Program Information

Ready for a career in protection, security and investigation? Come and train for this growing market with an all-encompassing education at Lambton College.

This program shares the first year of study with the Police Foundations program where students are introduced to a broad theoretical foundation in human relations and an overview of the criminal justice system. Second year of study prepares graduates for a successful career as a security professional in both the private and public law enforcement sectors. Students earn certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention training from the Crisis Prevention Institute and Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS 100) from Emergency Management Ontario. An emphasis is also placed on rapidly changing technology, intelligence and analytics in the security industry.

Opportunities to apply theoretical learning in our new criminal justice lab, allows students to develop the skills necessary to deal with the wide range of situations security personnel face daily. Students gain volunteer hours and field-related experience with Lambton College's student-run Safe Walk program.

Lambton College's faculty represent a diverse representation of the security field from Border Services, police, security and other related professionals. This, coupled with small class sizes, will ensure students receive a highly successful educational experience.

Experiential learning opportunities include a field placement component that occurs in the fourth term of the program. Students combine theory and practice while working in a professional security environment. Placement also assists in clarifying career goals and developing interpersonal and professional skills appropriate to the student's practice. Eligibility is dependent upon the student maintaining a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). 

Please Note: Any applicant entering this program must determine employment entrance criteria set by individual employers and must ensure fulfillment of those criteria. A criminal record could be a serious impediment to employment. 

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact Review the Mature Student Admission process

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

CJP-1013: The Canadian Criminal Justice System

In this course, students acquire foundational knowledge and skills related to the development, structure and practical operation of the Canadian criminal justice system. The course is geared towards students who will become practitioners in the criminal justice field and will require knowledge of their role in relation to the justice process as a whole. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to critically analyze the various components of the justice system, as well as examine the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the system.

CJP-1103: Issues in Diversity

In this course, students critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. Information concerning history, culture, heritage and contemporary issues relating to Canadian Indigenous groups is discussed. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment.

CJP-1052: Community and Social Services

This course is designed to accomplish two goals. The student acquires a working knowledge of community organizations and social services that operate adjacent to the Criminal Justice System. Students prepare to pursue and complete a required community service practicum. The student is introduced to the important role the volunteer plays in society. Emphasis is placed on the growing relationship between contemporary Criminal Justice Practice and the diverse social services and agencies. Both theory and practice is emphasized as the student prepares to involve him/her in appropriate practical volunteer situations.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

PED-1201: Fitness and Lifestyle Management I

This course introduces the student to concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on the student's understanding of the scope of what it means to be well, healthy and physically fit and how this relates to having a successful career in law enforcement.

PSY-1003: Psychology I

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to see psychology as an objective way of studying human experience.

SOC-1003: Sociology I

Sociology is a social science focusing on the systematic and diverse study of human group life. This course introduces students to the discipline of sociology and the sociological approach to understanding humans and our behaviour. This course attempts to develop one's ability to critically examine our world and relate it to our own lives. This course concentrates on a Canadian perspective and covers topics such as culture, socialization, social interaction, crime, deviance and stratification.

CJP-1203: Criminology

Criminology seeks to understand the underpinnings of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students examine this behaviour through sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Students apply this knowledge in critical examination of Canadian and global crimes and statistics. A contemporary look at victimology and restorative justice is also provided.

CJP-1253: Ethical Reasoning

This courses focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.

CJP-2013: Criminal and Civil Law

In this course students will examine the nature, role, and function of law. This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the concepts and principles of criminal and civil law in Canadian society. In addition, students will identify the rights and freedoms of citizens in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and determine its importance to the criminal justice process. Students will research and analyze various provincial and federal statutes and judicial decisions to consider the impact these have on law enforcement.

COM-2063: Communications for Public Safety

This course is designed for students in the public safety field to further develop their communication skills, which are essential for effective working relationships with individuals and teams in the work environment. Students will write workplace and research reports and continue to hone their critical thinking skills. Students will develop their presentation skills by sharing research and findings with their peers through oral presentations.

PED-1212: Fitness and Lifestyle Management II

This course is a continuation of PED 1202, further exploring concepts related to health, wellness, and physical fitness. Emphasis is placed on students identifying current lifestyle behaviours and developing strategies which would result in a healthier lifestyle. Students will also continue to work toward achieving fitness standards associated with Bona Fide Occupational Requirement evaluation.

POL-1303: Political Structure and Public Administration

You can change the system! Protest, debate, participate and foster innovation. Understanding politics allows a person to make a difference in our political system. This course is a survey of the behaviour of individuals, groups and institutions within the Canadian political system. The student will be introduced to distinctive aspects of the Canadian political environment, explore implications of the constitutional framework and define key elements of Canadian political participation. In addition, key aspects of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government will be discussed. Bureaucracy, mass media, political socialization, and public opinion polls as well as other aspects of the political arena will also be featured.

PSY-1213: Behavioural Health for First Responders

The current climate in first response demands that service providers be proactively prepared with a keen awareness of the demands of the job both personally and professionally. Students who take this course will develop essential self-awareness skills, enhance their knowledge of mental health issues in themselves and others, learn to foster collegiality through team work, and augment their understanding of the impact of workplace dynamics on one's mental health. Successful completion of the course will result in improved resiliency to meet the demands of a career in first response.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Academic Break

PSI-3013: Border Services

This course introduces students to the legislation and regulations that guide the roles and responsibilities of Border Services Officers serving as Canada's first line of defence. Students will learn how legislation like the Customs Act, Immigration & Refugee Protection Act and other regulations grant Border Services Officers the authority in determining the admissibility of goods, conveyances and persons into Canada. The Criminal Code of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will also be discussed highlighting Border Services Officers roles as peace officers as well as their responsibilities on behalf of numerous other government departments.

PSI-3023: Correctional Process

This course is focused on the wide range of correctional services and alternatives to incarceration provided by the government of Ontario and Canada. Through an examination of the mandates and objectives of these services students develop a basic understanding of the term "corrections". The course provides students with an in-depth look at the development of corrections and correctional philosophy; the role of the federal and provincial governments; correctional programs for adults, Aboriginals, and special needs populations in both institutional and community settings. Legislation and policies governing the continuum of service in corrections and the social/political factors influencing change are also examined.

PSI-3034: Introduction to Security

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the scope and practice of security occupations. There are more than 150,000 men and women working in the private security industry in Canada. Guards carry out a range of duties such as conducting patrols, preparing various reports, responding to emergencies and investigating criminal activity. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the public's heightened sense of safety and security has created a demand for security services. As a result, the security industry has experienced exponential growth in both the public and private sector. In order to meet these demands and provide a consistent standard in training the government of Ontario has legislated the formal training and licensing of security guards. In order to obtain a license, security guards in Ontario must now complete a 40 hour course and pass a test to demonstrate that they possess the knowledge necessary to work in the security industry. This course meets the government's training standards for security guards. Upon successful completion of this course and first aid certification, the student is eligible to write the standardized test. The test is administered by SERCO (DES Drive Test Centres) and a fee applies.

PSI-3043: Analytics and Intelligence

The use of intelligence is crucial in the field of law enforcement to be more effective when combating criminal groups. With appropriate application, the products of intelligence analysis can assist in developing strategic plans to tackle current problems and prepare for anticipated ones. This course provides an overview of the historical background relating to the use of intelligence and analysis as a process and introduces the student to the basic concepts of analytic processes, applications and contemporary issues as used in law enforcement.

CJP-3053: Youth in Conflict with the Law

This course focuses on the historical and philosophical development of federal and provincial laws in response to youth crime in Canadian society. Students examine and analyze, in the context of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legislation, the legal processes and court structure applicable to youthful offenders. Alternative methods of response to youth crime including extra judicial measures are identified as an alternative to the court system. Contemporary issues including, but not limited to, youth gangs, bullying, use of weapons and restorative justice are discussed.

CJP-4101: Professional and Practical Issues

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of workplace and professional issues in the field of criminal justice. Further, this course will foster an understanding of various career opportunities in the Criminal Justice Field with practical discussions and presentations from employment representatives. The course assists students in preparation to enter the workplace, including: designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches, information interviewing and presentation of oneself at a job interview.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

PSIF-4103: Field Experience

This course is designed to expose the student to a work environment which approximates his or her career goals. Classroom and field experience are blended to afford the student an opportunity to obtain practical experience in a wide variety of security enforcement/criminal justice agencies. Field experience allows for an expansion of career horizons and other goal setting based on practical learning and observation. Each student will gain at least 40 hours but optimally 120 hours of supervised field work practice occurring over a three week period in term four.

PSI-4013: Civilian Authorities

This course examines training and core occupational competency requirements relating to civilian powers of arrest and use of force. Criminal Code authorities regarding powers of arrest and breach of the peace authorities are studied along with pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students interpret elements of selected Criminal Code offences. The Trespass to Property Act, Smoke Free Ontario Act and Liquor Licence Act are also studied and authorities to act under those Provincial Statues are explained. The authority to use force and The Use of Force Model are discussed.

PSI-4023: Private Investigation

This course details the rules of evidence. It explains how an investigation is guided by knowing the essential elements of any criminal or regulatory offence. Emphasis is placed on techniques of information gathering through interview and the collection of physical evidence. Interrogation and the handling of admissions and confessions is also discussed. Since private investigation and the process of interrogation are performed for a client and not for the Crown, the procedures necessary to maintain and promote good labour relations are also discussed.

PSI-4033: Strategies of Prevention

This course equips the student to problem-solve in the industry, using the concepts of risk management and corporate decision making in a Canadian legal context. The learned principles and concepts of loss prevention are applied in the classroom and home assignments. This course structures a practical guide to the design and implementation of countermeasures. It culminates in a major assignment in which the student must engage a private business manager to conduct a security survey. The student is required to prepare a full report offering alternative countermeasures for the security concerns that arise from his/her assignment.

CJP-4113: Conflict Management

Managing conflict is an essential skill pertinent to all human service professionals. Successful crisis intervention provides for the ability to proficiently defuse a situation before physical and/or emotional destruction occurs. This course is designed to develop the capability of the participant to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation is examined from its inception through intervention. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are taught. Students learn to recognize behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters. These responses emphasize safety through awareness and preparation. Students who successfully complete this course receive certification by the Crisis Prevention Institute in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

PSI-4043: Technology and the Law

New technologies are increasingly altering the nature of crime, policing and security. Knowledge of these tools can offer police and security tremendously useful methods for combating criminal activities and enhancing community relations. This course introduces students to relevant and practical technologies associated with public safety, law enforcement, and security applications. Specific focus will be paid to biometrics, crime mapping, body-worn cameras, CCTV, drone technologies for law enforcement, communications technology, detection and surveillance technologies and global positioning satellite (GPS)

PED-4112: Fitness and Lifestyle Management for Protection, Security and Investigation

With the goal to successfully complete Bon Fide Occupational Requirements (BFOR), students continue to engage in a variety of physical fitness activity and self-directed study that promotes wellness, health and physical fitness.

CJP-3022: Emergency Preparedness

This course focuses on the coordinated efforts that are required to respond quickly and effectively to a broad range of emergencies from pandemics, to terrorist attacks to natural, man-made and deliberately planned disasters. Students focus on case-studies and problem-based learning. Guest speakers will provide students with a practical perspective of the various emergency response roles as well as detail the importance of interaction of responders at the scene.

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Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment with: military police, special constables (transit police), by-law enforcement, Canada Border Services, correctional services (federal and provincial), police services — federal, provincial, regional or municipal, loss prevention/retail security, alcohol and gaming (casinos/slots), industrial/corporate security, and private security/investigation.

A current analysis of the employment of those involved in both private protection services and police has established a widening gap between the growing number of those engaged in the field of private security and the number of police. The development of private property for commercial and entertainment use and the established civil responsibility for employee and client safety on private property has created a broad market for security professionals that is predicted to continue to grow into the next decade.

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