Police Science (Cadet)

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Established in 1971, the Atlantic Police Academy continues to provide law enforcement professionals with the training they needed to succeed in the field. As one of six national police training academies recognized by the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Professional Police Association (CPPA), thousands of cadets have passed through its doors since inception.

It is the only pre-employment police academy in North America with combined skills and academic training. Instructors work together to provide cadets with an integrated, scenario-based curriculum, and is one of the first academies in Canada to mandate mental health training, to help officers deal with all scenarios including crisis intervention, communications, and de-escalation situations.

The program includes defensive driving and traffic control, firearms and tactical training, use of force/control tactics training, criminal investigation, and communications. Classroom topics include law and the criminal code, sociology, psychology and mental health.

Providing a balanced blend of academic and tactical training, graduates of this program are provided with the confidence needed to keep themselves, and their community, safe.

The Atlantic Police Academy is the only police training facility in Canada, which enables graduates to utilize their certificate towards credits in a Bachelor of Arts degree. Holland College, through an articulation agreement and credit transfer entitles the graduates to receive 45 credit hours toward Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island. Agreements also exist with the University of Cape Breton permitting the APA graduate a one year transfer of credit toward a Bachelor of Arts, Community Studies degree.

Duration: 35 weeks
Begins in: January

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All of the full time programs, offered at the Canadian Centre of Public Safety Excellence, require cadets stay in the residential dormitory provided during their training, excluding the on the job component of the program.

The residence provides experiential learning that would not be possible if students interacted with one another in an instructional setting alone. Residence life allows students to develop skills in teamwork, problem solving, time management and communications. It further enhances the development of gender and cross-cultural sensitivity, which are essential to a successful career in the public safety community.

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