NSW Police Leadership Centre opens on Hawkesbury campus


Date: 18/03/2009

A new leadership centre to help develop the next generation of senior NSW Police officers has been established at the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury campus.

The new centre will be run independently by NSW Police under its Education and Training Command. It will be used as the main delivery site for study programs, workshops and courses for members of the Force above the rank of Inspector.

The facility comprises two refurbished cottages, technically advanced facilities, a conference centre and a 30 bed motel.

UWS Vice-Chancellor Professor Janice Reid says the opening of the Centre ushers in a new phase in the relationship between the University and the NSW Police Force.

"This is a wonderful demonstration of our ongoing association with NSW Police," says Professor Reid.

"UWS has long valued the opportunity to work with NSW Police to inform, complement and strengthen our teaching and learning across our degree programs in forensic science, criminology and policing."

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione APM says the Centre will grow innovative leaders and give officers the skills to not only lead in the police service but lead in the community too.

"It's about investing in our future in a way that's never been done before in Australian policing and those who participate will come away with a broad knowledge of the issues that are confronting both police and society today," says Mr Scipione.

"The NSW Police Force has a long and productive relationship with the tertiary sector and one of the fruits of that relationship is very apparent in this Centre.

"It will expose our leaders to much more than the traditional teaching methods for police. Through it and the technology it offers, they will have access to world class research and experts," he says.

The leadership centre will complement the existing Goulburn Police College where police officers begin their training.

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