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Posted on: December 30, 2022

FPD Commander graduates from Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command

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The Frederick Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lt. Aaron Lapp from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Lieutenant Lapp became the second person from the Frederick Police Department to successfully complete the 22-week Staff and Command program held in Evanston, Illinois. The course, held from June 6 – November 6, 202, was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 30,000 students both nationally and internationally. 

“I am thankful for the opportunity to attend the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University,” said Lt. Lapp. “I found the program to be extremely beneficial in my professional development and it will without a doubt prove beneficial to the residents of the City of Frederick. During the 22 weeks of study I revisited many previous collegiate level topics along with other new courses pertaining to leadership, professionalism in law enforcement, modern policing, budgeting and allocation of resources to name a few. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable, and beneficial parts of the program, was engaging with a vast array of law enforcement professionals from all over the country representing drastically different jurisdictions. While many of those leaders had unique situations specific to the area they serve we all shared similar core values, visions for the future of law enforcement, and common issues affecting law enforcement across the nation today.”

Lt. Lapp was a student in SPSC Class #526 which accommodated a total of 19 students. 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. The major topics of study include Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, and Budgeting and Resource Allocation. 

“The Frederick Police Department values investing in our officers and promotes continuous self-improvement at all levels, including within our command staff,” said Capt. Joe Hayer, who is Lt. Lapp’s supervisor and was the first person from FPD to graduate the Staff and Command school. “Lt. Lapp’s completion of this course reflects his dedication to being the best public servant and leader he can be. I look forward to more members of our agency graduating from this program in the future.”

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