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  • Objectives
    Graduates of Law and Security Administration - Private Security, acquire knowledge for a variety of careers in the security sector (private and public). While the various components of the security sector are examined, the program concentrates on specific areas such as loss prevention, risk management, conflict management, civil and criminal liability, and corporate and commercial security. The program places a great deal of emphasis on business practice. Although, as noted, graduates acquire knowledge applicable to the security sector, graduates will also acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes which are appropriate for many positions in the Criminal Justice area.
  • Academic Title
    Law and Security Administration - Private Security Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • PFLP-1002    Canadian Criminal Justice System     3.00
    • PFLP-1003    Fitness & Lifestyle Management 1     2.00
    • PFLP-1004    Criminal Code     3.00
    • SOCI-1036    Issues in Diversity     3.00
    • PSYC-1001    Introduction to Psychology     3.00
    • SOCI-1001    Sociology & Canadian Society     3.00
    • WRIT-1044    Reason & Writ 1 for Human Services     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CRIM-1001    Criminology     3.00
    • PSYC-1002    Interpersonal & Group Dynamics     3.00
    • SOCI-1004    Contemporary Social Problems     3.00
    • PFLP-1006    Fitness & Lifestyle Management 2     2.00
    • PFLP-1001    Career Opportunities     2.00
    • COMM-3048    Communication for Police, Law & Security     3.00
    • PFLP-1015    Law Enforcement Ethics & Comm. Services     3.00

    Level 3    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BSCI-3005    Conflict Management     3.00
    • LAWS-3008    Interviewing Investigation & Observation     2.00
    • LAWS-3009    Business Law for Security     3.00
    • LAWS-3012    Young Offenders Law     3.00
    • PSYC-3001    Abnormal Psychology     3.00
    • LAWS-3025    Provincial Offences     3.00
    • LAWS-3046    Loss Prevention     2.00
    • LAWS-3045    Border Services & Immigration     2.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • LAWS-3021    Evidence     3.00
    • LAWS-3022    The Management of Security     3.00
    • LAWS-3024    Legal Liability     3.00
    • LAWS-3026    Federal Statutes     3.00
    • LAWS-3027    Corrections     3.00
    • PFLP-3015    GIS Crime Mapping     3.00
    • PFLP-3016    Public Safety in the 21st Century     3.00
    • LAWS-3044    Security Administration     2.00

    Gen Ed - Elective

    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 2

    BSCI-3005 -  Conflict Management
    This course is designed to develop the ability of the participant to intervene in conflict/crisis situations which will be examined from their inception through the intervention stage. Problem solving skills and non violent intervention techniques/strategies will be discussed with an emphasis on officer safety, awareness and preparation. Recognition of behaviour patterns which may lead to violent encounters and subsequent legal responses are dealt with.

    COMM-3048 -  Communication for Police, Law & Security
    This course provides students with professionalcommunication skills with emphasis on guidelinesused by police agencies. Students continue todevelop and enhance reading comprehension andwritten communication skills while also developingwork-search skills and group skills. Assignmentsinclude various professional business writingdocuments (letters/memos/r233sum233s), contentspecific police reporting documents, and anaudio/visual/oral presentation. In addition,students will also apply formatting and editingskills to written documents in an electronicenvironment as well as preparing a ProfessionalDevelopment Portfolio for employment application.

    CRIM-1001 -  Criminology

    This course provides an examination of the theoretical explanations of criminal social-psychological behaviour. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity in Canada, and is examined through crime statistics, correlates of criminal behaviour and applied uses of social science in forensic applications. The impact of theory on the development and effectiveness of the justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future interventions and trends.

    LAWS-3008 -  Interviewing Investigation & Observation

    This course focuses on interviewing and investigation skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses and suspects. They also learn the basic steps of investigation including the practical development of notetaking and observation skills.

    LAWS-3009 -  Business Law for Security

    This course provides an examination of selected areas of business law which form the civil law context within which the private security industry functions in Canada. Students will analyse and assess the creation and enforcement of legal rights and obligations enabling the student to gain recognition of the business needs of the security provider.

    LAWS-3012 -  Young Offenders Law
    This course will enable the student to explain the historical, philosophical and theoretical application of legislation affecting young persons; in particular, to explain, analyze and apply the principles and processes of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as it applies to police and other professionals who work with young persons. Topics such as questioning, diversion, arrest, custody, youth records and confidentiality, court processes, sentencing, parental responsibilities, protection of society and child protection will be covered.

    LAWS-3021 -  Evidence

    This course provides a detailed examination of the rules of evidence enabling students to learn those rules and develop an ability to apply the rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. The application of the Canada Evidence Act, Ontario Evidence Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be examined.

    LAWS-3022 -  The Management of Security

    This course examines factors involved in security department management in the context of a business environment. The integration of these factors and the security function into an organization's operations to provide benefits which contribute to overall efficiency and profitability is emphasized.

    LAWS-3024 -  Legal Liability

    This course introduces and describes the legal environment in which private investigators and security guards perform tasks in relation to their work. Emphasis is placed upon the regulatory framework governing the profession and criminal and civil liabilities investigators and private security officers may incur should their work fall below certain acceptable standards.

    LAWS-3025 -  Provincial Offences

    Students will interpret and apply provincial statutes. Topics studied will include arrest, search and seizure authorities, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies. Statutes examined will be: Provincial Offences Act, Highway Traffic Act, Mental Health Act, Tenants Protection Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor License Act, Coroners Act, the Blind Persons Act and Game and Fish Act.

    LAWS-3026 -  Federal Statutes
    Students will interpret elements of offences related to weapons and the Firearms Act, controlled drugs and substances and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Provisions of other Federal Statutes and their relationship with the Criminal Code will also be examined.

    LAWS-3027 -  Corrections
    This course provides an examination of present Canadian correctional policy and practice as well as a review of theoretical considerations in order to better understand current practices and new directions in the Canadian correctional environment.

    LAWS-3044 -  Security Administration
    An advanced course in security stressing the rolesof supervisors and management in the handling ofprotection and control of facilities, property,and personnel. Other topics include disastercontrol, panic, fire prevention, industrialespionage, labour disputes, public disorder, andcomputer security. Students are expected toundertake extensive related research.

    LAWS-3045 -  Border Services & Immigration

    This course is an examination of the statutory andregulatory laws which relate to Canada Customs andImmigration. Within this context, specific regardis given to the duties and roles of an officerengaged in the enforcement of these laws.

    LAWS-3046 -  Loss Prevention

    An examination of the causes, methods ofprevention, methods of detection and ofpreliminary investigation, in the control ofrobbery, burglary, shoplifting, pilferage,embezzlement, employee dishonesty, together withconsideration of their cost factors and theabsorption of those costs.

    PFLP-1001 -  Career Opportunities
    This course will explore the structure, duties, administration, and jurisdiction of various law enforcement agencies, both public and private. The student will be encouraged to assess and evaluate these agencies as potential career options as well as apply knowledge obtained from presentations by various law enforcement professionals.

    PFLP-1002 -  Canadian Criminal Justice System
    This introductory course provides the student with an overview of the Canadian Criminal Justice System with a particular emphasis on the history, function, role and organization of Canadian law enforcement services. The operation of the Criminal Justice System will be examined and analysed in light of contemporary issues affecting the system. Each of the major components from enforcement through the courts and correctional services will be explored.

    PFLP-1003 -  Fitness & Lifestyle Management 1

    Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course introduces the student to the concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. Students, through lectures, practical experience and self-evaluation will address physical fitness, self-responsibility and social interaction. The student will evaluate and implement an effective personal fitness program.

    PFLP-1004 -  Criminal Code

    In this course students will analyse specific elements of selected criminal code offences. These include offences against the person, against property and against public order. Students will research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences and use case law to argue or defend decisions.

    PFLP-1006 -  Fitness & Lifestyle Management 2

    Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. A continuation of PFLP 1003, this course continues on the concepts of wellness and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. Students, through lectures, practical experience and self-evaluation will address physical fitness, stress management, leadership/team/suicide, cardiovascular disease, shift work, nutrition, back health and infectious and non infectious diseases. Bonafide Occupational Testing.

    PFLP-1015 -  Law Enforcement Ethics & Comm. Services

    This course will explore basic concepts andpolicies with respect to ethical reasoning andbehaviour by law enforcement personnel. Similarly,the structure and administration of communityorganizations and social services will be exploredand the interrrelationship of law enforcementagencies and practices with social services. Thestudent will be encouraged to participate in andmaintain a portfolio of community service hours(volunteer work) as part of the philosophy of thiscourse.

    PFLP-3015 -  GIS Crime Mapping
    This course is an advanced level course in crimemapping utilizing Geographic Information Systems(GIS). GIS assists law enforcement agencies andofficers in the prevention and reduction ofemergencies while simultaneously allowing forfirst responders to make informed and accurateresponses based on statistical andmethodologically sound computer-generated models.The student will also learn how crime mappingassists in the recovery from a criminal event, andallows the agencies and/or officers involved toassist in the healing and continuity of acommunity. Lastly, the student will acquireknowledge relevant to the establishment andcontinuity of evidence utilizing GIS software anddata.

    PFLP-3016 -  Public Safety in the 21st Century

    This course is designed to provide the studentwith an understanding of how public safetyagencies have become first-line defenders ofcitizens, property, and the environment. Thestudent may be introduced to course materialspertaining to CPTED (Crime Prevention ThroughEnvironmental Design), Biometric Technologies andVerification Systems, Crisis Management andIncident Response Plans, and/or the Fundamentalsof Emergency Management and Preparedness.

    PSYC-1001 -  Introduction to Psychology

    In this introductory level course students learn to apply basic psychological concepts including scientific methods, biological bases of behaviour, perception, states of consciousness, learning, motivation and theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on the causes and consequences of human behaviour including abnormal behaviour.

    PSYC-1002 -  Interpersonal & Group Dynamics

    This is an introductory level course in which students learn to apply knowledge about interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. The major emphasis will be on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals, as well as groups. There will be a specific focus on the issues that law enforcement personnel must manage. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making skills will be developed.

    PSYC-3001 -  Abnormal Psychology
    This course offers the student an opportunity to explore the topic of Abnormal Forensic Psychology, its theoretical knowledge base, and examine its practical applications to the multi-faceted mosaic of Law Enforcement. These discussions will include but are not limited to such topics as: Abnormal Psychology and Victimization, Behavioural and Emotional Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Suicide, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia. There will be a specific focus on the student developing a competency with Police Mental Health Response Strategies with these disorders.

    SOCI-1001 -  Sociology & Canadian Society

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the sociological perspective and theanalysis of social events. Topics of study will include research methodology, culture,socialization, deviance and crime, social inequality, social change, and collective behaviour.The student will also analyze how law enforcement personnel, law enforcement services, andsociety have benefited from the social sciences.

    SOCI-1004 -  Contemporary Social Problems

    The student will analyze contemporary Canadian social problems using the current social science paradigms and theories. Contemporary topics that are particularly relevant to law enforcement such as the sex industry in Canada; alcohol and other drugs; domestic violence; gender inequality; and economic inequalities, will be addressed.

    SOCI-1036 -  Issues in Diversity
    In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequity in various social settings, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. Incorporating social/legal explanations of diversity, students will develop a clear understanding of the impacted groups and possible strategies of community empowerment.

    WRIT-1044 -  Reason & Writ 1 for Human Services

    This course will introduce human services studentsto essential principles of reading, writing, andreasoning at the postsecondary level. Studentswill identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluatemultiple short readings and write persuasiveresponse essays to develop their vocabulary,comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

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