|The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Lieutenant Thomas Wayt from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Lieutenant Wayt has successfully completed the twenty-two week Staff and Command program held in Evanston, Illinois from May 13 – October 13, 2019.
This program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, has graduated over 25,000 students both nationally and internationally. Lieutenant Wayt was a student in SPSC Class #463 which accommodated a total of 24 students for the twenty-two week period.
The School of Police Staff and Command provides upper-level college instruction in a total of twenty-seven core blocks of instruction and additional optional blocks during each session. The major topics of study include: Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting, and Resource Allocation.
Each student is academically challenged through written examinations, projects, presentations, and quizzes in addition to a staff study paper that are all required parts of the curriculum. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of six units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding 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.
Previously, Lieutenant Wayt received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University. He began his public safety career in 1988 with the Wintersville, Ohio Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter and Paramedic. He later served as an E.R. Technician for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Mercy Hospital and as a Paramedic Rescue Technician for Baldwin E.M.S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He was sworn in at the Kingsport Police Department in 2003 and has since served as Patrol Officer, Community Police Officer, S.W.A.T. Operator, Crime Analyst, and a supervisor in both the Training Unit and on Patrol. A highly proactive officer, he has been awarded with the Life Saving Medal and the Medal of Valor and is a past recipient of both the Mark Vance Domestic Violence Officer of the Year and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Officer of the Year awards.
He was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2016 and served for a term as Watch Commander for 3rd Platoon on Patrol. In his current assignment, he oversees several divisions of the Administrative Bureau including the Records Division, Municipal Court, and the Quartermaster/Evidence Unit.