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OACP/Rotman Leadership Program Trains Police Executives

by NationTalk on April 16, 20081853 Views

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TORONTO, ON – A ninth group of police executives will graduate on April 12, 2008 from an MBA-style program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Their newly acquired management and leadership skills will help them to better meet the challenges in today’s complex policing environment. The program includes participants from police services across the province, including Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police and the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS). For the first time since the program’s inception the class also includes an international participant from the Taiwan National Police Agency.Faced with the increasing challenges of policing in Canada, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) partnered with the Rotman School of Management to create a unique three-week educational program for its members. Nine years later, the Police Leadership Program (PLP) has provided leadership and management training for 143 future and current police leaders in municipal, provincial, and military police services nationwide. Graduates have been promoted to the highest ranks within their organizations.

Nishnwabe-Aski Police Service is the largest First Nations police service in Canada and the second largest in North America. NAPS employs employs 134 uniform officers and 30 civilians. The service polices 35 communities across the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Territory which encompasses nearly two thirds of the Province of Ontario – Thunder Bay to Hudson Bay; Manitoba to Quebec. Deputy Chief Domm is the first member of the service to graduate from this course. He is a member of the OACP, CACP and the FNCPA.

“The policing challenges of today and tomorrow will require critical thinkers who are willing to think strategically. It means that our police leaders need to be among the very best leaders in our society,” said OACP President William Blair. “The partnership between OACP and Rotman is a key component in providing the very best leadership training to police executives in the Province of Ontario.”

The current class represents 16 police services from across the province, and one international police service. The program features classroom instruction by Rotman faculty, peer interaction, and presentations by business leaders including Frank Clegg, Chairman Navantis Inc., and former President Microsoft Canada and police-related speakers such as William Blair, Chief of the Toronto Police Service.

Alumni of the program promoted to the position of chief since graduating from PLP include: Bill Blair (Toronto Police Service), Ian Davidson (Greater Sudbury Police Service), Murray Faulkner (London Police Service), Brian Mullan (Hamilton Police Service), Wendy Southall (Niagara Regional Police Service) and Captain Steve Moore (Canadian Forces Provost Marshal).

“Today’s police leaders need many of the same skills as business managers,” says Rotman professor Ramy Elitzur, academic director of the program. “During their three weeks in the Police Leadership Program participants acquire valuable management and leadership skills they can take back to better serve the regions they are accountable for-their communities.”

The ceremonial graduation for the current class takes place at the Rotman School, Saturday, April 12, 2008 beginning at 1:30 pm. Police chiefs and senior officers, civic representatives, the graduates’ families, and program alumni will attend the ceremony.

Police Leadership Program – Graduates, Spring 2008

Inspector Carolyn Bishop, York Regional Police
Superintendent Jerome Brannagan, Windsor Police Service
Inspector André Crawford, York Regional Police
Staff Superintendent Glenn De Caire, Toronto Police Service
Deputy Chief John Domm, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service
Inspector Jim Farrell, Barrie Police Service
Inspector Bill Faulkner, York Regional Police
Inspector Dave Gerencser, Waterloo Regional Police Service
Specialist Lien-Sung (Jason) Hou, Taiwan National Police Agency
Staff Sergeant Jeff Littlewood, Chatham-Kent Police Service
Inspector Garry Male, Guelph Police Service
Inspector Kirk Marshall, York Regional Police
Superintendent Joe Matthews, Niagara Regional Police Service
Inspector Deborah McDonald, Peel Regional Police Service
Inspector Cory McMullan, Peterborough Lakefield Community Police
Ms. Judy Moffat, Peel Regional Police Service
Inspector Chris Ostler, Durham Regional Police Service
Detective Inspector Dan Taddeo, Thunder Bay Police
Inspector Ronnie Van Dam, Sarnia Police Service
Deputy Chief Sherry Whiteway, Durham Regional Police Service
Inspector Dave Wiedrick, Brantford Police Service
Deputy Chief Alan Williams, North Bay Police Service

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world’s most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions. The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
Voice: 416.946.3818

Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and Communications
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
40 College Street, Ste. 605,
Toronto, ON M5G 2J3
Voice: 416-926-0424
Cell: 416-270-0372

Posted on 16 Apr 2008

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