In the media: Detroit police to be trained in business management practices


The Detroit Police Leadership Academy, a new executive development program in Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business, launches today with the goal of helping the city's police department run more like a business.

The approximately 20 Detroit police participants range in rank from lieutenant to assistant chief. Five members of the Wayne State Police Department will also take the five-month course.

Participants who complete the program will earn 16 college credits, or half of the credits needed to earn an MBA.

During a Friday news conference at police headquarters announcing the program, Mayor Mike Duggan said basic business practices can be applied successfully to police work.

"(Thursday) we were able to announce the great progress the Detroit Police Department and partners like the Wayne State Police have been able to make reducing crime in our city," the mayor said. "Having effective leadership in these departments has been a key reason for this success. This new academy will allow us to train the future leaders who will be able to continue this progress."

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