June 8, 2018

WSU to celebrate inaugural graduating class of the DPD Leadership Academy

MISBLeaders from Wayne State University, the City of Detroit and Deloitte will come together on Friday, June 8, at WSU’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center to celebrate the achievements of the inaugural class of the Detroit Police Department Leadership Academy.

Developed by faculty in Mike Ilitch School of Business – in partnership with the management experts at Deloitte – DPD Leadership Academy is a unique program designed specifically for current law enforcement leaders and police officers seeking advanced responsibilities.

Over the past five months, 22 men and women – 19 from the Detroit Police Department and three from Wayne State’s own nationally recognized police department – completed six graduate courses specially designed to impart them with a deeper working knowledge of leadership and business disciplines, preparing them for future personal and professional growth.

In addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Business from WSU, academy graduates have also earned roughly half the credits they need to earn an MBA from the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Roughly half of the inaugural class has already enrolled in MBA classes for summer or fall.

A second cohort of the academy will begin courses in September. DPD and WSU have stated a goal of training 100 officers over the next three years.

The graduation celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the formal program beginning at 10 a.m.

The graduates of the inaugural class include:

Detroit Police Department

1st Assistant Chief Lashinda T. Stair

Assistant Chief James E. White

Deputy Chief David M. Levalley

Commander DeShaune Sims

Commander Constance Slappey

Commander Tiffany Stewart

Commander Johnny Thomas

Captain Melissa Gardner

Captain Kyra Joy Hope

Captain Kari Sloan

Captain John Svec

Captain Kurt Worboys

Lieutenant Heather Cameron

Lieutenant Michael DiCicco

Lieutenant Cregg Hughes

Lieutenant Jevon Johnson

Lieutenant Dietrich Lever

Lieutenant Lena Purifoy

Lieutenant Carrie Schulz

Wayne State University Police Department

Officer Thomas Box

Officer Gregory Roberts

Officer Julian Tinaj


Steven Townsend
Phone: 313-577-0202
Email: smtownsend@wayne.edu

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