MONTE Vista Police Sergeant Eugene Ortega has completed a 22-week School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) program at Northwestern University.

“The Monte Vista Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Sergeant Eugene Ortega from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University,” Monte Vista Police Chief George Dingfelder said in a released statement.

The program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated more than 21,000 students both nationally and internationally. Ortega was one of 16 students in SPSC Class #535.

Ortega attended the program from November-April 2023. The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in 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, budgeting and resource allocation.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the 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.

Dingfelder said the Monte Vista Police Department anticipates benefits from Ortega’s attendance at this program. Many of the program’s graduates go on to achieve leadership positions within their agencies, he said.