Sheriff’s Lieutenant completes Staff and Command course

    PAW PAW - The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office announced the recent graduation of Lieutenant James Charon from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.
    Lt. Charon successfully completed the 22-week Staff and Command program held in Evanston, IL, from Oct.  7, 2019  to March 22, 2020. This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 25,000 students both nationally and internationally. Lt. Charon was a student in SPSC Class #472, which accommodated a total of 19 students for the 22-week period.
     The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 27 core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session.  Major topics of study included: leadership, human resources, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation.
    Each student was academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that were all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston.
    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 Van Buren County Sheriff;s Office anticipates a variety of benefits from Lt. Charon’s attendance at this program. Many of the program’s graduates do go on to achieve a variety of leadership positions within their respective agencies.
    “I couldn’t be more proud of Lt. Charon for completing this program.  I have no doubt Lt. Charon will take what he learned, and apply some of it here.  Jim performs at a high level every day and takes a lot of pride in what he does, and here is just another example of that,” said Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott.

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