Category Archives: Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

Through the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma, get an applied, experiential education in law enforcement and public safety to gain the skills, training and experience you need to be a sought-after candidate in the recruitment process. For more information, visit www.jibc.ca/lesd

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JIBC Law Enforcement students learn out in the community

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Compassion and empathy were on the menu recently as students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) volunteered at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

More than 100 students from the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma and Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies programs put in three-hour shifts at a food bank depot in East Vancouver.  

The volunteer stints are components of the first-year course, Law Enforcement in a Diverse Society, and the fourth-year course, Multiculturalism, Conflict and Social Justice, both taught by Law Enforcement Studies instructor Dr. Jessica Motherwell, a diversity expert.

The students spent their time opening bags of food donations, sorting them, discarding unusable items, and repackaging the donated food into bags for clients. 

“One of the signature ways to communicate our culture is through food,” said Motherwell.

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Robbery set LESD grad on path to policing

2016_09sept6_mateen_rc-1-650x300Being a victim of crime helped by police inspired Mateen Aminie to go into policing himself. He credits JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program for helping him get hired recently by a local police department. (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Richard Chu)

 

Const. Mateen Aminie was just 14 when an act of violence set him on a career path to help others.

By then, the teen had already had more upheaval in his life than many encounter in a lifetime. His family had fled their native Afghanistan when he was a baby, relocating to Pakistan before eventually emigrating to Canada years later when he was 13.

It was good timing for him, he said, since by that age, he was firmly ensconced in his native culture, able to speak fluent Farsi and Dari, and could adapt to a new language and culture in his new life in Canada.

Things were going well in his first year in Canada until he was attacked while heading home from a job at a fast-food outlet in Surrey. A group of thugs knocked him unconscious, hitting him in the head with a bat and kicking him in the face, before robbing him. A passing cab driver witnessed the incident and called Surrey RCMP.

When police arrived, they offered him the help of victim services, and generally they showed they cared. This was very different from his experience in Pakistan where most people don’t like or trust police.

“Before I came to Canada I knew police were different here, but I didn’t know how different,” said Mateen, now 20. “They caught the guys who did it within an hour. That was really cool. That kind of thing doesn’t happen over there in Pakistan.”

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Law Enforcement Studies student helps women living in the Downtown Eastside

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A mother of two young children who lost her husband unexpectedly last December, Megan L’Heureux decided earlier this year to embark on a new career path in public safety by completing JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) program.

Her first semester in the program has proven to be an eye-opening experience. For example, in the Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System course (LAWS-1202), students have an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about some of the situations and challenges public safety professionals deal with. In October, Megan’s class went to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with their instructor, Chris Thomson, to visit the provincial courthouse and InSite, North America’s first legal supervised injection site operated by Vancouver Coastal Health.

While she had been aware of the poverty and all the issues facing residents in the Downtown Eastside, spending time in the neighbourhood “stirred up a lot of positive energy in me,” and she spent the next few days looking for different ways to try and help people in the neighbourhood. read more »

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JIBC Law Enforcement Studies program contributes to the success of a new BC Sheriff recruit

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Ever since Jenelle completed the RCMP Youth Academy when she was in high school, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“It was definitely an intense experience, however, I have to admit that by the end of the program, I had become infatuated with the intensity, discipline, sense of teamwork, and overall feeling of accomplishment when it was all said and done,” she said. “After that experience, I knew that law enforcement was something I definitely wanted to be a part of.”

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JIBC Law Enforcement Studies Diploma contributes to success of newly hired deputy sheriff

Jordan Zanotto - 2015 Deputy Sheriff GraduateJordan Zanotto credits JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program for contributing to his success in becoming a deputy sheriff in B.C. (Submitted photo; story by Richard Chu)

 

Thanks to his JIBC education, Jordan Zanotto, 21, is well on his way to a successful career in law enforcement – a goal he has had for as long as he can remember.

“Working in any law enforcement agency provides a great opportunity to help people and serve the community. That’s why I have always wanted to become a law enforcement officer,” he said. “The most rewarding thing for me is knowing that I have the opportunity to help someone in need.”

To reach his goal, he applied and was accepted into JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) program, which is a unique academic program that provides prospective law enforcement officers with the applied skills and specialized knowledge needed to be sought after candidates in a highly competitive recruitment process.

Jordan was three courses away from graduating from the LESD program when he was successfully hired to become a deputy sheriff with BC Sheriff Services in January 2015.

He credits the education and experience he gained through the LESD program for helping him become a sheriff. read more »

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Sherri Calder: JIBC Instructor of the Year instilling vital conflict resolution skills in future justice and public safety professionals

Sherri Calder, JIBC Instructor of the Year 2013Sherri Calder selected as JIBC’s Instructor of the Year. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)

 

One of the best compliments any instructor can receive is the feedback that what they have taught has made a difference.

Sherri Calder regularly hears such stories from students in the conflict resolution courses she teaches through the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) Centre for Conflict Resolution and in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) Program.

“Many of my students have told me they speak differently to their partners, family members, work colleagues and supervisors,” said Calder, who is the latest recipient of JIBC’s Instructor of the Year Award. “It’s very applicable in their daily lives.”

It’s even more valuable for those responsible for maintaining order and keeping people safe. read more »

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Exchange student finds career focus at JIBC

Ciara Maguire is an exchange student from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) at JIBC's New Westminster campusCiara Maguire is an exchange student from Ireland’s Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and spent a semester in Canada at JIBC (Photo and story by Richard Chu)

 

Ciara Maguire’s drive to become a police officer has gotten a boost after studying at JIBC this past semester.

An exchange student from Ireland’s Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), she’s been taking courses in JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) program since she arrived in Vancouver in January.

“It’s been really beneficial,” she said in a recent interview after class at the New Westminster campus. “At home, not everyone in Criminal Justice Studies is 100% sure what they want to do read more »

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JIBC graduates get a global perspective in policing

James Copping in Ireland (2013)James, a recent JIBC graduate, had the opportunity to complete part of his studies as an exchange student in Ireland (Submitted photo)

 

For James and Diana, completing the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) didn’t just give them an advantage in a career in law enforcement. It broadened their perspective of the world and policing.

The two students had the opportunity to spend their last semester in 2013 in Ireland at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). read more »