Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies
Today's law enforcement and public safety environment is complex. Employees in public and private organizations are increasingly being called upon to perform inspections, investigations, security supervision, enforcement and regulatory compliance functions.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) provides expanded opportunities in the study of law enforcement and public safety that will position you to be sought-after candidate in a highly competitive recruiting environment. Our educational program will prepare you for success by developing your leadership skills, enhancing your inter-personal communications, critical thinking, and ethical decision making.
This degree is an excellent opportunity for those looking for education focussed on a career in law enforcement or public safety.
The program is open to:
- Students who have completed a recognized Criminal Justice, Criminology, or similarly relevant Diploma or Associate Degree
- Students who are currently enrolled in JIBC's two-year Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD)
Diploma and Associate Degree graduates are eligible to begin in the third-year of the BLES program at any of the campuses the program is offered.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) is offered at the JIBC New Westminster Campus.
Graduates from a recognized Criminal Justice, Criminology or similarly relevant Diploma or Associate Degree program are eligible to begin in the third-year of the BLES program.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system, contemporary criminal justice issues, criminological explanations of crime as well as analysis and reasoning skills informed by theory and research. This comprehensive education program will prepare you to contribute within a variety of criminal justice and public safety professions.
Areas of study include:
- Theories of crime and deviant behaviour.
- Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System.
- Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
- Criminal investigations and forensics
- Search and Seizure
- Intelligence in Law Enforcement
- Aboriginal People and Policy
- Multiculturalism, Conflict and Social Justice
- Applied Research in Public Safety and Enforcement
- Administrative and Labour Law
- Leadership in Public Safety
- Organizational Behaviour
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) is taught by a variety of Faculty with practical and academic experience. Our classrooms combine theory and applied learning.
Students can pursue their studies full-time or part-time. Full-time students can expect to complete the 60 credits for the BLES program in two years.
As of April 1st, 2018:
- Non-refundable application fee: $75.00
- Tuition fee: $616.96 per course
- Learner Services Fee: $17.13 per course
- Textbooks & equipment additional cost (purchased from JIBC Store or Camosun Bookstore)
- Campus student fees may vary depending on location
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 under Admission Requirements and gather documentation as noted.
- Complete the JIBC Online Application Form.
Start Dates: September 2019
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 Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) will provide you with the in-depth knowledge, expanded skills, and competencies, to seek employment in a wide range of law enforcement, public safety, regulatory, and compliance fields. The program offers you more career flexibility and professional development opportunities.
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, Investigators, By-law Enforcement Officers, Domestic and International Transportation Safety and Security Professionals, Gaming Investigators, Inspectors, 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.
The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree may be eligibile for transferring to graduate studies programs in many areas including Law School, Criminology, and Public Administration.
Last updated June 21, 2018