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New Trent program aimed at police officials

Trent University Durham GTA’s latest program will help senior police officials to better understand changing frameworks of police services and police services boards.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Senior Police Leadership offered to practicing police leaders, both sworn and civilian at the sergeant level and above, can be completed at Trent’s GTA campus. Applications for the program are now being accepted, with the first course commencing the week of Sept. 23.

“Successful leaders in the highest ranks of today’s police services require a unique set of skills: strategic vision and planning, political prowess, team building and motivation, media expertise, budgeting, and an understanding of complex community needs,” says Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor at Trent University. “These types of skills and training cannot be attained through career assignments alone – today’s police leaders need a new senior police leadership curriculum.”

A team of academics and senior police leaders, both active and retired, created the certificate program.

“I believe this program is the missing link in the police learning continuum around leadership and management,” says Murray Rodd, retired Chief of Police for the Peterborough Police Service, who was involved with the development of the program. “Policing has evolved to include more calls that used to be outside of police mandate and modern police leaders must also evolve with the times.”

The program allows learners to complete course blocks on a variety of topics ranging from governance and civilian oversight to police leaders foundations and leadership skills.

Each five-day course is designed around a mix of lectures, case studies, and seminar discussions.

Applications are now being accepted for this program. Learn more at