Careers in the Field of Investigation & Enforcement
Graduates of the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program have gone on to careers as provincial government investigators and private investigators. There are a number of professionals who work for government (municipal, provincial and federal), crown corporations, professional associations and in private industry who monitor for compliance, conduct inspections and investigations, and perform some enforcement functions.
In British Columbia there are in excess of thirty government and quasi-government agencies which have Designated Enforcement Officer status (formerly known as Special Provincial Constables) under the BC Police Act. This means that personnel have limited peace officer status to enforce statutes specific to their position. Examples include:
- Conservation Officers
- Commercial Transport Inspectors
- ICBC Special Investigations Unit
- SPCA Animal Control and Cruelty
- CN and CP Rail Police
- MHR Fraud Investigators
- BC Gaming Branch
- Ministry of Justice Consumer Services
- BC Securities Commission
For information on positions within the BC government, check the government postings web site.
Many federal bodies have staff whose role it is to monitor public and private agencies to ensure compliance with various legal statutes. Examples include Canada Border Services, Canada Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Transportation Safety Board Inspectors. For information on positions within the federal government, check the federal government postings website.
At the local level, the majority of municipalities have staff who investigate offences ranging from building code violations to unlicensed businesses.
Most large professional associations have professional investigators on staff to investigate alleged breaches of professional standards and public complaints. Examples include:
- BC Medical Association
- BC Law Society
- BC Teachers Federation
Many large corporations will have full time investigators on staff that are responsible for internal security issues, loss prevention (shoplifting) and complex fraud investigations.
To be a Private Investigator in BC, you must be licensed by the Ministry of Justice, Security Programs. For specific details on licensing, please contact the Ministry of Justice General Security Programs.
Last updated August 23, 2012