Schulich and YRP launch leadership training program

Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business at York University and York Regional Police (YRP) have teamed up to launch the Future of Leadership in Policing Program to strengthen the business and leadership skills of both sworn and civilian members.

“We are proud to partner with YRP as it addresses the challenges of policing in perhaps the most diverse region of the country and one that serves the community of York University,” says Schulich ExecEd Executive Director Rami Mayer.

“YRP has recognized that the high standards and values of the police service are reinforced and strengthened by leadership training at all levels of the organization. As such, it is making a significant and important investment in its people,” he says.

Described by Schulich as “highly-customized,” the program was launched in May and is comprised of five streams that support the various units, job positions and members at YRP. It promises to help learners identify potential avenues for growth.

“We have long held at Schulich ExecEd that leadership values, skills and decision-making capabilities are a continuum from early in-career to senior roles,” Mayer says. “Leadership behaviours must be demonstrated in different ways across the talent pipeline. YRP has recognized this, and the training provided will be customized and targeted at different job categories and roles, each with their own specific challenges and the respective leadership skills required.”

Learners who are remote or in the field can access the program in a fully live, virtual format. “The best part of the Future of Leadership in Policing Program is that it was designed with our people at top of mind,” says YRP Chief Jim MacSween. “Our members work in so many different roles and diverse working environments across the region, so it was critical to find education opportunities that were accessible to all.”

Upon program completion, each participant will receive a Schulich ExecEd digital micro-credential. Micro-credentials are rapid training programs offered by postsecondary education institutions to help learners retrain and/or upgrade their skills to grow their careers and diversity their skillsets, specializations and knowledge.

Receiving a micro-credential identifies YRP team members’ commitment to embarking on their professional development journey and commitment to being exceptional leaders in their communities, Schulich ExecEd notes.

Photo of Chief Jim MacSween courtesy of York Regional Police.

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