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Since the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) opened its doors in 1971, thousands of public safety officers have received the training they needed to enter the field, and have returned for in-service training to advance their careers.

You must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status to apply for the Conservation Enforcement, Correctional Officer, Police Science (Cadet), and Sheriff and Public Safety Officer programs.

APA blog

APA newsLAW provides law enforcement professional with updates of recent case law and changes and amendments to criminal law, and provides information regarding the Atlantic Police Academy. In addition, issues in law of importance to the cadets of the Atlantic Police Academy are covered as the need arises. The blog is edited and maintained by Inspector Curtis Fudge, the Criminal Law, Provincial Statutes and Legislation, and Criminal Investigation learning manager for the Atlantic Police Academy. 


Degree pathways such as articulation agreements and credit transfers give you the opportunity to begin your studies at one institution and finish at another. For example, you may decide to obtain a diploma from Holland College and then further your studies at a university. Learn more about the agreements the APA has for graduates here.

Canadian Centre of Public Safety Excellence (CCPSE) 

The Canadian Centre of Public Safety Excellence is a partnership between the Atlantic Police Academy and Slemon Park Corporation

Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN)

The Atlantic Police Academy is closely involved with the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN). 

Conservation Enforcement

The 16-week Conservation Enforcement program at the Atlantic Police Academy is specifically designed to provide training to wildlife and forestry technicians. The program prepares students to work for natural resource agencies and in other related fields across Canada.

Correctional Officer

This 24-week program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in provincial and federal correctional facilities. You will learn how to monitor, supervise and interact with incarcerated offenders and prepare them to become law-abiding citizens after serving their sentences; and you will learn the skills you need to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates, yourself and your colleagues.

Police Science (Cadet)

Study Police Science at The Atlantic Police Academy and learn the academic and tactical skills required to work as a Police Officer in Canada. Real-life situations and simulations prepare you for a career in law enforcement. The program blends real-life situations and simulations to prepare you for the law enforcement profession. This 34-week program will prepare you to work as a police constable.

Professional Firefighter

Learn the fundamental fire fighting skills needed to keep yourself, your colleagues, and the public safe in critical situations. Training at an off-campus site offers you firefighting experience in a controlled environment. By the time you graduate, you will be qualified to work as a professional firefighter.This 22-week program will provide you with the skills you need to work as a professional firefighter.

Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

This 24-week program teaches you the skills required to be successful in many different law enforcement and security related careers. You will receive practical driving training, firearms training, learn the national use of force framework and hand on control tactics, as well as receive communications and mental health training.

In addition to full-time law enforcement programs, the academy offers in-service courses in specialized areas for experienced law enforcement officers. The courses are delivered at advanced levels at the Atlantic Police Academy and on site, depending on the training requirements. These courses are suitable for any officer and agency involved with professional law enforcement.

Please check back for upcoming courses or contact Tammy Gallant at (902) 888-6700 or by email at tangallant@hollandcollege.com.

Cadet life is exciting and rewarding

As a student at the APA, you will live in our Slemon Park residence for the duration of your program, except when you are away for on the job training. Living in residence will give you experience interacting with other cadets in a way that wouldn’t be possible if you only interacted with one another in an instructional setting. You will develop your team-work, problem-solving, time management and communication skills, and develop deeper gender and cross-cultural sensitivity, which are essential for a successful career in the public safety community.

Each single-occupancy room includes a bathroom, fridge, television, air conditioning and heating. Common areas include a sitting room, laundry and kitchen (non-cooking) facilities. Students are provided 14 meals a week: breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Our facilities include:

  • 12 lane indoor range
  • 16 lane out-door firing range
  • Interactive crime scene village and residential replica
  • Interactive high-risk Simunition (marking cartridges) training centre
  • 10,000-foot concrete runway for driver training
  • Fully-equipped police patrol vehicles
  • Fully equipped gym, fitness centre
  • Control tactics gym
  • Specialized lab for the investigation of alcohol-related offences
  • Video and teleconference capabilities
  • Firearms simulator
  • Driving Simulator
  • Computer labs



66 Argus Avenue
Slemon Park
Summerside, PE

PO Box 156
Slemon Park
Summerside, PE C0B 2A0

Tel: 902-888-6700
Fax: 902-888-6725


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