Police Executive Education
UPSI have been running a series of very successful executive education seminars since early 2010 for South Wales Police. These events are central in delivering SWP’s aim to develop and harness ‘talent’ in all layers of the organisation. Involving speakers drawn from across the police, industry, academy and government, each event has addressed a different contemporary challenge for police reform. Each seminar has been tailor-made, informed by speakers with genuine expertise in their area and provides participants with the ‘space’ to think innovatively and be challenged about how they can work more effectively and efficantly.
The first Masterclass run by UPSI was held in March 2010 where Prof. Rod Morgan of UPSI provided a detailed analysis of the prospects for criminal justice reform in an era of austerity.
Aspects of the conversation started at the first seminar were continued on 21st May 2010 when the topic was ‘Policing and Community Safety After the Recession in Wales’. Speakers from across the universities of Cardiff and Glamorgan, talked about their research and the state of the evidence base in relation to a range of different topics including: economic crime; violent crime; anti-social behaviour; ‘honour based’ crime; and counter terrorism.
‘Police Leadership During Challenging Times’ was the focus in September. Along with speakers from UPSI and South Wales Police, a senior representative from the Home Office talked in detail to participants about some of the thinking underpinning the coalition government’s ‘Police Reform and Social Responsibility’ Bill. Attendees also benefited from a wider view on strategic leadership in the retail industry provided by a Managing Director from John Lewis.
‘Doing Better with Less – A Quality Service’ was the title for the event on 26th January 2011. BT’s Business Development Director spoke on the subject of ‘agile working’ and all participants were encouraged to make a statement of intent at the end of the day about how they were going to work differently in the future.
Most recently, on 25th March 2011 seventy officers from across South Wales came together to work on the theme of ‘Policing Change and Change Policing’. The keynote speaker for the morning was Ms. Jan Berry who talked about her work for the government about reducing bureaucracy in policing. Other speakers explored how to better understand and empower communities by encouraging social responsibility.
UPSI’s next Executive Education event will be in June on ‘Challenging Organisational Cultures’ featuring prominent speakers from industry and academia.