Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies
Today's law enforcement environment is complex. Employees in public and private organizations are increasingly being called upon to perform specialized investigations, supervision, and enforcement and regulatory compliance functions.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) provides expanded opportunities in the study of law enforcement and public safety and will position you to be sought-after candidates in a highly competitive recruiting process. Our training will prepare you for success by developing your leadership skills, and enhancing your inter-personal communications, critical thinking and ethical decision making.
This degree is an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain the skills required to begin a career in law enforcement or public safety.
Students who have completed a diploma in a relevant field or are currently enrolled in JIBC’s two-year Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) can begin in the third year of the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies.
Graduates in Okanagan College’s Criminal and Social Justice Diploma are able to continue their education and complete the BLES in Penticton.
Graduates in Camosun College’s Criminal Justice Diploma are able to continue their studies and complete the BLES at the College’s Lansdowne Campus in Victoria.
Starting in September 2016, students have the option to complete the BLES program at JIBC’s New Westminster Campus, at Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus or at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system, as well as analysis and reasoning skills informed by theory and research. This comprehensive program will prepare you to contribute to a just and fair society as a member within a variety of criminal justice and public safety professions.
Areas of study include:
- The administration of law enforcement agencies and programs.
- Criminal investigations and forensics.
- Theories of crime and deviant behaviour.
- Leadership in a law enforcement environment.
- Collaboration between law enforcement agencies, first responders and social services.
- Research in public safety and law enforcement.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) is taught by instructors who have experience in the field. It is offered in a combination of classroom theory and experiential learning. Courses are face-to-face, and learning is reinforced with real and virtual simulation training.
Students can pursue their studies full-time or part-time, completing 120 credits. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in four years.
- Non-refundable application fee: $75.00
- Tuition fee: $581.40 per course
- Learner Services Fee: $16.20 per course
- Textbooks & equipment: approximately $2,000
(purchased from JIBC Store)
- Campus student fees may vary depending on location
Third and fourth-year courses in the BLES Program are being offered at JIBC’s New Westminster Campus, at Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus, and Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus in Victoria on Vancouver Island.
You must meet the following entrance requirements for admission to the program:
- The competitive standard for admission is a related two-year diploma or associate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum average of 72%, including a minimum of 72% in English. Applicants with a GPA that is less than the competitive standard for admission should still apply as those applications will be considered based on space in the program;
- Have completed the requirements for the Peace Officer General Training program (or its equivalent, i.e. Graduates of the RCMP Basic Training Program or the Ontario Police College) and at least 3 years of full-time service in a recognized public safety agency with a Prior Learning Assessment that would allow for 60 credits to be granted towards the completion of the degree program.
- The learner must have high school graduation with grade 12 English, with a minimum grade level of a C, or the approved equivalencies. International students must have achieved at least 220 TOEFL CBT, or 570 paper-based, or equivalent.
- The JIBC also recognizes “mature learner” status. These policies and procedures recognize that today’s learners who wish to pursue post-secondary education may come from diverse learning backgrounds. Desirable admission requirements include computer literacy and relevant work or volunteer experience. An in-person interview and assessment to determine suitability may be required. Related work experience and/or study will enhance your application.
Accommodation for disabled applicants will be made in accordance with BC Human Rights Legislation.
- Complete all items noted under Admission Requirements and gather documentation as noted.
- Complete the JIBC Online Application Form.
Currently accepting applications for the Fall (September 2016) intake for Okanagan College and Camosun College campuses.
Deadline for completed applications is May 31, 2016.
Multiculturalism, Conflict and Social Justice
The JIBC has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. As part of the British Columbia public post-secondary system, the JIBC is a full participant in the credit transfer system of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer.
The JIBC supports the philosophy of system-wide articulation and transfer and will accept up to a total of 75% transfer credit and RPL for the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies for relevant courses from other institutions.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) will provide you with the in-depth knowledge and expanded skills and competencies to seek employment in a wide range of law enforcement, public safety, regulatory, and compliance fields, offering you more career flexibility and professional development.
An increasing number of employees in public and private organizations are called upon to perform specialized investigation, supervision, enforcement and regulatory compliance functions that complement those performed by police and other peace officers. These demands require a specialized knowledge base and set of competencies. The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies will help prepare you for these roles. Examples of special law enforcement roles include conservation officers, animal cruelty officers, border services agency officials, fraud investigators, by-law enforcement officers, domestic and international transportation safety and security professionals, gaming investigators, correctional officers, probation officers, deputy sheriffs, and courts officials.
Note that border services officers, police officers, correctional officers, probation officers, deputy sheriffs, and security professionals must all complete additional mandated training. Employers in other investigation, law enforcement, and regulatory agencies may have additional entry or qualification and training requirements.
Last updated May 18, 2016