Is this program right for you?
Be the one making a difference and keeping communities safe. If you have a relevant diploma, and are interested in obtaining an applied degree to pursue a law enforcement or public safety career, then this program is for you.
Be taught and mentored by instructors who are highly experienced subject matter experts in their field.
Superior Job Candidate
Stand out by completing an applied research project that advances the study of law enforcement and criminal justice.
This highly sought-after program is open to students who are focused on pursuing or advancing a career in law enforcement and public safety.
This program is ideal for students who have the qualities and qualifications that law enforcement agencies are looking for in their entry-level recruits.
This includes people who demonstrate integrity, compassion, accountability and respect; have strong communication skills; embody a lifestyle that exemplifies fitness, health and wellness; demonstrate a desire to serve the public and represent their community, and have a clean criminal record.
An increasing number of employees in public and private organizations are called upon to perform specialized investigations, supervision, enforcement and regulatory compliance functions that complement those performed by police and other peace officers. These demands require an extensive knowledge base and set of competencies that this program can fulfill.
The program has been designed to deepen our student's knowledge of law enforcement and the Canadian criminal justice system, and further develop valuable transferable skills such as research, critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
Graduates who have gone on to a career in law enforcement and public safety include those that have either furthered their education to a post-graduate level or have been hired and received further on-the-job training to serve various law enforcement and security roles. These include jobs as police constables, bylaw officers, deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, investigators, probation officers, border services officers, and other peace officer and security roles across Canada.
The program provides students 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.
It offers graduates additional career flexibility and professional development opportunities.
What You Need to Graduate
Students must successfully complete all 60 credits in the program while maintaining a GPA of 2.0.
Students have the option to complete the program full time, on campus, or online.
The full time, face-to-face program is offered at JIBC's New Westminster campus. Five courses will be completed each semester during the Fall and Winter semesters.
Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all courses in the program are temporarily being delivered in an alternative delivery format. Classes are conducted online in a live, synchronous manner that allows students to interact, in real-time, with instructors and classmates.
The online format consists of assignments, exams and evaluations delivered online. Courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner, where students study at a pace that works for them and are not required to attend scheduled lectures or activities. Courses will be offered year round during the Winter, Spring-Summer and Fall semesters. Students will have up to five years to complete all 20 courses in the program.
There are two intakes each year in September and January
Tuition is $641.87 per course (as of April 1, 2020).
- Learner Services Fee $17.81 per course
- Non-refundable application fee $75 (domestic)
- Textbooks & equipment additional cost (purchased from JIBC Store)
- Campus student fees (dependent on location)
Textbooks & Supplies
Course manuals textbook lists are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you are accepted into the program.
STEP ONE - Apply to the Program
Check the program application deadline date.
Apply by registering online at EducationPlannerBC and completing the online program application form.
STEP TWO - Submit Supporting Documents
Prepare and submit supporting documentation along with payment to the Admissions Office in person, by mail or email. All documents must be received by the application deadline.
In-Person or by Mail
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
The BLES degree is a competitive entry program and will make all admissions decisions based on the merit of the application. This includes a competitive GPA combined with an assessment of the required courses and supplemental documents. Only complete applications will be considered.
- September start - April 30
- January start (Online only) - August 7
- The competitive standard for admission is completion of a related two-year diploma or associate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum overall grade average of 72%. 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.
- A minimum grade of 72% in post-secondary English.
- High school graduation with a minimum grade of a C in 12 English, or the approved equivalent.
- International students must have achieved at least 220 TOEFL CBT, or 570 paper-based, OR an IELTS evaluation showing an overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (Academic Module), or equivalent.
Furthering a career in law enforcement or public safety
- Have completed a peace officer training program such as the RCMP Basic Training Program, the JIBC Municipal Recruit Training Program, or the Ontario Police College and;
- Have completed a minimum of 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.
JIBC 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.
Official university transcript
- Documentation confirming completion of a Peace Officer General Training Program.
- A minimum of three years of full-time service in a recognized public safety agency.
- A Prior Learning Assessment for 60 credits in the program.
Financial aid and awards
Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries including the JIBC General Student Bursary. All students are encouraged to apply.
Prior Learning Credits
JIBC has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. As part of the British Columbia public post-secondary system, JIBC is a full participant in the credit transfer system of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer.
Q: I finished high school quite a few years ago but am interested in taking this program. Am I eligible?
A: JIBC 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.
Q: Can I use this degree to transfer into a graduate program?
A: The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree may be eligible for transfer to graduate studies programs in many areas including law school, criminology and public administration.
Q: What jobs does this degree prepare me for?
A: Examples of special law enforcement roles include police officers, 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.
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