Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

Be the one making a difference and keeping communities safe. If you want to gain the applied skills to be a sought-after graduate pursuing a rewarding career in law enforcement and public safety, then this program is for you.

Today, an increasing number of employees in public and private organizations are called upon to perform specialized investigation, enforcement and regulatory compliance functions that complement those performed by police and other peace officers.

These public and private officials address issues that are increasingly more sophisticated, organized and technically challenging than in the past. The specialized mandates and issues faced by these officials requires a knowledge base and set of competencies that are somewhat different from, but generally complementary to, those required by police officers.

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Who Should Take this Program?

The goal of the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program is to provide you with the theoretical background, applied skills and specialized knowledge required to become a superior candidate in a recruiting process and to increase your chances of success at the entry-level employment stage in a range of investigation and law enforcement occupations. Our graduates who pursue a law enforcement career are making a difference in a wide range of organizations, agencies and departments.

What Will I Learn?

The two-year Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program consists of 60 credits with 840 hours of course work in two major content areas: 

  • Law enforcement studies  - criminology, the Canadian justice system, administrative and civil law, criminal law, investigation skills and procedures, computer investigation skills, law enforcement communication skills, applied law enforcement skills (e.g. emergency vehicle operations, fitness, surveillance, evidence collection and preservation, crisis intervention, use of force, arrest and control techniques), research skills, and a major project based on an approved topic in law enforcement.
  • Liberal studies - academic writing, communication skills, critical reading and writing, applied ethics, conflict resolution, diversity issues in law enforcement, Aboriginal justice and governance.

Program Format

This program is delivered using a cohort model where you will be assigned to a group of 26-28 students. You will progress through all your classes and graduate together. The cohort model encourages teamwork and academic success. With the cohort model, you are assigned classes and timetables that are designed specifically for your cohort. This ensures that you will receive all the classes you need to graduate from the program in two years.

Program Cost

Fees as of April 1, 2019

  • Non-refundable application fee: $75
  • Tuition fee: $512.67 per course
  • Learner Services Fee: $17.81 per course
  • Year 1: Applied Law Enforcement I driver training fee $220.81
  • Textbooks & equipment: approximately $800.00

Total cost to the learner for the two-year LESD program is estimated at $12,000.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the following entrance requirements for admission to the program. Please review the JIBC Law Enforcement Studies Application Package for an overview of the application process and checklist of required steps:

  1. Documentation confirming Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident status, or a valid Study Permit for international students.
  2. Proof of high school graduation with a minimum grade of a C in English 12 or equivalent. Applicants in Grade 12 can submit their interim transcript as part of their application until they receive their final high school transcript.
  3. Applicants must submit any/all previous post-secondary transcripts.
  4. Completion of a Criminal Record Check * showing no convictions for any violent criminal offense that would cause you to have a firearms prohibition, and no outstanding criminal charges. Please visit your local police agency for your Criminal Record Check.
  5. If English is not your first language or for International Applicants, submission of a TOEFL evaluation showing a score of 220 or greater (if computer-based), 560 or greater (if paper-based), or 83 or greater (if internet-based); OR submission of an IELTS evaluation showing an overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (Academic Module); OR equivalent demonstration of proficiency in the English language.
  6. An essay of 250 words outlining the reasons why the student wishes to be a student in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program submitted with the application.
  7. Two letters of reference from non-family members. Download the LESD Confidential Letter of Reference Form and follow the directions on the form.

Please note that a driver’s license is not a requirement for admission, but a minimum of a BC Learners Licence (“L”) is required to participate in the Emergency Vehicle Driving experience in Semester II of the program.

An in-person interview and assessment to determine suitability may be required. Related work experience and/or study will enhance your application.

The LESD diploma 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.

Accommodation for disabled applicants will be made in accordance with BC Human Rights Legislation.

* A Criminal Record Check is required because some course content may be sensitive or privileged. In addition, students normally require a clear criminal record prior to employment in any law enforcement or regulatory discipline.

Application Process & Start Dates

The Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program is only offered at the JIBC New Westminster Campus.

  1. Complete all items noted under Admission Requirements, and gather documentation as noted.
  2. Complete the Online JIBC Application Form.
  3. Submit your documentation along with payment using one of the following methods. Note the application deadlines below.
    In Person:
    Bring your documentation to the Justice Institute of British Columbia's New Westminster campus.

    Justice Institute of British Columbia
    Registration Office
    715 McBride Boulevard
    New Westminster, B.C.V3L 5T4

    Phone Number: 604.528.5590
    Toll-free: 1.877.528.5591

    By Mail:
    Please send documentation to the above address.

Start Dates

We are currently accepting applications for September 2020.  Application deadline is March 13, 2020.

The LESD diploma 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.


Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Market research suggests that job applicants will face a reasonable level of competition for employment in the broad field of law enforcement. As a graduate of the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program, you will be better prepared and more qualified to seek employment in a wide range of law enforcement, regulatory, and compliance fields. Our graduates who pursue a law enforcement career are making a difference in a wide range of organizations, agencies and departments.

Completion of the program does not guarantee entry into a law enforcement profession. 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. Nevertheless, we believe that completion of this program can become one of the preferred qualifications for such employment.

Credit Transfer

JIBC is a full participant in the credit transfer system of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers (BCCAT) and works with that system to facilitate transfer agreements that can benefit BC students. Further information on how your credits might transfer is available from the BC Transfer Guide.

Last updated March 9, 2020