Arizona: School of Police Staff and Command

SPSC - Tempe Course Information

SPSC is a dynamic police management program designed to prepare today's progressive public safety managers for senior command positions and is intended for mid- and upper-level supervisory personnel.
Areas of Focus

  • Budgeting
  • Contemporary Policing
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Employee Relations
  • Evaluating Products and Services
  • Executive Image
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership and Management
  • Media Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Planning and Policies
  • Project Management
  • Resource Allocation
  • Statistics
  • Traffic


Student Outcomes
Improve Your Agency
Research is a key component of SPSC, and all students are required to write an objective, well-documented staff study addressing a problem or issue currently affecting the student’s organization. Because the student’s research project comes directly from a timely and critical issue facing that student’s agency, the knowledge gained can be put to use immediately.

Build Relationships
Student interaction is an important part of the SPSC experience. Fellow students are knowledgeable and experienced public safety professionals, and course activities are designed to allow for students to learn from one another’s experiences and to build relationships and develop resources that will last long after the course has ended.

Earn College Credit
Graduates of SPSC are eligible to receive 6 units of credit under the Northwestern University quarter system.
Tempe Police Department's Apache Substation for 10 weeks beginning on April 1, 2019 and ending the first week of June, 2019. 


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