Sgt. Donovan Tait humanizes police work. As the commander leading the RCMP detachment for the Nass Valley and Nisga’a Nation, Tait’s approach is empowering and engaging a community in its own safety. That work comes from a belief that police need to connect with people on a more human level, he says. “We must engage our key people, agencies and services to come to the table and discuss matters of safety. We need to be creative, thoughtful and sensitive. We have to talk to each other,” he says. “People have to see the police as part of the community. We are going to limit ourselves otherwise. RCMP managers should challenge themselves to look outside of the organization to develop their creative side of leadership.”
The desire to do just that led Tait to Royal Roads University, where he recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. The program gave him courage to introduce new ideas, he says. The resulting impact has not gone unnoticed and Tait was awarded a Crime Prevention and Community Safety Leadership Award from the Ministry of Justice and the BC Crime Prevention Association Nov. 2 – just 11 months into his posting and two days after completing his program. The award recognizes individual efforts to promote safe communities through innovative initiatives...
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