From left, Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni and Mayor Robert Denner congratulate Lt. James Bostock for graduating this spring from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command at a June 10 City Council meeting.

From left, Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni and Mayor Robert Denner congratulate Lt. James Bostock for graduating this spring from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command at a June 10 City Council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


Grosse Pointe Park lieutenant honored for completing public safety leadership program

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 26, 2019

GROSSE POINTE PARK — One of the tasks of a police chief is to “prepare people for leadership” in the future, and Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said one of his department’s command staff members is making strides toward accepting a higher position.

During a June 10 City Council meeting, Lt. James Bostock received special recognition from city leaders for having successfully completed the 10-week staff and command program conducted in Troy by the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command from Jan. 7 to May 24.

Started by the Center for Public Safety in 1983, Poloni said this program has graduated more than 16,000 students around the world and provides “upper-level college instruction” in areas such as leadership, media relations, budgeting, grant writing, human resources, applied statistics, planning and policy development, civil liability and organizational behavior.

Poloni said chiefs need to “evaluate talent” and “put them in the proper training” so that the next generation of leaders can develop the skills they need to run a department. He called this “an intensive program” that requires a lot of personal drive.

“I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this prestigious program,” Bostock told the council.

Before the meeting, Bostock said he has been working for the Park Public Safety Department for the last 16 years. He spent a year prior to that with the Detroit Police Department. Bostock was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2011 and lieutenant in 2015.

“I was lucky to be selected to go,” Bostock said of being accepted. He was one of 44 officers from across Michigan who took part in it this year. Bostock is looking forward to sharing what he learned with his fellow officers.

“Anything I can bring back to make a contribution,” he said.

Poloni and Mayor Robert Denner publicly presented Bostock with his framed certificate of completion.

“I can’t say enough how proud the city is of your accomplishments,” Denner told Bostock. “I’m really proud to see that you’ve taken that next step.”