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

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 »