Farmington Hills officers complete command school

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Farmington Hills Police Lieutenants Richard Blendea and Andy Radze recently graduated from a Northwestern University program that prepares officers for command positions.

Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Lt. Andy Radze, Lt. Rich Blendea and Chief Chuck Nebus
From left: Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Lt. Andy Radze, Lt. Rich Blendea and Chief Chuck Nebus (City of Farmington Hills)

Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC), an intensive 10-week program, combines academic principles with practical applications. Specialized courses cover executive management training, human resource administration, and investigation and analysis skills.

Research is a key component of the SPSC, and a student’s research project often comes directly from a timely and critical issue faced by his or her own agency, so the knowledge can be put to use.

Blendea, a 21-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as a Shift Commander and Police Service Aide Program Coordinator in the Patrol Division. His past assignments include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Auto Theft Investigator, and Patrol and Directed Patrol Unit Supervisor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University.

Radze, a 20-year veteran, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as a Shift Commander and Field Training Officer Program Coordinator in the Patrol Division. His past assignments include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Directed Patrol Unit Officer, and Patrol and Investigations Supervisor. Radze holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University.