October 19, 2015, Canton, MI – Last week, Canton Police Sergeant Michael Kennedy successfully completed Police Staff & Command School at Eastern Michigan University. Kennedy’s graduation was preceded by Sergeant Gregory DeGrand and Sergeant Dale Waltz who successfully completed Michigan State University’s Police Staff & Command School in June.
The EMU and MSU Staff & Command Schools are 360- and 400-hour programs, designed to provide extensive training focused on the management, planning, analysis and administration of police departments and their personnel. The programs are problem-based learning, fostering critical thinking and philosophies applicable in today’s law enforcement community. The unique experience takes the officer beyond traditional operational methods and exposes them to conceptual thinking, paving the way for their future success as a command officer.
Police Staff & Command School is mandatory for all of Canton’s command officers and is a component of the ongoing training Canton police officers participate in on a regular basis.
Sergeants DeGrand & Kennedy have been with the department for 14 years, and Sergeant Waltz has been with the department for 16 years. All three are currently assigned to the Patrol Division as shift supervisors providing leadership, training and direction to road patrol officers. They are also responsible for administrative assignments and special projects, under the leadership of their assigned shift commander.