Public Safety Leadership Institute to Open at Madonna University

October 05, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University has established the Public Safety Leadership Institute to fill the void for public safety leadership training. According to the Institute’s Director, David Harvey, instructors at the Institute will provide professional development for current and developing leaders across a broad spectrum of disciplines within the public safety field, as well as other public service professions.

Training will be offered through seminars, lectures, workshops and a command college, and will also be coordinated with academic degree programs at Madonna.

“Creating a public safety leadership institute aligns with our core values at Madonna University,” said Tara Kane, director of Madonna’s criminal justice program. “We not only prepare future leaders academically, through our bachelor’s and master’s degrees, we also provide continuing education for leaders in law enforcement and public safety throughout the state.”

Harvey said, “Our aim is to deliver innovative, cutting-edge professional development in a variety of training modalities, so as to prepare our public safety leaders to provide first-rate public service while addressing contemporary challenges.”

The Institute’s first workshop will be held Friday, Nov. 3, in Kresge Hall. The topic of the program is: Not Just Protect and Serve Anymore: the expanding role and responsibilities of today's law enforcement, and evidence-based tools for addressing America's drug epidemic.

Having served as a public administrator, Harvey understands the challenges of accessing quality training on a limited budget. “At the Institute, we pledge to provide the best professional development by seeking out respected experts from local, state and national agencies to share their knowledge. And we will offer training at fair and reasonable rates,” Harvey committed.

Conveniently located on Madonna University’s campus on I-96, just east of I-275 in Livonia, Michigan, the Public Safety Leadership Institute is an easy commute for many public safety professionals. The University’s new residence halls will offer a comfortable option for those attending week-long training.

Director of Madonna’s Public Safety Leadership Institute, David Harvey
David Harvey

Prior to becoming director of Madonna’s Public Safety Leadership Institute, Harvey served for seven years as director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. While his law enforcement career began as a United States Army military police officer, he spent most of his career as a police officer in Garden City, Mich., where he retired as chief of police. He also served as city manager for Garden City, and as police chief of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Authority. Harvey has traveled to other countries to consult and speak on law enforcement issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

About Madonna University 

Liberal arts, career preparation and service learning are the hallmarks of a Madonna University ( education. For 80 years, Madonna University professors have been preparing students for careers in criminal justice, nursing, education, business, social work, science, and the arts, through more than 100 majors and minors. More than 80 police chiefs and directors of public safety, in Michigan and other states, are graduates of Madonna University’s criminal justice program, which was launched in 1972. Madonna’s Graduate School offers master’s, doctoral and certificate programs in 30-plus areas of study, including a master’s in criminal justice leadership and intelligence.

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