The Police Academy delivers provincially-approved basic training to all new municipal police recruits in B.C. It also offers advanced training for police officers serving in municipal departments, the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies serving in the province.
The Basic Peace Officer Training Program for municipal police recruits is composed of three separate blocks of training.
The first block of training (13 weeks) takes place at the Police Academy. It places heavy emphasis on police skills (such as driver training, firearms, arrest and control, investigation and patrol techniques), legal studies, physical fitness, foot drill (dress and deportment), and an introduction to the social sciences. The intent of Block I is to develop a relevant knowledge base for the Block II field training.
In Block II, the recruit constable returns to their home police department for a period of 18 to 21 weeks. During this field-training component, the recruit works under the guidance and continuous assistance of an experienced, specially trained constable (known as a field trainer). The field trainer is responsible for ensuring that the recruit receives a wide exposure to general police work. As a result, the recruit has the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in Block I within an operational setting.
In Block III (8 weeks), the recruit constable returns to the Police Academy, bringing experience from the “street scene.” This block builds on the knowledge of Block I, and the practical experience of Block II, to prepare the recruit to function independently upon graduation. After successfully completing Block III, the recruit graduates as a “Qualified Municipal Constable” that is designated by regulation, pursuant to the Police Act.
The Police Academy provides advanced training opportunities for skill development and career enhancement for municipal police officers and the RCMP.
Courses are restricted to employees of law enforcement agencies and must be secured through municipal police department/RCMP training officers.
For more information, visit the Advanced Police Training page.
The Police Academy is pleased to provide a number of resources and information of interest to police officers, students and others considering careers in law enforcement
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