Sheriff and Public Safety Officer

Start Date: September
Length: 24 Weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy
Credential: Certificate, Sheriff and Public Safety Officer
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Must be 19 years of age by program start date
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt. Find out more about Criminal Record Checks.
  • Successful completion of a full background check. Please download and complete the Consent to Criminal Record and Background Check form. (This is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Completion of an APA Medical form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Successful completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). 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.
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (must be valid for the duration of the program)
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE)
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window) (required after acceptance)
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
  • 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

Fees for the academic year 2018/2019.

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 7,875
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410
Books $ 500
Lab Fee $ 300
Uniform $ 1,350
Body Armour $ 1,400
Dry Cleaning $ 20
CPKN Courses $ 250
Meals and accommodations $ 5,854
Graduation Fee $ 90
Total $ 18,217
1stinstallment due upon registration $ 14,947
2ndinstallment due December 3, 2018 $ 3,270

Additional requirements/expenses

1 pair black polishable shoes – Military or Police Style

2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button down collars)

1 pair of black dress pants

1 pair quality running shoes

3 pairs black socks

1 black tie – plain, single color/no patterns (clip on preferred)

Towels and personal toiletry articles varies
1 alarm clock or clock radio $20
1 mouth guard piece varies

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

Program Overview

Learn the skills required to be successful in many different law enforcement and security related careers. You will receive practical driving training, firearms training, learn the national use of force framework and hand on control tactics, as well as receive communications and mental health training. You will undergo on the job training at a law enforcement facility in Atlantic Canada.

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 them the fundamental skills needed to further pursue careers in policing or corrections.

Sheriff and Public Safety Officer cadets are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.

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