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“The Police Science (Cadet) Program transforms cadets into law enforcement professionals. After graduation the cadets are equipped with the necessary academic and tactical knowledge to protect the lives, rights, property, and dignity of the citizens they are sworn to protect.”

Curtis Fudge, Learning Manager





At the Atlantic Police Academy (APA), cadets receive a balanced blend of academic and tactical training, providing students the confidence needed to keep themselves and their community safe. The Police Science (Cadet) program blends knowledge with hands-on training using real life situations and simulations to prepare police cadets for the law enforcement profession.The APA is located in Slemon Park, just minutes from the city of Summerside.

The Police Science (Cadet) program includes practice on a driving course and gun range, use of force/control skills, criminal investigation, as well as communication and mental health training. Academic components include coursework in sociology, psychology and law.


Derrick Meisner

“This was a way to get into a career in law and make a good income for my family. The driving was my favourite part. That’s when I felt like a police officer. You’re in your uniform, in the car with the lights and sirens on, conducting a traffic stop – just like you’re on duty. It’s worth the investment.”

Derrick Meisner, Cadet




Andrea Arsenault cropped“When I came here, I thought my size would be my biggest challenge when using control tactics. But seeing that I can do everything is really rewarding. With all the training you get – the law, psychology, and sociology courses, and the use of force training – your whole outlook on life changes.”

Andrea Arsenault, Cadet





Cadets are required to live on campus in the Atlantic Police Academy residence for the duration of the program. Each single-occupancy room includes a bathroom, fridge, television, air conditioning and heating. Common areas include a sitting room, laundry and kitchen (non-cooking) facilities.

Living in residence provides cadets with experiential learning in areas such as cooperation, problem solving, time management and communication skills. Through this interaction with fellow students outside the classroom setting, cadets develop a professional appreciation for teamwork and diversity.

Cadets are provided with 14 meals a week: breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Summerside has grocery stores, movie theatres, restaurants and other amenities.  Find out more about Summerside here.

Please note: There is a specific application form for this program outlining detailed information on requirements. Please click here to download an application or contact the Admissions Office.

Program Facts

Start Date: January
Length: 35 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside
Credential Issued: Certificate, Police Constable
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

This program prepares candidates to work in police agencies as Police Constables and in other related fields of law enforcement and security.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4311.

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant Status
  • Must be 19 years of age by program start date
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Successful completion of PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation) Test
  • Vision exam
  • Must hold a valid unrestricted Canadian driver’s license (must have been driving for a minimum of one year prior to start of program)
  • Driver’s Abstract indicating 1 year with no moving violations and an acceptable driving record
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Successful completion of a full background check
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Successful completion of the Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.), the Police Science Test (P.S.T.), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) – to be arranged by Holland College Admissions
  • Successful completion of polygraph interview
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download PDF or MS Word). This completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted.
  • Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C – must be valid for the duration of the program
  • Automated external defibrillator certification
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Please note: Applicants are asked to keep copies of all documents for their personal records. For more application information, see Police Memo 2017.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.


Since 1971, the Atlantic Police Academy has provided thousands of law enforcement professionals with the training they needed to succeed in the field. The academy is one of six national police training academies recognized by the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Professional Police Association (CPPA), and is the only police academy in North America with combined skills and academic training. Instructors work together to provide cadets with an integrated, scenario-based curriculum. The APA is the first academy in Canada to mandate mental health training to help officers deal with all scenarios including crisis, communication and intervention situations.

For additional post-graduate training and upgrading opportunities, check the Upcoming In-Service Training Courses list.

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If you have any questions concerning the Police Science (Cadet) program, contact:

Degree Pathways

For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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