Volunteers become better leaders

2018-02-13 06:00
More than 50 volunteers, community leaders and police officers from Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park started a leadership course that will run once a month at the Mitchell’s Plain police station boardroom. PhOTOs: Samantha lee

More than 50 volunteers, community leaders and police officers from Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park started a leadership course that will run once a month at the Mitchell’s Plain police station boardroom. PhOTOs: Samantha lee

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More than 50 police officers and community volunteers from Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park attended the first class of a free leadership course presented by a local aimed at giving back to the community.

Reverend Doctor Randall Petersen, designed the course after graduating from UCT and has presented the course in several capacities. This was the first time that the course was offered to police and community volunteers.

Run through the Mitchell’s Plain police station management, the course offers two modules with sessions once per month for the next 11 months.

The Dynamic Leadership Training is the brainchild of Petersen who runs the training free of charge. This is his way of giving back.

Police spokesperson, Captain Ian Williams, says the applications were opened to police and community volunteers and ­leaders­. “The initiative was open to everyone on a first come first served basis. There are police officers, some neighbourhood watch members and some people from the Community Policing Forum and churches from Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park.”

The participants must complete the 11 classes in order to graduate in December.

The first module will be “Transforming management” covering topics such as defining management and communication and the second module “Transforming Leadership” will include making people effective leaders, leadership qualities and attributes and value systems behind the leadership approach. Registration for the course is closed and no other residents can join midway through.

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