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Overview

Challenge yourself both physically and mentally in our Police Studies program. Craft the skills you need to become an educated and prepared public safety officer in today’s justice system.

This intensive eight-month certificate program is the first of its kind in Manitoba and is offered in partnership with the Brandon Police Service. Assiniboine is the only post-secondary institution in Manitoba to offer a Police Studies program administered by the Department of Education and Training and authorized by Manitoba Justice. Gain knowledge from instructors who continue to work in industry.

Learn how to embrace the lifestyle that comes with becoming a protective services officer. Stress management, mental health first aid and cross-cultural teachings are integrated so you gain the skills needed to thrive in this high-impact industry.

Tackle problems through group work that helps you develop communication skills, emotional intelligence and critical thinking. Your realistic scenario training will include investigating crime scenes, identifying and seizing evidence, and conducting both interviews and interrogations. Get out of the classroom with morning physical training, scenario training and community volunteer activities.

Launch your career in one of the many areas of public safety, including municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services. Graduates may also find employment in corrections, sheriff’s offices, border services, risk management and loss prevention.

Admissions

This is a competitive entry program. Early application is strongly recommended.

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent, with a minimum mark of 70%

  • Proof of current certification in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Level C

  • Current criminal record check

  • Current child abuse registry check

  • Current adult abuse registry check

  • Valid driver’s license abstract

  • Hearing test

  • Vision test

  • Medical release

Take part in a pre-entry interview, administered to determine general suitability of the applicant. Applicants will be ranked by the interview panel based on objective criteria, and the highest ranking applicants will be accepted

Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offences. In some instances, applicants with a criminal record or listed on the Child Abuse Registry and/or Adult Abuse Registry may not be admitted to the program. If you fall into one of these categories, please contact the School of Health & Human Services prior to applying.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Applicants who are successful in the selection process must provide the following documentation: Current Criminal Record Check, Current Child Abuse Registry Check, Emergency first aid certificate, including certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), level C, Valid drivers’ license abstract, hearing test, vision test, and medical release.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates may find employment with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada. Note: Police departments have minimum hiring standards regarding sight, hearing and physical ability. Applicants are encouraged to explore these standards prior to entering this program. Other opportunities exist with Canada Border Services Agency, Sheriff’s department, corrections, security firms, risk management and loss prevention.

Connections

The Police Studies program is recognized as recruit training by Manitoba Justice.

Graduates may be eligible to receive a block transfer of 18-credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts at Brandon University.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

You will engage in Problem Based Learning which focuses on group work, communication skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving. These skills are enhanced through scenario training which includes investigating crime scenes, identifying & seizing evidence, conducting witness & suspect interviews, completing investigational & prosecution reports, preparing evidence for a judicial processes, morning physical training, elder teachings, pipe ceremonies, ride-along program, and community volunteer activities such as youth activities and the Run For The Cure.

Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus.  Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career.

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At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Police Studies certificate, students must successfully complete 66 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,380. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,590. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Communication Essentials (COMM-0350)

The ability of writers to gather and interpret information, then create and present written content in a clear, concise and coherent manner, is essential to the credibility and accessibility of any professional presentation. This course focuses on the fundamental building blocks of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage.

3 credit(s) No No No
Communications Systems (COMP-0403)

Prerequisite: COMP-0353 Computer Skills
It is crucial that police officers be proficient in the use of modern technologies to assist them in the performance of their duties. These technologies include the police radio system, ground positioning systems, the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), and the Police Reporting and Operational System (PROS). Students learn how to utilize this technology and how to apply this knowledge to policing.

3 credit(s) No No No
Community Based Policing (LAWG-0073)

A police service and its officers must have a strong understanding of how they may best serve the communities in which they work. Students examine and apply community-based problem-solving models that utilize proactive approaches to reduce crime and promote community policing.

6 credit(s) No No No
Computer Skills (COMP-0353)

In this course, students learn file management, email and Internet concepts. They use a popular word processing package to prepare professional documents.

3 credit(s) No Yes Yes
Criminal Code (LAWG-0074)

Corequisite: LAWG-0076 Investigational Techniques
A complete understanding of criminal law is basic to law enforcement. This course forms the cornerstone of a student's ability to enter the policing profession. Students become knowledgeable in all criminal laws ranging from common assault to murder.

6 credit(s) No No No
Criminal Justice System (LAWG-0075)

As part of the criminal justice system, it is imperative that officers understand how court procedures and decisions impact them in the performance of their duties. These procedures begin with compelling an accused to court and extend to trial procedures and outcomes. Students employ the Criminal Code of Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and case law to obtain a full understanding of these procedures.

3 credit(s) No No No
Cross-Cultural Communication (COMM-0230)

Prerequisite: COMM-0203 Business Communications
Police officers must be skilled in communicating with people of diverse backgrounds. This course requires students to explore and analyze the influences that shape the communities they serve. Specific attention is paid to Indigenous culture and its interaction with the Canadian justice system. Through research, writing and presentations, students explore the cultural and social issues that influence the delivery of service-oriented policing.

3 credit(s) No No No
Drill (PEDV-0156)

Police officers are often placed into combative and stressful situations that require an exceptional level of self-discipline, team work and professionalism. A high level of discipline is maintained during this class. Drill aims to develop esprit de corps through precision team work in tactical-related exercises. Students develop a sense of pride in self through professional deportment. They learn how to care for and maintain their kit and be properly attired at all times while in uniform.

6 credit(s) No No No
Investigational Techniques (LAWG-0076)

Corequisite: LAWG-0074 Criminal Code
The ability to investigate a crime is basic to the police profession. This course provides students with the understanding of how to conduct an investigation. Students learn the principles of investigational procedures, investigational interviewing, informants, intelligence, and how to prepare for court.

6 credit(s) No No No
Major Crimes Investigations (LAWG-0077)

Prerequisites: LAWG-0076 Investigational Techniques, LAWG-0074 Criminal Code
A junior officer may become involved in a major investigation. These investigations are often complex and time consuming; therefore, it is imperative that all team members understand how such an investigation functions. Students examine the method of a major investigation and gain an insight as to how the process can be applied to any type of major investigation. Students analyze forensic identification officers, reporting systems, emergency response teams, and riot troops among other investigational techniques.

3 credit(s) No No No
Managing the Police Function (LAWG-0078)

Prerequisites: LAWG-0074 Criminal Code, LAWG-0075 Criminal Justice System
Corequisite: LAWG-0079 Practical Training
Many duties of a police officer are non-criminal in nature, yet because they involve direct contact with the general public or involve a threat to personal and public safety, they require very specialized skills. Police officers must understand these situations and know how to deal with them. This course examines many of these situations and exposes students to procedures.

6 credit(s) No No No
Physical Training (HLTH-0188)

Health, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices greatly impact a police officer's ability to perform duties. Students obtain a required fitness level through aerobic and weight training. Students explore the impact of stress and lifestyle choices on physical and mental health. They learn how to manage these factors in order to realize a commitment to healthy living and maintain a high level of job performance.

6 credit(s) No No No
Police Report Writing (LAWG-0089)

Prerequisite: COMM-0350 Communication Essentials
This course emphasizes the importance of police report writing skills for different situations that the police officer may have to report on. Students will develop skills in writing clear, concise and coherent industry standard reports. This course also focuses on the fundamental building blocks of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling and correct word usage.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practical Training (LAWG-0079)

Prerequisites: LAWG-0074 Criminal Code, LAWG-0076 Investigational Techniques, LAWG-0080 Provincial Statutes, COMP-0403 Communications Systems, COMM-0203 Business Communications
Corequisite: LAWG-0077 Major Crimes
This course is the critical step in moving from the theory of policing into the world of being a police officer. It integrates the knowledge and skills necessary to manage real police situations in a manner consistent with the directions and priorities of a police service. Students utilize their knowledge of the criminal code, the criminal justice system and investigational techniques to conduct investigations. This course also prepares students for their role as a police officer in making arrests, documenting their actions and presenting evidence in court.

6 credit(s) No No No
Provincial Statutes (LAWG-0080)

In order to enforce the law, a police officer must know the law. In addition to the Criminal Code of Canada, the law includes provincial statutes. In this course, students examine the statutes of Manitoba and explore the duties, responsibilities, penalties, court procedures and authorities regarding statutes.

3 credit(s) No No No

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the recruitment process take?

For information regarding the recruitment process, please see the Police Studies checklist

Can I apply if I have a previous conviction?

Minor convictions may be acceptable, however, every application is judged on its own merits. If you have any questions regarding previous convictions, guidance can be sought from the Chair of Public Safety. This applies to both the Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry requirements.

What characteristics should an applicant for Police Studies have?

As a student, you must be willing and able to commit to academic study and the rigors of physical training. Like police officers, students must be able to work effectively in a team environment yet able to exercise initiative, give and respond to instructions. If you want to become a police officer, you need to be an effective communicator, able to relate to others and show sympathy and tact as necessary. You must be disciplined, prepared for shift work, honest, mature and socially aware. Police Officers must be able to take control of critical situations by weighing out the process and deciding on an appropriate course of action. They must be prepared for becoming involved in physical danger that may be life-threatening.

What is the process for getting accepted into the program?

Applicants for this program must undergo a selection interview that is based on situational and behavioural experiences. Only top candidates in the interview process are accepted into the program.

Do I require any special clothing or equipment for Police Studies?

Police Studies students require a special uniform with drill shoes, gym/workout clothing and jacket. A complete clothing list will be provided once you are accepted into the program.

Do I have to have any immunizations for Police Studies?

No.

What other things will I need to have to be successful in the Police Studies program?

You will need to be able to complete intense physical training for this program, manage the academic requirements and participate in teamwork activities. This program is tough and challenging, so discipline is essential to ensure that you meet the requirements of program completion.

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.