Holland, Ill.; Jeffrey Trevino, Gary; Kevin Urbanek, Calumet City, Ill.; Christopher Voros, South Bend; Joseph Willett, Glenwood, Ill.; and Michael Wilson, Country Club Hills, Ill.

Updated: December 28, 2012 6:08AM



Teaching managers to manage effectively might not be easy, but a 10-week police management program specifically addresses this challenge — the School of Police Staff and Command offered by Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.

Twenty-two graduates from this year’s program recently were honored at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville.

“We covered quite a bit in the last 10 weeks, and there were a lot of tests,” class president Chuck Garber said. “But we were given the tools and knowledge to take our departments to the next level to achieve our goals.”

The program, which began in 1983, was redesigned this year. The recent ceremony involved the 333rd class of SPSC.

Joannie Bunyon of East Chicago watched her brother-in-law, George Cossey, graduate.

“I’m so excited for him,” she said. “This is really a great accomplishment.”

Cossey, an East Chicago sergeant, said the program was worth the time and effort.

“It opened my eyes in many ways,” he said, “and it gave me exposure to understand what administration has to deal with.”

Participants also were involved in fundraisers and special projects, such as the Legacy Gift, which is presented annually. This year’s recipients were Indiana Special Olympics and the Illinois 100 Club of Chicago, which helps families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics in times of need.

Dennis Eaton of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said he had heard good things about SPSC and looked forward to working with other law enforcement professionals. The class more than met his expectations, he said.

“The opportunity for multiple departments to sit together and come up with ideas and solutions was very valuable,” he said. “This is a great course; I would definitely recommend it.”



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