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Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start


NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.McGuire, who got his own start in the criminal justice field when he was an Explorer with the Palos Heights Police Department in 1990, volunteers on an Exploring steering committee as the Law Enforcement Explorer Vice Chair. In this position, he gives NLU’s Criminal Justice program visibility to about 500 young people, ages 14-20, interested in law enforcement and criminal justice careers.

McGuire and NLU have worked with the Elgin, Elmhurst, Warrenville, Addison, Palos Heights, Palos Park and Woodstock police departments, in addition to customs and border protection. Richard Schak, NLU’s Criminal Justice program director, and McGuire have done seminars and trainings for numerous Explorer posts.

They also just finished conducting a summer leadership academy for about 20 youths at NLU’s Lisle campus. During this training, experts address the group about topics such as evidence, bomb and arson investigation, profiling and homicide investigations.

McGuire and Schak are also working closely with the Three Fires Boy Scout Council in DuPage County to launch an Explorer post for law enforcement careers and education.

McGuire and other NLU Criminal Justice faculty work with law enforcement agencies and programs throughout the year, lecturing, providing scenarios and judging competitions for Explorers from various posts.

“Danny received the gratitude of his program leadership and deserves kudos from National Louis as well,” said Schak.