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Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies Justice & Public Safety Division School of Criminal Justice & Security

JIBC law enforcement degree opens doors for recent grad

JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies program helps recent-graduate Louise Lathey combine her passion for helping animals with her desire to make a difference in her community. (Story by Wanda Chow)

 

Louise Lathey always knew she wanted to make a difference. She always figured she would accomplish that through a front-line role in policing or paramedicine.

In preparation for that, she completed several programs at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), from the Emergency Medical Responder Certificate, and Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement and Investigative Skills course, to the Investigation & Enforcement Skills Certificate and Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD).

Louise had applied for a policing job after her first year of LESD, but was told to reapply after gaining more experience in a related role. It was while searching for such a role that she tapped into her longtime love of animals. She landed a job at the BC SPCA as an on-call night emergency officer.

“This job was intense and incredibly rewarding. I responded to calls of sick or injured domestic and wild animals, and had to rescue and transport these animals to vet clinics, wildlife facilities or wherever else they needed to go. Thanks to this position I learned that skunks love peanut butter and raccoons are not as cute as they look.”

She began to explore the field of animal law. She transitioned into the BC SPCA’s cruelty investigations department, became a Special Provincial Constable doing cruelty investigations, worked in the Vancouver SPCA animal shelter as an animal care attendant, and had a chance to work in shelter management.

“At this point I think I had taken a break from school as I was sort of re-evaluating my career path. This is when I started realizing that the law enforcement world was bigger than just policing.”

Louise returned to JIBC to finish the LESD program and continued her studies to complete the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES). read more »

Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Police Academy

Officer aims to draw on own experience to be role model and help others

Just as she was once made to feel safe by police officers in her time of need, Const. Shauntelle Nichols wants to help others the same way. A graduate of JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program she is now an officer with the Saanich Police Department. (Story and photo by Wanda Chow)

 

When Shauntelle Nichols needed help, the police were there for her. Today she’s a police officer herself, ready to be there for others in need.

For the last several years, Shauntelle has drawn on her experience of officers helping make her feel safe to motivate and inspire her in her studies and efforts to be hired by a local police department.

“Because really, that’s what policing is. You’re at your worst day, somebody’s coming to help you. That’s what’s inspiring to me. I want to be that person [to make others feel safe]. And I see a lot of women, Aboriginal women, Aboriginal youth, in stressful and horrible relationships. They don’t know how to get out and sometimes all it takes is somebody listening, being supportive and being strong for you and guiding you in the right direction.”

It wasn’t long before her personal experience pointed her in the direction of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) where she applied to the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) program.

“I remember the day I got my acceptance letter I cried my eyes out because I was so happy to be going to this program. It’s the top public safety institution in BC. It’s well known and I knew that if I got in here and I worked as hard as I could it would give me a strong, strong reference to apply to police departments.”

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JIBC Law Enforcement Studies students launch #ThisWomanMyHero challenge

Every day all around the world, women and women-identified people act bravely, face danger, put others’ needs before their own, create life-saving innovations, and bring about remarkable and meaningful change. International Women’s Day is our opportunity to raise awareness, honour and celebrate these women who we look up to as the heroes in our lives.

Our JIBC Law Enforcement Studies students have launched a month-long social media challenge to encourage people of all ages and genders to recognize and acknowledge the women leaders, first responders, caregivers, elders, visionaries, artists, mothers, activists, friends and social justice champions who have influenced their lives.  read more »

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis Justice & Public Safety Division

Intelligence Matters

In the age of big data, the growing field of intelligence analysis can help businesses discover trends to protect themselves and boost organizational efficiency (Story by Evan Duggan, originally published in the 2017 Right Course Magazine published by BIV Media Group)


When Jennifer Johnstone first started out in the 1990s as an intelligence analysis for the Canadian Border Services Agency, the biggest challenge of the job was gathering enough data to build a sound investigation. “That’s on the case anymore,” says Johnstone, principal of JJ Analytics and Consulting and an instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) intelligence analysis program.

“When I first started, the challenge was finding enough data,” says Johnstone. “You would have a task or a problem to solve, and the real challenge was collecting the information to solve that problem. Now we have so much data it’s overwhelming.”

An estimated 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is generated around the world each day by search engines, social media sites, e-commerce companies and a plethora of other generators. A lot of that data remains available online and could be very harmful if grasped by the wrong hands.

While harnessing and understanding data is an important part of solving crimes and busting fraud schemes that steal identities and drain bank accounts, it’s also useful for organizations proactively looking to gain insights to mitigate risks in their business.

To these ends, the JIBC provides two graduate certificate programs that teach analysts how to sift through billions of bytes of data and convert it into valuable reports that not only help crime busters, but also boost organizational efficiency. read more »

Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies Justice & Public Safety Division Justice Institute of British Columbia Law Enforcement Studies Diploma

JIBC exchange programs give global perspective to students

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JIBC law enforcement studies students enjoying the Irish countryside while on a JIBC exchange to the Waterford Institute of Technology in 2013. Being a foreigner in Ireland helped her relate to newcomers she encounters in her current job as a police officer in Greater Vancouver.  (Story by Wanda Chow)

Since January 2013, 10 JIBC Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students have spent their last semester on an academic exchange at WIT in Ireland. The program helps students gain an international perspective of law enforcement and learn about the different opportunities and challenges faced by those working in law enforcement in other parts of the world. The JIBC Foundation, the Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation and the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, administered by the Victoria Foundation, generously provide financial support for students participating in this unique experience.

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Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies Justice & Public Safety Division Justice Institute of British Columbia Law Enforcement Studies Diploma School of Criminal Justice & Security

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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Corrections & Court Services Division Justice Institute of British Columbia School of Criminal Justice & Security Sheriff Academy

JIBC grad meets law enforcement goal as sheriff

harry_dhillon_650x300Harry Dhillon is about to meet his goal of working in law enforcement as he prepares to graduate from the Sheriff Academy at JIBC. (Story and photo by Wanda Chow) 

 

Harry Dhillon’s path into law enforcement was a circuitous one.

Since high school, he had always wanted to get into that line of work and, knowing there are many avenues out there, always made a point to keep his options open.

“I just wanted to be a positive role model in the community. I like problem-solving and helping people.”

At 18, Harry walked into an armed forces recruitment centre.

“Before I knew it, I was recruited with the army reserves with the military police. My very first uniform.”

He trained with them for seven years, the part-time gig providing the opportunity to travel around Canada and the U.S. In between stints with the reserves he studied criminology in university.

“The army really helped build my character, it kind of introduced discipline into my life.”

At 22, he became an auxiliary constable with Surrey RCMP, a volunteer position which gave him a taste for local law enforcement and gave him experience interacting with the public at community events.

Then, at 24, he joined the BC Public Service as a corrections officer.

“That’s where I had the chance to really build on my communication skills,” he said. “Your leadership and communication skills really play a key role in controlling and de-escalating situations.”

It was while with BC Corrections that he worked alongside and interacted with members of BC Sheriff Services.

“I noticed a lot of teamwork and professionalism amongst the sheriffs. And sheriffs really have a good reputation among the law enforcement community.” read more »

Justice & Public Safety Division Justice Institute of British Columbia School of Criminal Justice & Security

Be the one gathering intelligence

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In her work as a compliance investigator, Luiza Urbanczyk regularly uses the analytical techniques and investigative methods she learned while completing JIBC graduate certificates in Intelligence Analysis and Tactical Criminal Analysis.  (Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)

 

When people shop for a new home in BC, Luiza Urbanczyk is there to help protect them, thanks to the applied education she received at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

Luiza is a compliance investigator with the Homeowner Protection Office, a branch of BC Housing that works with industry to ensure all new homes built for sale in the province are covered by an approved new home warranty.

In her work with the licensing and compliance team, Luiza regularly uses the analytical techniques and investigative methods she learned in JIBC’s graduate certificates in Intelligence Analysis and Tactical Criminal Analysis. With her skills, she helps ensure contractors and owner-builders understand and fulfill their regulatory obligations under the Homeowner Protection Act when they are building or substantially reconstructing a home.

Using her skills to protect consumers is a rewarding way to make a living, she said. read more »