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Law and Security

Law and Security

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

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Start Date:
1 Year
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Gain 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
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

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.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • You must be 19 years of age prior to going on work placement.

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.
  • 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 officers, 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.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are 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 defence 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   Defence Tactics I
PROS 1020   Work Experience
PROS 1100   Fundamentals of Law and Security
PROS 1101   Interviews and Investigations Techniques
PROS 1104   Physical Security Survey
PROS 1111   Defensive Driving
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   Defence Tactics II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 3010   Fire Safety Training
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology

Additional Graduation Requirements

Canadian Non-Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
Emergency First Responder
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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