I extend my appreciation to the full-time MPA students with whom I enjoyed theopportunity to work with during the past years. Your youthful energy and commitment tolearning allowed me to better understand the perspective and perceived future societalrole of tomorrow’s employees and leaders.To my many part-time peers I now call friends. You shared your knowledge and lifeexperiences, enhancing our collective educational experience. Your enthusiasticdedication to learning provided continued support during the many days when work / life / school balance was thrown into disarray. Thank you.To the instructors and professors in the Local Government program; Thank you forcreating an atmosphere that encouraged self-development and learning. Theperspectives you shared have enhanced my critical and analytical thinking abilities.To Catherine Burr and Carol Agocs; your guidance, patience and ideas toward my workon this paper are deeply appreciated. You ensured I remained focused whileresearching a human resource issue for which I have great passion.To the Executive at the London Police Service. Your support as I navigated my work / life / school balance for the past 30 months has been appreciated; and to my co-workerJoan Atchison, thank you for the constructive analysis of my efforts and for once againteaching me the intricacies of Excel.To the contributing police agencies and the Ontario Police College, your commitment tothis topic was demonstrated by your efforts in responding to the survey. Thank you.To our children; Adam, Cameron & Anabela and Daniel. Our family has always strivedto achieve our best. As much as I know you encourage my efforts, you will never knowhow truly proud I am of your academic accomplishments and your energy and desire tolearn; your successes continue to fuel my own enthusiasm.And mostly to my wife and best friend Becky. You have supported and encouraged methrough all my learning endeavors; activities that often resulted in my constantpreoccupation during evenings and weekends. Without your love and continualencouragement, I would not have been able to complete this program.The pursuit of life-long learning is an opportunity for which I am ever grateful.