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Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

In the Atlantic Police Academy’s Sheriff and Public Safety Officer Program, students learn the skills required to be successful in many different security and law enforcement careers.

Accredited by the Canadian Security Council, the program offers many career opportunities to graduates in both federal and provincial security agencies, as well as private security companies. Career opportunities include:

  • Sheriff
  • Public safety officer
  • Armoured car security
  • Cell block security
  • Courtroom security and prisoner transports
  • Municipal peace officer
  • Highway safety officer
  • Bylaw enforcement officer

As part of the Sheriff and Public Safety Officer program, all cadets undergo on-the-job training at various security facilities throughout Atlantic Canada. This real-life experience provides students the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge, and offers cadets the fundamental skills needed to further pursue careers in policing or corrections.

The program includes practice on a driving course and gun range, use of force/control skills, as well as communication and mental health training.

Cadets also learn effective communication on campus, where they are required to live for the duration of the program.


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

Each single-occupancy room includes a bathroom, fridge, television, air conditioning and heat. Common areas include a sitting room, television, laundry (Coin operated) and kitchen (non-cooking) facilities.

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

James Barrieau, Graduate 2016

James Barrieau“Here at the Academy, they teach you the basics of security enforcement. We learned the foundation and we learned how to practice it in the workplace. It prepared us for what we have to do on the job. And it can open a lot of doors to other careers. It’s not just about being a sheriff.”


Greg Delano, Graduate 2016

Greg Delano“The instructors here at the Academy really care about us. You’re always learning from them. And you can take what you learn and use it to show inmates that you care about them, too. I find it easier to communicate with people now. It’s made me stronger and a lot more confident. You come here to be a sheriff, but you learn so much about yourself. I was interested in being a police officer and in law enforcement. Sheriff is a hybrid of both policing and corrections.”


Natasha Phillips, Graduate 2016

Natasha Phillips “I like knowing that I can protect the public. I pick up on little things I never would have noticed before. I’ve gained self-confidence. I can walk into any workplace and be sure that I know what to do. You know you’ve chosen the right school when other law enforcement agencies have received their training here, too.”


Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 24 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside
Credential: Certificate, Sheriff and Public Safety Officer
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Must be 19 years of age by program start date
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license (Students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of this license, regardless of Holland College training.)
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV)) with no findings of guilt
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C – must be valid for the duration of the program
  • Automated external defibrillator certification
  • Successful completion of PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation) Test
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download in PDF or MS Word) (not required until after an applicant has been accepted)
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status (a copy of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate, or a permanent resident card)
  • Must have a Psychological Profiling Test (The applicant is responsible for this cost. Testing for applicants from the Maritimes is held in PEI. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions.)
  • Résumé 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

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment with:

  • Sheriff
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Municipal Peace Officer
  • Highway Safety
  • University Policing
  • Bylaw Enforcement
  • Armored Car
  • Cell Block 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 4421, NOC 4423.

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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

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If you have any questions concerning this program, contact:

Arlene Heffell



Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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