Lieutenant Gregory Manzana Earns Northwestern University Leadership Award

The Champaign Police Department is proud to announce that Lieutenant Gregory Manzana received special honors on Friday, November 18, 2022, during his graduation from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. Lt. Manzana, a veteran of the Champaign Police Department, served as Vice President of his class and received the Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award for his efforts during the ten-week program. The Northwestern University Center for Public Safety hosted the course in Florence, Kentucky. This award was established in 1984 by Kreml, the Center’s founder, to “recognize and encourage the high ethical and professional values and dedication to public service upon which the Center for Public Safety was founded.”

Lt. Manzana was selected for the award by his classmates. In his role as class Vice President, he coordinated a legacy gift on behalf of the class in the form of a $9,200 donation to a non-profit providing financial assistance to Kentucky law enforcement families in crisis. The School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) is a demanding management course designed to provide police officers with high-quality career training. Through management and supervision, specialized instruction in technical subjects, and presentation of current issues and new techniques in the field, SPSC prepares first- and second-level police management personnel for senior-level positions in their agencies.

Lt. Manzana has worked for the Champaign Police Department for 20 years and presently serves as Lieutenant of Professional Standards. In this role, he is responsible for the citizen complaint process, along with processing internal investigations. Before serving in this role, Manzana served as Officer, Sergeant, Field Training Coordinator, Alcohol Enforcement and Special Events Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant.

The Center for Public Safety, located on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, was established in 1936 to expand the scope of university-level education and training in traffic safety. Since then, the school has broadened its original objective to include training in police operations and management and addressing urgent issues in criminal justice and law enforcement. Representatives from federal, state and local police agencies, as well as members of law enforcement agencies from around the world, attend the Center’s many and varied courses. Northwestern’s programs also serve the law enforcement community through research, publications, and on-site technical assistance.