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ECU joining forces to teach police leadership

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


WA Police are boosting their leadership skills in a new course co-delivered by Edith Cowan University (ECU) and the WA Police Academy.

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management is an intensive professional development course designed specifically for mid and senior-level WA Police staff and was developed as part of ECU’s commitment to the Joondalup Learning Precinct (JLP).

The first group of 23 participants are currently undertaking the first unit of the program, with lecturers from ECU’s School of Management presenting the theoretical components, which include units in leadership, change management and business strategy.

Special WA Police guest speakers have also shared their experiences of leadership with the participants, discussing topics such as emotional intelligence, reflective journal writing and change within WA Police.

Mr Ryan Hancock is one of 23 participants in the course and is enjoying the mix of theoretical and practical elements.

“It encourages us to reflect on our own leadership and transfer our learning to the workplace,” he said.

ECU School of Management Program Coordinator Ms Glenda Scott believes 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.

ECU’s School of Management hopes to collaborate with other organisations in the future to develop further professional development courses.

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