After a year of intensive training and professional development, the first cohort of eight students from five different police units have successfully completed the University's Senior Police Leadership Micro-Credential certificate program.
The program, which was launched in May 2022, aims to equip police officers with essential skills in leadership, decision-making, governance, and community engagement to excel in leadership roles within the ever-changing landscape of police services and boards.
“Our program is designed not just to educate, but to transform,” shared Lieutenant-Colonel Angelo N. Caravaggio, who leads the certificate program. “We are proud to witness these graduates embarking on their leadership journeys, equipped with the skills and insights needed to make meaningful contributions to the dynamic landscape of law enforcement.”
Discovering leadership potential
At an informal ceremony held at the Peterborough Police Service headquarters, three local members of the graduating cohort were recognized for their exceptional achievements.
Among them, Sandra Dueck, the corporate communications coordinator for the Service, was one of the first students to receive the professional certificate and said that taking the course allowed her to expand her knowledge and experience while learning that anyone can be a leader.
“I like learning about good leadership, and how to be a leader. I think it shows that anybody within an organization can be a leader — you don’t have to be at the top of the structure,” says Dueck. “Since our organization is an institutional one, that’s really important to foster the leadership right through the organization.”
This milestone marks a significant step forward in addressing the evolving needs of policing by developing effective, and well-informed police leaders.