Start Date: December
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Length: 36 Weeks
Credential: Accelerated Diploma, Police Constable
Program Availability: Winter 2024 Term
Please note: You must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status to apply for this program.
The Police Science (Cadet) program blends academic and tactical training to ensure that you have the confidence and skills needed to keep yourself and your community safe. The program uses real-life situations and simulations to prepare you for the law enforcement profession.
You will practice on a driving course and gun range, learn use of force and control skills, develop criminal investigation techniques, and receive communications and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology and law.
Police Science cadets begin the program through distance education but are required to stay in the Atlantic Police Academy residence when they begin the face-to-face part of their training in January. Cadets live in residence for the duration of the program, except when they are completing their on-the-job training.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police now accepts graduates from the Atlantic Police Academy’s Police Science (Cadet) program. To join the RCMP, graduates must pass a medical examination, obtain an RCMP Security Clearance and pass an interview. Before their first posting as an RCMP officer, they will participate in a short training course instead of taking the force’s 26-week course.
This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.
|Partner Institution||Credential||Details of Agreement|
|Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia||Bachelor of Arts Community Studies||Graduates receive up to 36 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree.|
|Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama, U.S.A.||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration||Graduates with a are granted 27 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration|
|Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia||Bachelor of Policing||Graduates who have completed two years of services as a police officer (and currently employed) receive the equivalent of 14 subject credit toward a Bachelor of Policing degree. This is an online program.|
|University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.||Bachelor of Arts in Psychology||Graduates receive up to 45 credit hours credit toward a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree.|
|University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.||Bachelor of Science in Psychology||Graduates receive up to 45 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree.|
For more application information, read this Police Memo. (This is a PDF and will open in a new window.)
Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars.
|Tuition & Fees||$31,621|
|Tuition & Fees||36 Weeks|
|Health Insurance Fee||$420|
|Body Armour (Lease)||$610|
|1st installment due December 5||$23,751|
|2nd installment due May 2||$7,870|
Cadets will be informed of additional equipment requirements in their entrance packages.
This program prepares graduates to work in police agencies as police constables and in other related fields of law enforcement and security.
Course Name & Description
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Participants learn to use the Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) Model and apply techniques to effectively de-escalate crisis situations, specifically those incidents involving intervention in a mental health crisis. This blended course consists of online learning activities through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), classroom training, as well as scenario based training.
This course examines the history and development of Canadian criminal law, and prepares officers to effectively use the Criminal Code in the execution of their duties. Students explore a variety of legal topics directly related to policing, including; the Canadian court structure, police authorities, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as civil liabilities. A significant portion of this course is delivered in the form of live, interactive, reality-based scenarios.
Using a variety of delivery methods including practical application, classroom theory, and distance learning, this course has been designed to provide students with a variety of traffic services related skills. Students learn to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, operate approved screening devices as well as how to gather evidence and articulate the signs of alcohol and drug impairment. In addition, students learn the proper procedures to manually direct traffic in a variety of situations. Throughout the course, students must demonstrate an understanding of common provincial, municipal, and criminal laws as they relate to traffic services.
Students are introduced to the discipline of social psychology with an emphasis on practical issues in policing. Students learn to apply basic concepts including the biological basis of behaviour, perception, learning, motivation and theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on the causes and consequences of human behaviour, including abnormal behaviour. Students are prepared to deal with many situations and social phenomena which they may encounter in policing. Techniques and strategies to deal with verbal crisis interventions, suicide prevention/intervention, gangs and cults are also covered.
This course discusses the components of a criminal investigation, its goals and basic functions. Students examine the characteristics of a crime, protection of the crime scene, and how to effectively conduct an investigation. A significant portion of this course is delivered in the form of live, interactive, reality-based scenarios.
This course provides students with the driving skills required for an officer both on and off duty. This course covers defensive driving skills, multi-tasking, controlled responses, skid control techniques, emergency avoidance/stopping techniques, and cornering techniques. Students experience techniques for pursuit driving including when to discontinue a pursuit, as well as procedures for completing vehicle stops (unknown risk and high-risk). This course also provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly and effectively use speed detection and enforcement devices such as Radar and Lidar. The skills presented in this course allow students to explore the limits of their natural abilities and develop greater competency required for the safe operation of a police vehicle.
This course is designed to enhance written and verbal communication skills used in the police profession. Students learn how to effectively use a notebook to document relevant observations and information, as well as how to obtain admissible and warned statements for investigations. Students gain experience completing common investigative and court disclosure reports, forms and release documents, are introduced to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), and gain experience providing court testimony through a mock trial. Additionally, students develop skills for securing employment including preparing resumes, cover letters, as well as job interview techniques with an emphasis on Behavioral Descriptive Interviews.
Occupational Health and Safety is an important topic on both a professional and personal level. Today's officers must be able interact with various occupational health and public safety agencies and are required to be familiar with their roles in differing emergency or non-emergency responses. Learn the roles of various agencies in Occupational Health and Safety, as well as the importance of workplace and personal health and wellness for police officers.
Professional patrol tactics introduces incoming police officers to basic tactics involved in the protection of themselves, other officers, and the public. Professional patrol tactics are designed to enhance officer safety and enhance the ability to control situations likely to be encountered on the job.
Police constables are required to both verbally and physically intervene and control the outcome of a variety of situations. In this course, students demonstrate proficiency in the application of their intervention, defusing, and situation control skills by implementing various aspects of a current use of force model. Students practice using the appropriate verbal requests, directions, commands, techniques, equipment, and weapons during the various interventions.
This course is designed to provide students with practical scenario-based activities that simulate the full range of subject behaviours and officer responses that are encountered in the field. Students gain experience responding to calls for service with an emphasis on public and police officer safety, de-escalation, and decision-making as they learn to apply the National Use of Force Framework. Legal articulation of the intervention level used, and report writing are re-enforced in this course.
This course incorporates firearms safety, marksmanship and tactical training. Following the entry-level safety training, students proceed to skills development and tactical development. Students must qualify at each stage before proceeding to the next. Standard police issue firearms (pistols and rifles) are utilized in the live fire training portion of this course. Additionally, simunition type training equipment is utilized in the scenario portion of the program.
This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to rapidly deploy an appropriate response to stop violent offenders during active threat incidents, both indoors and out, including movements in and around police vehicles.
This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of the police profession and the various physical tests that police departments require of their officers and applicants. This course encourages and challenges students to lead an exemplary police officer lifestyle through rigorous inspections of their daily routines and habits such as those related to dress, deportment, cleanliness, image, fitness, and nutrition.
On the Job Training (OJT) provides the opportunity for the student to be sworn in as an active member of a bonafide police force. The student officer will be under the supervision of a training officer and will be involved in regular duties with that officer. As the training officer observes the student's performance in a variety of real world situations, observed competencies will be measured during evaluations.
The purpose of this course is to examine and practice ethical and professional behaviors to prepare students for making ethical choices during their time at the academy and in their professional public safety careers. Students are required to produce and follow a personal code of ethics, work as a team, and to exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the expectations of the profession and the public.
Sheriff and Public Safety Officer
Start your career in law enforcement or security as a Sheriff or Public Safety Officer with this 24-week Certificate program at the Atlantic Police Academy. Learn to communicate effectively & manage high-stress situations while executing court orders or working to maintain public safety. Prepare for a career in various security sectors such as Sheriff services, private security, by-law or highway enforcement and more.
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.
In the Professional Firefighter program, you will develop the fundamental firefighting skills needed to keep yourself, your colleagues, and the public safe in critical situations. Learn about fire behaviour, motor vehicle extraction, medical first response, and communication in comprehensive training simulations.
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