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Superintendent study pays off

by Katrina Kalleske

Commissioner Mal Hyde (left) with Inspector Paul Bahr who was named Top Student.UniSA’s partnership with the South Australian Police Force (SAPOL) is continuing to flourish with another group of officers graduating from the Superintendent Qualification Program; at the same time as another group starts their study.

The thirteen graduates now have the knowledge and skills to enable them to be promoted to the role of Superintendent.

The Top Student Award for the sixth intake was awarded to Inspector Paul Bahr at the graduation ceremony in early August. Inspector Bahr has been with SAPOL for 28 years and is certainly no stranger to study.

He has been engaged in study throughout his career as he has progressed through the ranks and his indepth knowledge of the 1975 Australian constitutional crises earned him the title of the 2008 series winner of ABC TV’s Einstein Factor program.

Inspector Bahr said that the knowledge gained from the Superintendent program has already helped a great deal in his work.

“The program will obviously help us all achieve a promotion but even before it was completed, I was using knowledge from it to develop strategic plans and improve my understanding of financial planning and accountability, as well as improving the level of rigor in my day-to-day work,” Inspector Bahr said.

“I think most people would jump at opportunities like this to improve their knowledge and skills, regardless of whether it eventually led to promotion or not.

“It was also a great opportunity to work in an academic environment and see elements of the community that police officers might not otherwise encounter, especially in an atmosphere where ideas can be freely expressed and discussed.”

However, working and studying is never an easy task and Superintendent Bahr said the program did have its challenges such as juggling work/life balance around his active family. But he said the key for him was using every minute of spare time productively, such as reading textbooks on his 30 minute bus trip to and from work.

After 28 years working for the same organisation, Inspector Bahr clearly still enjoys his work and the challenges it presents.

“I’ve had tremendous opportunities to challenge myself in a diverse range of areas from CSI/forensic science, to project management, managing police operations and developing new practices and procedures,” he said.

“SAPOL provides such a great variety of opportunities, and there is an ability to move within the organisation and be challenged by new experiences.”

UniSA Director of Strategic Partnerships in the Division of Business, Ross Morriss, congratulated the students on their success.

“You have done an outstanding job juggling full-time work with study over the past 17 months,” Morriss said.

“As a university we are pleased to have been working with SAPOL since 2003 on this Superintendent program.

“Over that time the program has evolved and adapted to the changing needs of SAPOL, and it’s great to know that we have played our small part in building capability aligned to SAPOL’s learning needs.”

Midyear graduations

Meanwhile, UniSA held its midyear graduations during August. Almost 2000 graduates had their degrees conferred while five special awards were given out. For more information see: http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/2010/060810.asp