Law & Security

Prepare for a career in security – working as a protection officer in government, private sector security and private policing organizations.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Truro Campus • Truro • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Do you have an interest in law and security? Are you outgoing, self-disciplined and physically fit? Are you eager to expand your communication and interpersonal skills? If so, you already have many of the basic qualities needed to succeed in the Law & Security program.

In this program, you focus on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to protect yourself and others and to conduct investigations. You learn to communicate effectively, handle difficult people and crisis situations, think critically, manage your time successfully and value healthy living and wellness.

To work in this field, you are required to have a Criminal Record Check, have good physical endurance and be prepared to work shift work, as the majority of employment opportunities are with agencies that are 24/7 operations. A conviction on a Criminal Record Check may impact employment opportunities.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"A hands-on program with so many great opportunities."
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    Favourite"The hands-on training we received in tactics."
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    Cool Activity"Our class provided security for two separate events – it gave us even more hands-on training in the field."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
  • You must be 19 years of age prior to going on Work Experience.

Choose NSCC

  • This program exceeds federal and provincial standards for security officers. It is recognized by the Canadian Society for Industrial Security and meets the standards set by the Canadian Standards Board for uniformed security.
  • You acquire the theory as well as the knowledge and the skills demanded on the job. You attend guest lectures and workshops in firearms safety, suicide intervention, critical and stress management, non-violent crisis management and Canadian Safety Council defensive driving.

Employment Opportunities

  • Work as protection officers in government, private sector security, private policing organizations and positions where certification is required.

Our Grads

  • Many graduates are employed as security officers. Others have advanced into policing and law enforcement education. With additional training, some graduates have become fisheries and conservation officers, Canadian Border Services and trainees with municipal or provincial police forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Other Info

  • Successful applicants are required to supply a current medical certificate stating that they are capable of strenuous physical activity.
  • Transportation to field placement is the responsibility of the student.
  • Students enrolled in this program are required to wear a uniform while attending classes and during their work term and appropriate gym attire for fitness and defense tactics courses.
  • Previous experience in security, law enforcement or in other supervisory capacities is considered an asset.
  • Employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and/or Child Abuse register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
CORR 2004   Canadian Criminal Justice
PROS 1002   Interpersonal Communication Skills I
PROS 1004   Defense Tactics I
PROS 1020   Work Experience
PROS 1100   Fundamentals of Law and Security
PROS 1101   Interviews and Investigations Techniques
PROS 1104   Physical Security Survey Course
PROS 1121   Police Powers and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
PROS 1123   Criminal Law and the Criminal Code
PROS 1127   Retail Security
PROS 2002   Interpersonal Communication Skills II
PROS 2004   Defense Tactics II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Critical Incident Stress Management
Defensive Driving
Emergency First Responder
Fire Safety Training
Immunization form Completion
Infectious Disease Control
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C
Suicide Intervention (ASIST)

Next Steps

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