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ECU and WA Police partnership on the way to success

Thursday, 10 March 2011

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As part of ECU’s commitment to partnership within the Joondalup Learning Precinct, the Faculty of Business and Law has recently helped to develop an intensive professional development course for the WA Police.

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management was created in a unique collaboration with the WA Police Academy, and designed specifically for mid- and senior-level WA Police staff. The first group of participants are currently undertaking the first unit of the program.

Co-delivered by both institutions, the content and theoretical components of the program are presented by ECU lecturers, and the contextual learning is provided by WA Police guest lecturers.

The program as a whole focuses on reflective learning, ensuring both the professional and personal development of the WA Police participants.

School of Management lecturers Dr Llandis Barratt-Pugh and Associate Professor Peter Standen are currently involved in the project, teaching the first unit ‘Leadership and Change Management’.

Special WA Police guest speakers have also shared their experiences of leadership with the participants, discussing topics such as emotional intelligence and its application for both professional and personal development.

Program Co-ordinator Ms Glenda Scott is delighted with the partnership, and believes that the course will help provide WA Police staff with important skills for the future.

“Leadership and management are powerful skills. Through sharing our knowledge of these areas, and applying it to the policing context, we hope to equip WA Police staff with the skills to become leaders in their industry,” she said.

WA Police Assistant Commissioner for Professional Development Gary Dreibergs said that the course had been in the planning stages for a long time, and was pleased that it was now being offered to their staff.

“I’m impressed with the collaboration between WA Police and ECU to ensure that this leadership learning is meaningful and contextualised to policing,” he said.

Program participants also noted that the course focused equally on both theoretical and practical elements. One of the 23 participants, Mr Ryan Hancock, said: “The program is interesting and challenging because it is not only academic and theory based. It encourages us to reflect on our own leadership and transfer our learning to the workplace.”

The qualification is the first of its kind in WA, and due to the high level of positive feedback already received, is anticipated to run again in future years.

More information

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management, contact Ms Glenda Scott.

Program Co-ordinator
Ms Glenda Scott
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5496
Email: glenda.scott@ecu.edu.au

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