Since the Atlantic Police Academy (APA), a division of Holland College, opened its doors in 1971, thousands of law enforcement professionals, firefighters, and correctional officers have received the training they needed to enter and remain in the field. In addition to the Police Science (Cadet) program, the APA offers Basic Firefighting, Conservation Enforcement, Corrections, and Sheriff and Public Safety programs.
Some programs have a mandatory residence stipulation. Cadets in these programs must live in the APA residence in Slemon Park. The residential environment serves as a training lab in the same way as the driving track and firing range. 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, and for the development of attitudes such as gender and cross-cultural sensitivity that are essential to a successful career in the policing community.
In addition to its full time law enforcement programs, the academy offers in-service courses in specialized areas for experienced law enforcement officers. The courses are delivered at advanced levels at the Atlantic Police Academy and on site, depending on the training requirements. These courses are suitable for any officer and agency involved with professional law enforcement.
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Full-time programs offered at the Atlantic Police Academy are:
- Basic Firefighting
- Conservation Enforcement
- Correctional Officer
- Sheriff and Public Safety Officer (formerly Law & Security)
- Police Science (Cadet)
Technology and Training
The Academy provides current and future law enforcement personnel with high quality hands-on practical and professional training. Located at Slemon Park near Summerside, the Academy recently completed an $8.5 million renovation project that expanded and updated the facility and its technology, enabling the Academy to significantly add to its programs. The renovations are part of the process of continual appraisal of resources that ensures that the programs offered at the Academy are relevant, meet the highest professional standards, and reflect the constantly changing demands of the justice and emergency response professions.
At the Atlantic Police Academy, classroom sizes are carefully controlled to ensure that a safe student/teacher ratio is maintained. High quality contemporary training standards are employed in all of the Academy’s programs, and students learn using the latest equipment and resources including:
- The most technologically advanced live fire indoor range in Canada
- A unique and tactically innovated Interactive Crime Scene Village and Domestic Residence
- A Simmunitions (paintball) Interactive High Risk Training Centre
- A 10,000-ft concrete runway for Patrol and Guaranteed Arrival driver training
- Fourteen fully equipped police patrol vehicles
- A fully equipped sports gymnasium, fitness center, and separate control tactics gym
- Two advanced computer labs, one dedicated to training for Internet Crime Investigations and Police Data Retrieval
- A specialized technology lab for the investigation of alcohol-related offences
- A specialized technology lab for the investigation, analysis and reconstruction of traffic accidents and crime scenes
- Video and teleconference capabilities
- A modern resource library with computer reference and research capability and individual study rooms
- A student lounge for dining and breaks.
- Holland College now offers meal plans for students attending the Atlantic Police Academy.
- A customized residence featuring private rooms for programs with mandatory residence stipulations. Each room has its own bathroom, air conditioning,and wiring for cable TV, telephone and internet service connections.
Students learn in an environment that enables them to get the most out of their training at the Atlantic Police Academy and to form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Canadian Police Knowledge Network
The Atlantic Police Academy is closely involved with the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN). Operating from the Atlantic Technology Centre, CPKN is the leading not-for-profit provider of e-learning for the Canadian law enforcement community. CPKN works directly with police services and training institutions from across the country to develop effective, relevant, and economical e-learning training options for police. Since the launch of CPKN’s online learning portal in October 2004, thousands of police officers across Canada have used CPKN courses to enhance their knowledge and re-certify essential skills for effective enforcement.
For more information, please visit the CPKN website at www.cpkn.ca.
All programs at the Atlantic Police Academy are reviewed on a regular basis in order to ensure their relevance to the law enforcement profession. The changing environment of Canadian communities and new law enforcement methods and technologies are constantly monitored and assessed. Employers, administrators, supervisors, graduates and other interested stakeholders from government and the community participate in the formal review process of all of the Academy’s programs.
For students in Atlantic Police Academy programs that do not have a mandatory residency stipulation, Holland College’s Student Services Department provides information to help students find suitable accommodations in the local community. The Summerside Area Accommodations List includes houses, rooms with kitchen privileges, homes offering room and board, and listings for individuals seeking roommates. Students who want to stay closer to the academy can contact Slemon Park Corporation at (902) 423-1780. Visit the Off Site Accommodations page.