Durham is a leading college that offers justice education in Ontario. The Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations Graduate Certificate Program is delivered in two 14-week semesters that provide students with opportunities to develop relevant applied skills specific to the justice field. Through a hybrid delivery, the program ensures graduates gain experience in dealing with social and organizational issues related to law enforcement agencies and community safety within increasingly diverse communities.
Students gain professional networking opportunities through 144 hours per semester of field placement experience, where they integrate course knowledge and skills within an immersive, experiential learning environment. In addition, the program ensures graduates meet the physical fitness standards required for the various law enforcement agencies. Other key program attributes include many embedded certifications, mental health awareness and care, crisis intervention and conflict management, report writing, inter-professional communications, and basic emergency management.
Employment opportunities for graduates span many industries and facilities, including municipal, provincial, or federal police services, Canada Border Services, Correctional Services, the Canadian Forces, Nuclear Security, private civil and criminal investigations, youth worker, municipal by-law enforcement, animal services, various security roles (court services, corporate, and legislative), and the Ministry of Natural Resources (i.e., Park Rangers).
Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non‐English speaking country must meet Durham College’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
Please note: Applicants may choose to attend a voluntary applicant orientation session.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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This program is designed for individuals with previous education or work experience (please see the entrance requirements section of this page for further detail). Aimed at college and university graduates, it will teach you the specialized knowledge and skills required to work as a law enforcement officer with supervisory-level knowledge and attributes. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of advanced skills in the subject areas required for practitioners in the fields of law enforcement and security including:
As a graduate, you will be able to achieve the certificate of completions or professional designations (where noted) as follows:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.
The field placement element is an important component of the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations graduate certificate program. Students are required to complete 144 hours of field placement in each semester for a total of 288 hours. Field placement provides students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.
Students will work with the Field Placement Officer to secure their field placement position. Before confirming field placement, students are required to check with their Field Placement Officer to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that they have the necessary paperwork submitted before commencing.
In order to maintain confidentiality and security, the program utilizes an independent provider, Verified by Synergy Gateway for field placement documentation collection and validation. This process is the Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC). There is a cost associated with this external agency. Please refer to the Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations ESPC Information Package for details.
For more information contact Stephanie Tufts-Ellis, Student Advisor/Placement Officer.
Project Lord Ridgeback (PLRB) is multi-disciplinary experiential learning exercise that simulates a local disaster. Interacting with actors who play victims, casualties, emotionally distressed persons and the elderly in a staged, choreographed event, students from a wide range of programs learn by acting and responding as they would in real emergencies. Subject matter experts design injects into disaster-related scenarios which simulate authentic workplace demands.
Following the mock disaster, students participate in follow up exercises to apply learning in mock court testimony, critical incident stress debrief, crime-scene lab work, and form completion specific to their program areas.
Student participants are from a wide range of DC programs including: Practical Nursing, Primary Care Paramedic, Police Foundations, Protection Security & Investigation, Paralegal, 911 Call Centre Communications, Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations, Journalism Mass Media Program, Social Service Worker, Activation Co-ordination – Gerontology, Court Support Services.