Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies

Be the one making a difference and keeping communities safe. If you have a relevant diploma or associate degree and are interested in obtaining an applied degree to pursue a law enforcement or public safety career, then this program is for you.

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.

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Who Should Take This Program?

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.

Where is the Program Offered?

The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) is offered at the JIBC New Westminster Campus, and available online starting September 2020. 

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.

What Will I Learn?

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

Program Format

The Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) is taught by a variety of Faculty with practical and academic experience. Our courses combine theory and applied learning.

Students can pursue their studies full-time on campus at the New Westminster campus, or online starting in September 2020.

On Campus

The full-time on-campus format consists of 60 credits completed over two years with courses over the fall and winter semesters (five courses per semester). It is a cohort-based format that give students unique on-campus opportunities to work together, network and participate in various activities with JIBC law enforcement training academies.

Online - New

Starting in September 2020, the full-time online format consists of 60 credits that must be completed within five years with the flexibility to take courses in the fall, winter and spring-summer semesters (minimum of three courses per semester). It provides students with more flexibility to complete a degree while working or meeting other commitments.

Program Cost

As of April 1, 2020:

  • Non-refundable application fee: $75.00
  • Tuition fee: $641.87 per course
  • Learner Services Fee: $17.81 per course
  • Textbooks & equipment additional cost

Admission Requirements


Standard Admission

  • 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 of 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.

Application Process and Start Dates

Start Dates: 

We are currently accepting applications for September 2020. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.



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 March 9, 2020