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Scholarship applications for emergency management volunteers now open

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is administering scholarships on behalf of the Australian Government for emergency management volunteers to undertake accredited emergency management vocational or higher education. Scholarships applications open 2 April 2018.

The scholarships are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents who are volunteers in an emergency management agency.

This is your chance to secure up to $12,000 towards your vocational training or up to $25,000 for higher education.

AIDR encourages applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander volunteers, and those living in regional and rural areas.

For details on who is eligible to apply and how to prepare your application find out more at the AIDR website:

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Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference

The Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP) will hold its third annual conference between 31st May – 1 June 2017 at the Australian Institute of Police Management, Manly, Australia.

The conference brings together a world class group of speakers, from serving police commissioners to leading research professionals, to examine how Evidence Based Policing can move beyond rhetoric and into practice. The conference will examine complex police problems, explore leadership and learning organisations and report on the latest in the craft and science of policing. There will be panel discussion and workshop intensives on research methods and resources for use by police.

Don’t miss out on getting your place in the discussion on how to develop, disseminate and advocate using scientific research (“the evidence”) to guide best practice in all aspects of policing.

Location: Australian Institute of Police Management (map)

Date: 31st May – 1st June 2017

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2017 Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership

2017 Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership

Commissioner's Forum




In October the AIPM completed its two week residential for the 2016 Graduate Diploma program. This year 43 participants from 14 agencies from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong enrolled in the program.  While at Manly, participants completed their third unit (AIPM701S3 Executive Leadership Development) towards their post graduate degree.

During the two weeks, participants were supported by 6 executive level visiting fellows  including Assistant Commissioner Linda Fellows (SA Pol), Assistant Commissioner Robert Gee (Q Pol), Assistant National Commander Kerry Gregory (NZFS), Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill (Vic Pol), Assistant Commissioner Oscar Kwok (HK PF) and Assistant Commissioner Craig Ward (WA Pol)).  Some of the highlights of the residential included the Commissioner’s Forum involving Commissioners Grant Stevens (SA Pol), Katarina Carroll (QFES), Reece Kershaw (NTPF), Craig Lapsley (EMC), Mike Bush (NZ Pol) and Greg Mullins (FR NSW), as well as the industry study visits to Google, eBay, Melbourne IT and Johnson and Johnson.

“This forum was without doubt one of the best learning opportunities that I have experienced. Definitely a highlight of the residential for me! Great authentic conversations which will impact on my future leadership.”

The AIPM gratefully acknowledges the contributions of all presenters, visiting fellows, executives and organisations in supporting the 2016 Graduate Diploma residential program.

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Creating adaptable and innovative police organisations – Masterclass

What makes police organisations resistant to change?JoeSchafer-website2

The nature of policing is changing. Proactive and transformative change is required for police to remain effective. Commissioner Andrew Colvin of the Australian Federal Police spoke about the need to re-imagine policing into the future:

“This is about being progressive in policing and not just considering the way that we’ve always done things in the past. We have to be innovative…”

Police organisations consist of complicated systems of people, processes, structure and technology. Yet change is a human experience and its pace and effectiveness will be driven by culture. Resistance to change is a well documented challenge for leaders, in any setting.

“…real reform, real change is uncomfortable.” (Andrew Colvin, February 2016)

We are pleased to be providing another exclusive opportunity to engage with an internationally renowned visiting scholar, Professor Joseph A. Schafer, an expert in police organisational development.

This Masterclass will examine organisational change in the context of policing. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how to recognise the foundations and milestones of successful change in their organisation. Participants will examine why culture in police organisations is so resilient to change but how it offers the key to successful transformation.
Unique development opportunity with international expert.

Joseph A. Schafer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He researches and writes extensively on the future of policing and public safety.

His recent writings include Policing 2020: Exploring the Future of Crime, Communities and Policing (2007, project editor), The Future of Policing: A Practical Guide for Police Leaders and Managers (2012), Effective Leadership in Policing: Successful Traits & Habits (2013), and more than 50 research and policy articles appearing in various academic journals and policing periodicals.

Drawing on the expertise of AIPM Visiting Scholar Professor Joseph Schafer and other guests, this highly interactive and informative day will be most beneficial to sworn and unsworn staff (Inspector – APS Executive Level 1 – Clerk 9/10) who are responsible for delivering and developing local and corporate change initiatives.

The Masterclass is priced at only $97 (GST inc) with lunch and morning/afternoon tea breaks included.

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: AIPM, Manly (map)

We are pleased to be able to offer this exclusively reasonable rate for the opportunity to connect with international experts on crime, research, practice and public safety policy.


Public safety leadership: What’s further down the road?

The first 2016 Living Leadership newsletter is out.

Andy Singh ruminates on the nature of public safety leadership education, where the AIPM has been, and what may be further down the road…

Interested in Future Crime? Then you may be interested in coming to a workshop with our 2016 Professor In Residence 29 Feb – 1 March. Read on to find out more.

Excerpt from newsletter:

“In late January I drove into one of those tiny towns which are so easy to miss when barreling down the highway. Jugiong has more dogs than people. It also has a wonderfully named café, the Long Track Pantry, I entered and took a seat.Long Track Pantry

The town’s very existence is from another time, when towns were spaced out, a day’s travel on foot from the last. Each stop providing an opportunity to halt, rest and consider the next stage of the journey.

As my coffee arrives, the reflections of a traveller stir me to consider my own journey, and that of the AIPM over the last three years. 2013 saw the adoption of the AIPM’s new business plan, designed to grasp the opportunities of our renovated site in Manly, and commit to a broadening of support for the police jurisdictions and all other public safety agencies. Like the travellers of old, we used 2013 as a waypoint to look back over the previous decade, and consider the way forward over the next ten. Jugiong, caught between Yass and Gundagai, was also a waypoint, never a destination, and likewise the AIPM, could not afford to remain long in one spot.

Read the rest

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Research Focus: Enhancing police legitimacy through evidence based practice

Evidence based policing is based on grounding public safety work in sound scientific evidence, not just tradition.

Evidence comes in many shapes and sizes. Some questions call for robust methodologies such as randomized control trials. Other questions call for more exploratory methods to help us understand the problem at hand before trialing a solution.

Reporting on an innovative experiment in Queensland, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle and her team discuss how tailoring the way police speak to people during routine encounters (in this case an RBT) can have significant implications for police-community relations.

This edition of Public Safety Leadership Research Focus provides some insight into how evidence based practice can help inform decision making and achieve organisational goals.

View the Research Focus paper here

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The boundaries of leading

The September version of AIPM’s Living Leadership newsletter is out. Andy Singh ruminates on the boundaries of leadership and the importance of the uniform and how it might be perceived as a barrier internally and externally for public safety institutions. Also we highlight an easier way to search research articles for your study, by accessing the AIPM Library’s databases.

Excerpt from newsletter:

“Hi. I always like driving out of Sydney. The highways follow a set of natural boundaries which have been channelling humanity for thousands of years. Even though I am driving down a modern highway, I can feel its path and my journey were established long ago by history and nature.Living Leadership September 2015

My destination is a small country town where I am interviewing a public safety leader. We meet at a café and soon we are moving through some small talk. As this is our first meeting, I am trying to work out how I can engage with him in a meaningful way. We talk of his job, his role, his team, his relationship with the organisation and the community.

By the time coffee arrives, we are discussing some of the many managerial challenges facing most public safety organisations in regional areas. As he talks, I am drawn to his uniform, he wears it with pride, decorated with badges of honour. Here is a person dedicated to the safety of others, of his community, here is a proud man.

As we finish our coffee, the pauses grow longer and the conversation grows darker. I’ve heard this conversation before in many country towns. The local leader, the local icon, the 24 hour unrelenting public gaze, the lack of boundaries between the public and private roles. Soon I am listening to the loneliness of the role…” Read the rest

Photo: NSW Govt. National Parks & Wildlife

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Women leaders find impact in leading through adversity

Last week 19 women from various public safety agencies stationed all over Australia and the Pacific joined the staff at AIPM for the third iteration of the Balance: Women Leaders in Public Safety program.Group-Balance

The AIPM facilitators were accompanied by mentors from New South Wales Police Force, Victoria Police, New South Wales Ambulance and the Australian Federal Police. These mentors will serve as important motivators and connectors throughout this distinctive program.

The Balance program is designed in three stages: two residential phases separated by a workplace development phase. This framework provides an opportunity for experimentation with key learnings in the workplace with reflections on the results shared among the participants.

The just completed first phase was held at the AIPM site in Manly, an extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful learning environment. The range of views brought by the diverse mix of participants from police, fire, emergency services and other public safety organisations enhanced the experience incredibly.

While many concepts were covered throughout this residential phase, key themes across the week included managing self, leading from adversity, leadership behaviours and influencing.

One participant commented: ‘The Leadership in Adversity Forum was very impactful. It stands out because it gave me the strength to step out of my comfort zone. I am really looking forward to the challenges of Phase two and the opportunity reconnect again in Phase 3’.

A very powerful part of the program was the Leading from Adversity concept. The AIPM was privileged to engage with key public sector leaders to share and learn together around the concept of adversity. The program was also enhanced through the contribution of external presenters Dr Liz Temple from the Federation University of Australia and Rebecca Laska Senior Psychologist from the New South Wales Police Force.

One of the most valuable parts of the program was bringing together participants who have not met before and who leave deeply connected after having explored and shared leadership experiences throughout the week. Their generosity is amazing and created a deep connection among a very special group of women.classroom

The AIPM and mentors support participants during Phase Two which is a workplace phase where participants put into practice their learnings, experiment and challenge themselves to take ownership of their personal development.

The AIPM facilitation and education support teams are looking forward to reconnecting with participants in Phase three when they return to the AIPM in October 2015.

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AIPM alumni Conrad Barr appointed new ACT Emergency Service Chief Officer

conrad-barr-pageThe AIPM would like to congratulate Conrad Barr on his recent appointment to lead the ACT Emergency Services. He previously served as Deputy Chief Officer of ACT Fire & Rescue and has almost 30 years experience in emergency response and emergency management.

He has been a previous participant on our Graduate Certificate program (AFAC Executive Development Program 2004) and most recently on the Strategic Command Program (2015).


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Research Focus – Toward a profession of police leadership

This special edition of the Public Safety Leadership Research Focus is reproduced in part from the ‘New Perspectives in Policing’ paper : Toward a profession of police leadership. This report is one in a series of papers that have arisen out of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety (2008-2014), jointly run by Harvard Kennedy School and the National Institute of Justice.

No profession is more dependent on the quality of its leadership than policing. But unless careful thought is given to its development, dispersal, context, and practical application, individual leadership skill training will not translate into organizational success. Edward Flynn, Chief of Police, Milwaukee Police Department

Read the Public Safety Leadership Research Focus Newsletter.

Links to the Full Harvard Report can be found at the end of the issue.

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