West Midlands police charters new course

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



(2004), "West Midlands police charters new course", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 36 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/ict.2004.03736fab.002



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West Midlands police charters new course

West Midlands police charters new course

A pilot group of UK police officers and staff is to develop its management and leadership skills through a partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

West Midlands police is to become the first police force nationally to put its officers and civilian employees through the institute's chartered-manager programme. The professional designation, launched to raise performance levels and improve career-development opportunities, will test ability to meet the community's needs, lead people and manage change.

The 14 people selected to begin the scheme will be required to complete an assignment, focusing on management issues relevant to civilian or police scenarios. To be awarded chartered-manager status, each participant will also need to demonstrate an ability to drive change and increase operational efficiency.

The chartered-manager programme has been designed to provide an independent benchmark of individual performance in the workplace. As a complementary scheme to West Midlands Police's own training scheme, it will enhance the management career structure provided by the force.

Inspector Yvonne Harris, leadership-strategy co-ordinator for West Midlands Police, said: “The scheme is significant because our staff will only be able to retain chartered-manager status if they demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development. That means no one can rest on the laurels of an award and our local community will benefit from police who are determined to be the best”.

Participants also have to undergo 3608 appraisals from colleagues and attend a panel interview as part of the final assessment.

This latest initiative forms part of the force's wider leadership programme, which is designed to provide leaders with a framework for individual development and examples of good practice. The programme includes workshops, lectures and seminars, delivered on a monthly basis and which include a range of speakers, both internal and external, police and non-police.

Christine Hayhurst, director of professional affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: “Modern management is about getting the best out of your people and this often involves creating a strong team ethic. By giving colleagues an opportunity to assess candidates' management capabilities, the aspiring chartered managers will know what skills they need to improve and what their teams expect of them”.

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