Northwestern University Center for Public SafetySchool of Police Staff and Command Program

October 14, 2014

Dear Law Enforcement Colleagues:

The Police and Correctional Training Commissions, in conjunction with the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriffs Association are pleased to announce the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety will present its ten-week School of Police Staff and Command Program (SPSC) at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville Maryland. The program is scheduled to begin on February 9, 2015 and end on April 24, 2015 with a one-week break between weeks five and six.

The School of Police Staff and Command is an intensive ten-week program that prepares law enforcement managers for senior positions by uniquely combining academic principles with practical applications and allows participants the opportunity to receive 21 undergraduate college credits. This particular program will have a traffic safety management emphasis.

Overnight accommodations, meals and facility fees for Maryland agencies may be covered by a grant through the Maryland Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This grant allows us to bring this worthwhile program to the State at considerable savings to law enforcement agencies. Fees for out-of-state participants will be determined.

The $3,900 tuition is the responsibility of the participant’s agency and must be paid directly to Northwestern University by January 25, 2015. In collaboration with the Maryland Highway Safety Office, a limited number of tuition scholarships are available from the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriff's Associations. To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant's agency must be a member of the MCPA or MSA and the applicant must fit all other selection requirements. There is a $250.00 registration fee for all applicants accepted to the program. This fee is the responsibility of the applicant’s agency, to be paid to MPCTC by February 9, 2015. The student's application to attend the SPSC will also serve as an application for the scholarship. Questions regarding the scholarship should be referred to Mr. John Hipps, Law Enforcement Liaison for the Maryland Highway Safety Office ( or 410-787-7083).

If you are interested in having a member of your agency participate in the Northwestern University program, please have them complete the attached application form and fax to Ms. Susan Strausbaugh at 410-875-3584 or email it to her at as soon as possible but no later than January 5, 2015. Selections to attend the School of Police Staff and Command will be made by the MCPA Training Committee. These selections will be based on the information contained in the Statement of Purpose and the Letter of Recommendation, as well as the applicants' rank, current job assignment, and level of responsibility within the agency. Ensuring statewide representation in the SPSC will also be a consideration in the selection process. Applications received after the due date will be considered if space is available, and only for the most qualified candidates on a first-come first-served basis.

If you need additional information please contact Ms. Strausbaugh at 410-875-3575. This is a tremendous opportunity for Maryland Law Enforcement and we are honored to host this internationally recognized university training.


Charles W. Rapp
Executive Director

Northwestern Letter & Application for Enrollment.pdf

Technology Policy Framework

SACOP Members:

Technology plays an increasingly important role in the daily work of officers in the field, equipping them with enforcement and investigative tools that make them safer, better informed, and more effective and efficient. When properly deployed and managed, these technologies create new opportunities to enhance public safety in communities nationwide. As you know, many communities around the nation, however, have or are considering limiting or rejecting the use of some of these technologies, including automated license plate readers, unmanned aerial systems, and video surveillance systems. Privacy advocates, elected officials, and members of the public have raised important questions about how and under what circumstances many of these technologies are deployed and about the retention, use, and sharing of the data that is gathered.

We have heard from our members and understand the need to provide guidance to the field regarding the creation and enforcement of policies that govern planning, implementation, training, deployment, use, and management of these technologies and the information they provide.

As a result, the IACP has developed the 
IACP Technology Policy Framework to help law enforcement executives create effective policies. I know Mike Wagers has shared with you versions of this document as it was being developed seeking your input. I appreciate those of you who provided feedback. I also want to thank Chiefs Dave Maggard and Greg Rushin for their participation on the ad-hoc committee, as representatives of SACOP, for assisting in its development.

The Framework highlights important factors to take into account when deciding whether to incorporate and integrate certain technologies. More importantly, it identifies nine universal principles that should be considered when developing agency policies:

    • Specification of Use;
    • Policies and Procedures;
    • Privacy and Data Quality;
    • Data Minimization and Limitation;
    • Performance Evaluation;
    • Transparency and Notice;
    • Security;
    • Data Retention, Access, and Use; and,
    • Auditing and Accountability.

In addition to the nine universal principles, the Framework provides structural guidance for the development of policies and procedures that ensure the public that their privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties are recognized and protected.

Thanks to the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police for already posting the Framework on their site. I hope other state associations will do the same.

For a copy of the IACP Technology Policy Framework, visit: