Campus police officers graduate from internationally acclaimed leadership program

Three captains complete intensive 10-week program with Northwestern University KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug….

Georgia (Aug 24, 2015)Three captains complete intensive 10-week program with Northwestern University

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 24, 2015) — Three Kennesaw State University police officers recently graduated from an internationally acclaimed law enforcement executive program, which prepares police leaders for senior positions.

Capt. Timothy Murphy, Capt. Ashley Richardson and Capt. Clifton Yeager completed the intensive 10-week training program, hosted by Kennesaw State and conducted by the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. Topics included media relations, budgeting, leadership, employee relations, civil liability, policy, statistics, decision making and problem solving. 

“We are grateful for the partnership with Northwestern University to host the School of Police Staff and Command in Georgia,” said KSU Police Chief Roger L. Stearns. “This highly acclaimed national level command school promotes excellence in our agencies through investing in the professional and leadership development of the participants.”

The School of Police Staff and Command was held at Prillaman Hall on the Kennesaw Campus beginning, May 14. Twenty-four police leaders from 19 different police agencies in Georgia and Florida graduated from the program. The agencies represented included the Kennesaw State University Police Department, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, the Atlanta Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Conyers Police Department, the Georgia Capitol Police, the Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the Georgia State Patrol, the Henry County Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Johns Creek Police Department, the Marietta Police Department, the Milton Police Department, the Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the Sandy Springs Police Department, the University of Georgia Police Department and the Woodstock Police Department. 

The graduation ceremony for class No. 380 was held at the Embassy Suites in Kennesaw. Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Executive Director David Bradford were keynote speakers and presenters. 

As is customary with all School of Police Staff and Command classes, Class No. 380 worked tirelessly to raise money through fundraising and donations for their class Legacy Gift. The Legacy Gift is given to a charitable cause, program, organization or individual the class chooses.

Christopher Sparkman, a victim of a workplace shooting at FedEx in 2014, and the Hodges family, a police family whose wife and mother is battling cancer, were the recipients chosen by class No. 380. Each was presented a check for more than $9,000 at the graduation.  


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit