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Center for Public Safety Moves to 1801 Maple

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March 28, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Center for Public Safety has moved to new headquarters in the 1801 Maple Avenue Building, Evanston.

The move from its former location in Chambers Hall consolidates all of the center’s programs, except for Traffic Safety School, into one facility.

The center, established in 1936 as the Traffic Institute, provides continuing education, consulting and research for law enforcement agencies throughout the world. The Center is a unit of the School of Continuing Studies.

The new space on the first and third floors of the building includes two 50-person “smart” conference rooms, a 60-seat multipurpose room, a forensics room and administrative offices. The conference rooms serve law enforcement and traffic personnel who attend the center’s professional education and training courses.

About 2,000 people attend courses each year on the campus and in locations in other states, including Washington, Tennessee, California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Nevada, Iowa and Maryland, and in foreign countries.

The center’s Management Training Division offers several courses: School of Police Staff and Command, Supervision of Police Personnel, Supervision of Fire Personnel and Executive Management.

The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) offers 10-week courses for mid- and upper-level supervisors. The three-week Executive Management Program (EMP) covers emerging issues such as crime control strategies, police ethics and racial profiling.

Graduates of the SPSC and EMP programs have been promoted to chief of police in 40 states and have been appointed to key leadership roles in many major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Nashville and Milwaukee.

The Supervision of Police Personnel course, a two-week program offered five times per year, prepares first-line supervisors to make the transition from officer to supervisor.

The center’s Safety and Security Division offers courses that include forensics, homeland security, police traffic services, and motorcycle operator and instructor courses

The Accident Investigation Division offers two levels of courses that deal with traffic accident investigation and traffic accident reconstruction.

The Transportation Engineering Division offers workshops on related subjects such as highway-railroad grade crossings and traffic signals.

Traffic Safety School provides courses for motorists ticketed for minor traffic violations in Cook, Jefferson, McLean and Shelby counties in Illinois. The school offers a four-hour course, a regular eight-hour course, an eight-hour course for habitual offenders and a course for younger drivers. The four-hour course can be completed online or in the classroom.

Established in 1988, the school serves approximately 125,000 motorists each year.

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