A New Baltimore police sergeant is praised for his leadership and dedication after completing a demanding 10-week management program.
sergeant. Randy Blackburn, a 20-year veteran of the department, recently graduated from the Police Command and Staff School at the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. In addition to this achievement, his dedication also earned him honors from his classmates.
“At the end of each 10-week program, the Center for Public Safety presents the Franklin M.
Kreml Leadership Award to the student who best displays the dedication, devotion, ethics, sense of justice, and other attributes that exemplify the type of leadership needed in today’s law enforcement community today,” NUCPS Director Michelle Camden said in a letter to New Baltimore police. Chief Mike Mertens.
“Throughout the class, (Blackburn) consistently demonstrated excellence in these qualities and characteristically distinguished himself in these areas; and therefore, was selected by his classmates to be the Kreml Award recipient for Class #513th SPSC.
Blackburn has been a full-time city employee for 21 years, rising from a cadet, working at the station reception and patrolling city parks, to police officer, detective and sergeant. He has also served as a school resource manager and task force manager.
“I had a great experience during my 10 week course with other law enforcement officials,” Blackburn said. “Winning the Kreml Leadership Award is a real honour. I am grateful to have had such an excellent group of classmates and law enforcement officials in class #513.”
Baltimore’s new mayor, Tom Semaan, took the time to recognize Blackburn at the May 23 city council meeting.
“We, as an administration and council, would also like to commend Sgt. Blackburn and for it to be on the record that this stuff doesn’t go unnoticed, and that’s quite an achievement,” the mayor said.
The Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award was established in 1984 by Kreml, the center’s founder, to “recognize and encourage the high ethical and professional values and dedication to public service on which the Center for Public Safety was founded.”
The SPSC is designed to provide police officers with high quality training while taking into account their time and financial constraints. Through management and supervision, specialized instruction in technical subjects, and exposure to current issues and new techniques in the field, the SPSC program prepares first- and second-level police management personnel to senior positions in their agencies.
The Center for Public Safety, located on the Evanston, Illinois campus of Northwestern University, was established in 1936 to expand the scope of graduate-level education and training in traffic safety . Since then, NUCPS has expanded its original focus to include training in police operations and management, and to address pressing criminal justice and law enforcement issues. Representatives of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as members of foreign agencies, attend center programs. NUCPS also serves the law enforcement community through its research programs, publications, and on-site technical assistance.