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Sgt. Dawn Rose wins Bruce MacPhail Award for 2018

The Sgt. Bruce MacPhail Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the municipal police officer who achieved the highest overall average in a concentration certificate within the Police Leadership Program at Dalhousie University in the past academic year.

October 11, 2018  By Staff

MacPhail began his career with the Amherst Police Department in Nova Scotia and in 1982 he became one of the first police officers with the newly formed Bedford Town Police. He continued on with Halifax Regional Police after amalgamation, eventually heading up their first Auto Theft Unit. He completed the certificate in “Police Leadership – Supervisory Skills” in 2000, and was the first to graduate as a certified police coach in the program. MacPhail passed away in June 2001 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Phyllis MacPhail established the award in 2001 in memory of her son.

Sgt. Dawn Rose of Toronto Police Service (TPS) is the 2018 recipient of the Sgt. Bruce MacPhail Award for Academic Excellence in the Police Leadership Program. Rose began her policing career in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant in 2006. In 2013, she was transferred to the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Unit, where her duties included providing support and guidance to members on issues related to the Ontario Human Rights Code, diversity and inclusion, delivering Human Rights/D&I training and creating the TPS Human Rights Strategy.

In 2014, Rose was selected to be one of the Fair and Impartial Policing® (FIP®) trainers for TPS and delivered FIP® training to over 500 front-line officers and supervisors.


In 2015, she was seconded to the Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER) as a member of the implementation team for the PACER Report’s 31 recommendations.

She holds the professional designation of Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP). She has undergraduate degrees in Justice Studies and Adult Education, and has recently completed her master’s of education in Digital Technologies. In addition to her certificate in Police Leadership, she has a certificate in Teaching Effectiveness and another one in Inclusive Leadership. Rose is committed to life-long learning and plans to continue with professional development and furthering her education.

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