Police Studies - Police and Investigations Diploma
With rapid societal change and evolving technology, there is a need for police officers dedicated to the community, to problem solving and to making a difference. Policing in the 21st century requires a broad base of knowledge and skill. This challenging and rewarding two-year diploma provides potential police officers with knowledge and skills in leadership techniques, policing, criminalistics, investigative techniques, criminology, law, psychology, sociology and human relations.
The diploma consists of 61 credits and can be completed through a full-time day program or part-time evening studies. The full-time day program is completed over two years, with one intake in the Fall term. Part-time evening studies can be completed over a three-year period or longer, with one intake in the Fall term.
Admission to the program is competitive and is subject to a quota. The competitive admission average may be considerably higher than the posted minimum.
Graduates from Police Studies may gain employment with the RCMP, municipal police services (e.g. Edmonton Police Service, Calgary Police Service) across Canada, the CN Police, Sheriff’s Department and the Canadian Forces Military Police. Graduates must apply directly to a police service and meet its minimum standards.
Police and Investigations Diploma
Investigate which of the two-year diplomas offered through the Police and Investigations program prepares you for the career of your choice: Investigative Studies or Police Studies.
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-407, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|PSYC 104 |
or PSYC 105
|Introductory Psychology I |
or Introductory Psychology II
|PSSC 112||Policing in Canada||3|
|PSSC 121||Law and the Administration of Justice||3|
|PSSC 122||Criminal Law||3|
|Three credits of university English (includes WRIT 101)||3|
|ENGL 211||Business Communication||3|
|PSSC 102||Criminal Investigation||3|
|PSSC 123||Legal Evidence in Criminal Investigations||3|
|PSSC 141||Interpersonal Skills||3|
|SOCI 100||Introductory Sociology 1||3|
|PSSC 203||Forensic Science 1||3|
|PSSC 212||Mental Health Foundations in Public Safety||3|
|PSSC 242||Leadership Skills||3|
|PSSC 262||Integration Seminar||1|
|PSSC 272||Field Placement||4|
|SOCI 225||Criminology 1||3|
|PSSC 204||Forensic Investigation||3|
|PSSC 263||Integration Seminar||1|
|PSSC 273||Field Placement||4|
|PSSC 283||Emergency Planning and Response||3|
|SOCI 321||Youth, Crime and Society||3|
The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|INTD 105||PSSC 141|
Academic Residency - Exemption
A student in Police and Investigations (Police Studies or Investigative Studies) must complete at least 30 per cent of courses through MacEwan University. Challenge examinations, transfer credit and other special assessments (for example, prior learning and recognition) are not included in the 30 per cent.
Students admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of their program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities shall not require the University to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a student of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all students pursuing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Regulations Governing Field Placement (Work Integrated Learning)
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all field placement courses in accordance with the course learning outcomes and grading criteria. Field placement hours may include days, evenings and weekends. Students are required to arrange their own transportation for required field placement activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel and accommodation are the student’s responsibility. Students will require daily access to a vehicle for any practice experience not accessible through public transportation. Required field placements will generally be within a 150 kilometer radius of the MacEwan University site.
Students cannot be in attendance at field placement agencies as a MacEwan University student except at times and locations authorized by the field placement course instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Students must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning regarding field placements. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency specific requirements prior to the start of any field placement course. In accordance with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning, the University reserves the right, at any point during a field placement, to remove a student from the placement for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places a client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases and with the concurrence of the Dean, the student will be assigned a grade of F in the course. Although this decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the student will not be permitted to remain in the field placement during the appeal.
Police Information Check
Students are responsible for obtaining a Police Information Check annually and for submitting these to the Program prior to September 1 for the duration of the program.
Students must be able to satisfy agency requirements prior to the start of each field placement.
A student must meet the specific Police Information Check requirements as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program.