Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Lieutenant Charles “Chuck” Gass, Jr. and Lieutenant Kevin Conley (CCDC) from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command on May 17.

The School of Police Staff and Command is an intensive leadership and management education program that helps prepare experienced law enforcement professionals for success in senior command positions. “Participating in this rigorous academic program requires a great deal of time, commitment, and dedication from these officers and their families,” said Sheriff Berry. “I am extremely proud of their commitment and look forward to their continued success as leaders within our Agency.”

The 10-week curriculum, during which officers stay on campus and receive instruction in a traditional classroom setting, provides upper-level college instruction on topics including:

  • Planning and policies,
  • Media relations,
  • Organizational behavior,
  • Budgeting and resource allocation,
  • Human resources,
  • Contemporary policing and more.

Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations, quizzes, and a staff study paper which are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 to expand 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. The School of Police Staff and Command has graduated more than 30,000 officers nationally and internationally since its first session in 1983.

Pictured from L to R: Lt. Kevin Conley, Sheriff Troy D. Berry, and Lt. Charles Gass, Jr. 

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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit

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