A force in education
by Katrina Kalleske
South Australia Police (SAPOL) has 15 officers ready for promotion to Superintendent, following the fifth year of a UniSA management education program tailored to meet their needs.
The officers have graduated from the UniSA Superintendent Qualification Program which was developed by the University’s Strategic Partnerships group, specifically for SAPOL.
The 18-month course has seen five lots of graduates since its inception. And in 2009, the University and SAPOL will further their relationship with a new Bachelor of Policing set to begin mid-year.
At the recent graduation, Keryl Howie received an award for being the "top participant" in the course.
"There were a lot of high achievers in the course and just to be studying with them was great and then to be recognised with this award in front of them was a real surprise," Howie said.
Howie has been in the SA Police for 28 years and saw the course as a good opportunity for career development.
Bob Fauser from the Police Academy, which organises the course, said the program is seen as being very important to SA Police.
"The academy view it as an opportunity to develop its future leaders in a way that exposes them to situations outside the organisation," Bob Fauser said.
"The technical skills that they are given are important, and it is also teaching them to think and solve in different ways."
A roll-out of similar courses throughout Australia is also a possibility and SAPOL is writing a national plan for improving the skills of officers.