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

Law Enforcement Studies student helps women living in the Downtown Eastside



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 »

Fire & Safety Division Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate Justice Institute of British Columbia

JIBC firefighting students help save the life of a teenager

FFTC Class 3 Students Save LifeWindsor Wong, Brandon Kaye, Lance Masocol, Kristoffer Nicholas, Matthew John from Class 3 of the Fire Fighter Technologies Certificate were first on the scene of a crash in Maple Ridge on October 28, 2015 (Photo & story by Richard Chu)


A 17-year old survived a horrific motor vehicle incident with the assistance of JIBC firefighting students.

On October 28, five students in the latest class of JIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) were on their way to tour a fire hall in Abbotsford when they arrived on the scene of an accident at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and 287 Street in Maple Ridge.

The crash involved a silver pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old and a white pickup truck carrying four Chinese occupants in their mid-60s. The silver truck was wrapped around a streetlight pole, and the white truck had significant damage on the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Witnesses to the crash were having little success in trying to save the teenager, who was pinned in the vehicle. read more »