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Police Sgt. Sweeney Completes Leadership Program

Post Date:01/21/2020

January 21, 2020 - Bartlett Police Department is proud to announce the recent graduation of Sergeant Robert M. Sweeney from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. He successfully completed the 10-week School of Police Staff and Command program held in Buffalo Grove from 9/9/2019 to 1/17/2020. This specialized leadership and managerial program graduated more than 14,500 students both nationally and internationally.

Sergeant Sweeney joined the Bartlett Police Department in January of 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in November of 2016. He is currently assigned as a patrol sergeant. Sweeney served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1997 to 2003 during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his tenure in Bartlett, he was selected as the department’s Police Officer of the Year and has earned the life saving and spirit awards.  

The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 27 core or mandatory blocks of instruction and utilizes additional blocks of instruction during each session. The major topics of study include: leadership, project management, employee relations, organizational behavior, applied statistics, planning and policy development, budgeting and resource allocation. Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations and quizzes in addition to a research paper that is a required part of the curriculum.

Commander Yarwood, Sgt Robert Sweeney, Deputy Chief Durbin & Chief Ullrich

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.

Bartlett Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Sergeant Sweeney’s attendance at this program. Many of the program's graduates go on to achieve leadership positions within their respective agencies.