School of Staff and Command

2016 Staff and Command Class

Michigan State University School of Staff and Command is a 400-hour problem-based course that utilizes a blend of classroom facilitated learning and cutting edge distance learning technologies.

Problem-based learning (PBL) represents the next generation in law enforcement training by fostering critical thinking, and employing learning philosophies appropriate in today’s law enforcement world.

In addition to an outstanding cadre of experts in the field, faculty includes a 1:6 facilitator to learner ratio.


Non-Michigan police agencies wishing information on bringing the School to your state or agency, should contact at 517-355-2197.

Application Information

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command.

Please download the document below to begin your application process:

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Important Application Info

  • Application Deadline: November 17, 2017
  • Applicant Oral Board Interview Dates: December 12-14, 2017
  • Successful Applicants Notified No Later Than: December 21, 2017

For more information please contact:

Name Agency
Chief Doreen Olko Auburn Hills Police Department
Chief Jackie Hampton Battle Creek Police Department
Chief Brian Hill Gerrish Township Police Department
Sheriff Gene L. Wriggelsworth Ingham County Sheriff's Office
Chief Matthew Heins Jackson Police Department
Sheriff Lawrence Stelma Kent County Sheriff's Office
Chief Michael Yankowski Lansing Police Department
Executive Director Terrence Jungle Michigan Sheriffs' Association
Deputy Executive Director Hermina Kramp MCOLES
Director Edmund McGarrell Ph.D. Michigan State University - School of Criminal Justice
Director Theresa Stephens-Lock Mott C.C. Department of Public Safety
Director David Molloy Novi Department of Public Safety
Director Matt Harshberger Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety
Chief Brian Lipe Saginaw City Police Department

Rick Arnold

School of Staff and Command Facilitator Lt. Col. Richard ArnoldLt. Col. Richard Arnold enlisted with the Michigan State Police in 1994.  As a deputy director and commander of the State Services Bureau, Lt. Colonel Arnold is responsible for managing the Biometrics and Identification Division, Forensic Science Division, Office of Highway Safety Planning, Training Division, and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.  Lt. Colonel Arnold received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1994. He is also a graduate of the 238th Session of the FBI National Academy and the Fourth Class of Staff and Command at Michigan State University.

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Lieutenant Chad Connelly

School of Staff and Command instructor Chad ConnellyLieutenant Chad Connelly has served with the East Lansing Police department since 1998. He graduated from Lake Superior State University in 1997 with Bachelors Degree in Science and from Central Michigan University with a Masters in Administration in 2007, and currently is pursuing a second graduate degree. Chad is a graduate of the 10th Class of Staff and Command at Michigan State University where he served as Class President.

Lt. Connelly currently serves as the K-9 Unit Supervisor and Team Leader for the Ingham Regional Special Response Team. He has served as a Patrol Sergeant and Detective Sergeant, along with various other roles for the East Lansing Police Department.

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Lieutenant (retired) Cindy Herfert

Cynthia Herfert - OutreachCindy Herfert serves as an Outreach Academic Specialist for the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, providing in-service trainings to police officers and military personnel from across the United States. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from MSU. Cindy is a graduate of the 10th MSU School of Staff and Command class. Cindy joined the Flint Police Department in 1994 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1998. In 2014 Cindy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for the Patrol Division and the Traffic Division. Cindy retired from the Flint Police Department in 2015. Cindy held a variety of positions during her career, including; uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, gang investigation, homicide investigation, planning and budgeting, and community policing.

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Lieutenant Marcy Kuehn

Lieutenant Marcy KuehnMarcy holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Safety Administration from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Science in Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Central Michigan University. She began her career in 1989 as a Police Cadet and rose through the ranks of the Port Huron Police Department.  Marcy is currently a Lieutenant in the Code Enforcement Unit and the Crisis Negotiation Supervisor.  She has served as a Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Community Service/DARE Officer, Road Patrol Officer, and a Communications Operator.  She worked as a part time instructor at Macomb Community College’s Police Academy from 1994 to 2004.  Marcy is a graduate of the 10th Class of Staff and Command at Michigan State University.

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Audrey Martini

Photo of Audrey MartiniAudrey holds a Bachelors Degree in Police Administration from Michigan State University and an Urban Planning Masters from Wayne State University. She rose through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department retiring as a Lieutenant in 1981. She worked with Lansing Community College, Criminal Justice and Law Center for several years, teaching in the Mid-Michigan Police Academy and working on special projects. In 1991 she was hired full time by the School of Criminal Justice and remained with the School until she retired as the School's Director of Outreach in 2015. She currently works part-time for the School as a co-facilitator for the MSU School of Staff and Command.

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2017/2018 Syllabus Coming Soon.


  • The Michigan State University School of Staff and Command is committed to building capacity of law enforcement organizations through the development of staff and command personnel within those organizations.


  • Utilize teaching methods that allow students to self-discover the knowledge and skills they require in a way that builds on gifts the students already posses in a context that is relevant to them.
  • Create a challenging learning environment that positively impacts what the student learns and what will be transferred to other circumstances.
  • Facilitate students’ learning how to work safely, think critically, adopt problem-solving as a daily part of their job, and partner more readily with residents to tackle crime.


  • Develop personal and professional goals, collect baseline data relative to those goals, identify gaps between where the individual is and where he/she wants to be, evaluate progress toward those goals, and continuously monitor evaluate, and revise those goals. Reflective learning journals, one-on-one evaluation meetings with a facilitator, and evaluation rubrics will be used to demonstrate achievement.
  • Evaluate new and evolving technology and its applicability to current and emerging challenges to public safety.
  • Create and function effectively within a team that demonstrates an understanding of the interdependencies between people and how to act as a teammate with others regardless of whether there is a formal or informal structure and/or whether working with internal or external organizational partners.
  • Research information, analyze and evaluate the data, and recognize trends and gaps that have the potential of impacting how a police organization conducts business in a community.
  • Construct recommendations for proposed plans of action that are developed using a problem solving process that includes an understanding of the identified problem and an evaluation/ assessment as to the effectiveness of the response. Recommendations presented will include background information, an assessment/conclusion, and the recommendation(s).
  • Produce and practice oral presentations that incorporate multiple styles of learning, demonstrate an understanding of public speaking skills, effective use of audio-visual aids, and a variety of types of oral presentations (facilitation, poster session, classroom instruction, conduct meetings, power point presentations, oral reports, etc.).
  • Assemble various types of written communication documents that are grammatically correct, with no spelling errors, properly formatted, and clearly and concisely written.
  • Write a grant that includes project goals and objectives, statement of the problem, project design and implementation, capabilities/competencies, budget, outcomes, and performance measures.
  • Produce a written comprehensive gap analysis report and make an oral presentation on the findings of that report as the final course problem. The report and presentation will include recommendations on what the learner’s agency needs to be doing now to meet what data and trend analysis are projecting for the next 5-10 years for his/her agency.


Participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to bring a laptop computer/iPad/tablet/etc. for ease in accessing the many resources that will be available online. Participants will also need a microphone and webcam. Recommended browsers and computers supported by MSU's on-line learning management software Desire 2 Learn (D2L) include the following:

Note the following:

  • Ensure that your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled.
  • For desktop systems, you must have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater.

Desktop Support

Browser Supported Browser Version(s)
Internet Explorer 10, 11
Firefox Latest
Chrome Latest
Safari 5.1, 6.0

Tablet and Mobile Support

Device Operating System Browser Supported Browser Version(s)
Android Android 4 Android Latest
Apple iOS 6, 7, 8 Safari Latest
Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Internet Explorer 11
Blackberry (mobile only) Blackberry 7, 10 Blackberry Latest

Office Suite:
Microsoft Office (recommended)
Sun OpenOffice

Adobe Acrobat:
Adobe Acrobat Reader