Level up your prior post-secondary education with our Public Safety advanced diploma. Challenge yourself both physically and mentally, and craft the skills you need to work in today’s justice system.
This intensive eight-month advanced diploma 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 Public Safety 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 being in the field of public safety. 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. This program will build on your life experience and prior post-secondary credential, giving you an edge upon graduation.
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.
Graduates may find employment with municipal, regional, provincial or Indigenous police services in Manitoba, or with other police services across Canada. Opportunities also exist with Canada Border Services Agency, Sheriff’s department, corrections, security firms, risk management and loss prevention.
If you are an international student, please refer to our Public Safety Advanced (International) for more information.
- Two-year diploma or university degree
- 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
As an applicant, you will take part in a pre-entry interview, administered to determine your general suitability for the program. Applicants are ranked by the interview panel based on objective criteria, and the highest ranking applicants will be accepted. Interviews may be done using video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom).
This is a competitive entry program. A checklist noting further details to the above stated admission requirements is available on our competitive entry webpage. Early application is strongly recommended.
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.
Criminal Record Check/Abuse Registry Checks
Many agencies where students are placed for practicum experience require students to disclose convictions for any offenses. 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.
Note: International students interested in this program should refer to the Public Safety (Advanced Diploma) webpage specifically for international applicants.
Careers & Connections
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.
Assiniboine will hire some graduates of the Public Safety program for paid two-year roles to join our campus security team. Security personnel continue to receive additional training and education while on the job.
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 assiniboine.net/registrar or the program page.
Tools & Supplies
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 Assiniboine Bookstore’s 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. Tool and supply lists are available from the school office 30 days prior to the start date of the program.
Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for more detailed information about the requirements for this program.
Courses & Costs
To graduate with a Public Safety advanced diploma, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.
Estimated Program Costs
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All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Applied Training (JSTC-0022)
Prerequisites: JSTC-0024 Criminal Law, JSTC-0021 Evidence/Documentation, JSTC-0027 Law Enforcement/Justice, COMM-0403 Comms Design/Articulation
College Foundations (PEDV-0356)
This course improves students’ ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.
Community Policing (JSTC-0023)
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 safety.
Criminal Law (JSTC-0024)
Corequisite: JSTC-0026 Investigational Techniques
Cultural Diversity Comms (COMM-0404)
In this course students explore and analyze the
Students learn the foundational building blocks of written communication required for writing clear and concise industry standard reports. Students learn the process required for evidence collection and forensic assessment and how to apply it to various situations and investigations. Students perform some of the skills employed by forensic identification officers and demonstrate the skills in scenario based situations.
Working in the field of Public Safety, officers are often placed into combative and stressful situations that require an exceptional level of physical and self-discipline. Health, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices greatly affect a public safety officer’s success in these situations. Students obtain and maintain a required fitness level through aerobic and weight training. They also learn the importance of self-discipline, teamwork and professionalism through precision drill instruction. They learn how to care for and maintain their equipment and be properly dressed at all times while in uniform. Learners 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.
Investigational Techniques (JSTC-0026)
Corequisite: JSTC-0024 Criminal Law
Law Enforcement/Justice (JSTC-0027)
As part of the Criminal Justice system, it is imperative that officers understand how court procedures affect their decisions in the
Operational Technology (COMP-0625)
In this course, student move through three units containing 12 modules learning how to optimize time spent on their computers using current word processing and spreadsheet management software. They gain many technological skills, including radio procedures, messaging, researching, record management, word processing, data basing and global positioning. The theories covered in this course are common to most systems used by public safety organizations across Canada.
Policing Principles/Procedures (JSTC-0028)
Prerequisites: JSTC-0024 Criminal Law, JSTC-0027 Law Enforcement/Justice