School of Staff and Command

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January 1 – June 12, 2020

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.

For a flyer click HERE.

This course is MCOLES approved for 302 funds and the MMRMA grant.  MCOLES certification is available to Michigan residents. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available upon successful completion of the 400-hour course.

Non-Michigan police agencies wishing information on bringing the School to your state or agency, should contact (please expect a response to email inquiries within 48hrs) at 517-355-2197.

Application Information

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

Please click the link below to begin your application process:

Online Application: Registration coming soon.

Important Application Info

  • Application Deadline: November 08, 2019
  • Applicant Oral Board Interview Dates: December 02-06, 2019
  • Successful Applicants Notified No Later Than: December 20, 2019

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

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.

Contact Info: not listed

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 Franklin Hayes

Lt. Franklin Hayes is the Commanding Officer of the Detroit Police Department’s Office of Secondary Employment. As Commanding Officer, he serves as the Secondary Employment Coordinator for over 30 Public/Private Partnership Accounts and has over 400 members of the Detroit Police Department who participate in the program.

Franklin has been with the Detroit Police Department since 1999, and has previously held the rank of Sergeant and Police Officer. His assignments include Special Operations, Gang Squad, Patrol, Executive Protection, Narcotics, Community Relations, Tactical Response, Communications Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief, Office of the Assistant Chief and Special Victims Unit.

During his assignment in the Office of the Assistant Chief, Franklin served as the body worn camera coordinator for the department. In this role, he selected the technology, designed the implementation plan and crafted the policy for the Department. Franklin is a graduate of the 10th Michigan State University School of Staff and Command class in 2015.

Contact Info: not listed

First Lieutenant Chris Luty

F/Lt. Chris Luty is the post commander for the Michigan State Police post in West Branch. The West Branch Post employs 40 enlisted and civilian personnel, and encompasses Arenac, Iosco, Gladwin, and Ogemaw counties.

Chris has been with the Michigan State Police since 1990, and has previously held the ranks of Lieutenant, D/Sergeant, Sergeant, D/ Trooper, and Trooper. He’s been assigned to the Tri-City, Mount Pleasant, and Bridgeport posts, in addition to MSP’s Training Academy and Thumb Narcotics Unit.

Chris also represented troopers and sergeants as president or vice-president of the Michigan State Police Trooper’s Association from 2006 to 2014. During that time, he served as a commissioner on the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, the State 911 Committee, and the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee. Chris is a graduate of the 11th MSU School of Staff in Command in 2016.

Contact Info: not listed

Lieutenant Rick Tanguay

Lieutenant Rick Tanguay is with the Trenton Police Department and is currently assigned to Operations. He is a 1993 graduate of Ferris State University. He has been with the Trenton Police Department since 1994 and has served as an Accident Investigator, K9 Handler, Traffic Officer, Corporal, and Sergeant. Rick was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and currently supervising the Detective/Special Services Bureau and Records Bureau. He attended Michigan State University First Line Supervisor class in May of 2013 and is a graduate of the 11th MSU Staff and Command class.

Contact Info: not listed

2020 Course Syllabus available HERE as pdf.


  • The Michigan State University School of Staff and Command is committed to building capacity of Michigan 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