BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Law Enforcement Preparation Certificate

Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September

Law Enforcement Preparation Certificate

The Law Enforcement Preparatory Program prepares individuals for entrance into law enforcement or public safety careers. The program is designed to assist students in developing the necessary skills and academic knowledge required to become police officers with the RCMP. It is aligned with the RCMP cadet selection requirements and training standards in order to ensure students success. Throughout and once the students have completed the program, they will be encouraged to begin the process to become a police officer with the RCMP. The graduates from the program bring language and cultural skills that will continue to enhance the RCMP's relationship with Canada's Aboriginal communities. This certificate program is offered on full-time basis (5 days/week, 30 hours). Students will engage in Problem Based Learning which focuses on group work, communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program, instructors will encourage students to become increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well prepared for active participation in the classroom. The student's skills are enhanced through scenario training which includes investigating crime scenes, identifying & seizing evidence, conducting witness & suspect interviews, completing investigational & prosecution reports, preparing evidence for a judicial processes, morning physical training, elder teachings, pipe ceremonies, and community volunteer activities. Course guides provide direction of learning in preparation, course activities and reflection of the content. The instructor acts as facilitator and expert to promote an environment conducive for learning through activities such as guided discussion, debate, audio-visual presentation, group activities, skill building exercises and simulation. In the final week of the program, students will travel to the RCMP Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan. This is an experiential field course where students will observe law enforcement practices.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a Canadian Secondary School Diploma (high school) or
    equivalent (upgrading to acquire an equivalent prior to starting is

  • English 10;

  • Math 10;

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age;

  • Be a Canadian Citizen;

  • Be able to pass an enhanced reliability security check;

  • RCMP Criminal Record Check (LEPP applicants must contact their
    local RCMP detachment for a criminal record check and pay associated

  • Medical Clearance Form (LEPP applicants must contact their local
    physician to confirm that they are fit enough to complete the RCMP
    Physical Abilities Requirements Examination);

  • Be able to pass a hearing and vision test; and

  • Class 5 Driver's License (LEPP applicants are required to
    possess a valid, unrestricted Canadian driver's license to apply to the
    RCMP. LEPP applicants are encouraged to begin the process of obtaining
    their driver's license, if they do not have valid unrestricted Canadian
    driver's license prior to their LEPP application.

Year 1 Fall Term
  • COMP-101 - Computer Essentials and the Internet
  • LEPP-100 - Physical Education Development
  • LEPP-110 - Effective Presentations
  • LEPP-120 - Aboriginal Community Relations
  • LEPP-130 - Roots and Effects of Domestic Violence
  • LEPP-145 - Investigational Techniques
  • LEPP-165 - Introduction To Law Enforcement
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Year 1 Spring Term
  • HLTH-201 - Physical Health and Fitness
  • LEPP-140 - The Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • LEPP-150 - The Criminal Code
  • LEPP-155 - Community Based Policing
  • LEPP-170 - Aboriginal Policing
  • LEPP-175 - Managing Police Function
  • LEPP-180 - Field Practicum
  • Course Listing for this program

    COMP-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Computer Essentials and the Internet
    Welcome to the Introduction to Computers and the Internet (ICI). This course has two sections: Internet and Windows. Internet Section The Internet section is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Internet including, email basics and advanced features, web browser basics, web navigation, web research and newsgroups. Windows Section The Windows section is designed to provide students with an introduction to the current version of Microsoft Windows Professional or Windows XP. Students will learn to manipulate the Windows environment, use Windows Accessories and use My Computer and Windows Explorer to manage files and folders. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission requirements
    HLTH-201 - Credits: 3.000
    Physical Health and Fitness
    The aim of this course is to provide students with introductory knowledge regarding improvement in health and physical fitness for the enhancement of a healthy lifestyle and total well being. Students will examine the elements of muscular fitness, cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility as it relates to healthful living. Specifically, students will learn to develop personal exercise programs and understand the health implications of physical activity, physical fitness and nutrition. Furthermore, students will improve their current level of physical fitness. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH-059 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent and MATH 11 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
    LEPP-100 - Credits: 3.000
    Physical Education Development
    This course addresses nutrition, stress management, physical aptitude through techniques such as weight training, anaerobic, aerobic and cardio-vascular capabilities by employing a variety of methods. A physical aptitude assessment (PAA) will take place every six weeks. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    LEPP-110 - Credits: 3.000
    Effective Presentations
    This course is experiential in nature and students present to the group from the beginning. Students are taught both theoretical and practical techniques that aid in effective delivery of their material. Presentations will be video taped, reviewed and critiqued. Students will also be provided technical skills on utilization of Power Point Presentations. This course also emphasizes the importance of technical writing skills. It covers the fundamentals of audience analysis, organizations, style and tone. Students develop skills in writing letters, minutes, formal and informal reports and research. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 050 or English 11 and MATH 050 or Applications of Math 11 or equivalent.
    LEPP-120 - Credits: 3.000
    Aboriginal Community Relations
    This course will review policing practices from an Aboriginal perspective highlighting the impact of oppression, neo-colonialism, and government policies in the lives of Aboriginal people. The course will also focus on relevant life experiences of each student respecting their knowledge while analyzing global ideologies, and law research in the study of collective resistance. More Details on this course
    LEPP-130 - Credits: 3.000
    Roots and Effects of Domestic Violence
    This course examines domestic violence in the context of the historical abuses and atrocities perpetrated against Canada's Aboriginal people. The students review impacts of genocide, introduction of diseases, causes of starvation, general review of the Indian Act and its impacts, effects of residential schools and a general review of the child welfare system. Students will also examine the characteristics, dynamics and motivations of both victims and offenders of abuse and violence. While many of the psychological ramifications of violence are universal, the history, socio-economic, political and geographical conditions of Aboriginal people often contribute to additional and unique distress. More Details on this course
    LEPP-140 - Credits: 3.000
    The Canadian Criminal Justice System
    This introductory course provides students with an understanding of the Canadian criminal justice system. Students will study the structure and jurisdictions of the three levels of government involved together with the operation of corrections, courts, and police. Students will be able to trace an offender through the criminal justice system. The course will also focus on unique groups, such as Aboriginal peoples, impacted by the criminal justice system and their characteristics unique to various cultures in Canada. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission and ENGL 050 or English 11 and MATH 050 or Applications of Math 11.
    LEPP-145 - Credits: 4.000
    Investigational Techniques
    This course utilizes a problem-based learning model, requiring student interaction and role-playing. Students will practice the process of applying an informed, modern approach to investigating criminal offences, and will learn the procedures and processes of investigational duties as related to policing. More Details on this course
    LEPP-150 - Credits: 3.000
    The Criminal Code
    This course will provide students with an understanding and comprehensive appreciation of the Canadian Criminal Code and the importance of understanding the manual for policing exercises. Students will be taught how to cite selected criminal offenses, elements of crime and pre-trial criminal procedures. The course will also examine the statutes of British Columbia and identify duties, authorities, responsibilities, penalties, and court procedures regarding provincial statues. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 050 or English 11, and MATH 050 or Applications of Math 11.
    LEPP-155 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Based Policing
    Community policing is collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems in order to prevent crime. Within this course students will explore models, both historical and contemporary, to engage members of the community to solve localized problems pertaining to crime and poverty. More Details on this course
    LEPP-165 - Credits: 4.000
    Introduction To Law Enforcement
    This course provides an overview of law enforcement in Canada. Students will be introduced to police responsibilities including patrol, motor vehicle crashes/stops, investigations, major/minor crime scenes and report writing. The students are introduced to ethics, professionalism and discretion as police officers or any occupation viewed as an authority figure. Lastly, students learn about C.A.P.R.A (Clients, Acquire, Partnership, Response, Assessment), a problem-solving model used by police officers. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 120
    LEPP-170 - Credits: 2.000
    Aboriginal Policing
    This is an experiential field course where students will observe law enforcement practices. The field trip will be centered around a visit to a RCMP training cadet academy. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 100 / LEPP 120
    LEPP-175 - Credits: 4.000
    Managing Police Function
    This course introduces students to the management functions used by first-line supervisors in regards to patrolling officers, investigation office managers and directors. Students will be provided an overview of the variety of situations police officers must respond to that may threaten personal and public safety. This course will introduce students to various scenarios police officers will encounter while on duty. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 145 / or permission of the instructor
    LEPP-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Field Practicum
    This field practicum will demonstrate various aspects of work involved with law enforcement careers such as: shift work, applying administrative duties, importance of report writing, process of detainment, and the significance of communication. It will develop effective use of people skills and enhance leadership qualities. The field practicum will assist students in developing their understanding and appreciation of law enforcement and its complexities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: LEPP 150 / LEPP 140 / LEPP 130 / LEPP 165 / LEPP 170
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2020 (January - April)

  • HLTH-201-01
  • Fall 2020 (September - December)

  • COMP-101-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2021 (January - April)

  • HLTH-201-01
  • LEPP-140-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1

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