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Current Course Offerings
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Start Dates: September
Dr. Aruna Gore
The Law Enforcement Preparatory Program prepares individuals for
entrance into law enforcement or public safety careers. The program is designed to assist students in
developing the necessary skills and academic knowledge required to become
police officers with the RCMP. It is
aligned with the RCMP cadet selection requirements and training standards in
order to ensure students success.
Throughout and once the students have completed the program, they will
be encouraged to begin the process to become a police officer with the
RCMP. The graduates from the program
bring language and cultural skills that will continue to enhance the RCMP’s
relationship with Canada’s Aboriginal communities.
This certificate program is offered on full-time basis (5 days/week,
30 hours). Students will engage in Problem Based Learning which focuses on group work, communication skills,
critical thinking, and problem solving. A major emphasis of
this program is active student participation.
Throughout the program, instructors will encourage students to become
increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well
prepared for active participation in the classroom.
The student’s skills are enhanced through scenario training which
includes investigating crime scenes, identifying & seizing evidence,
conducting witness & suspect interviews, completing investigational &
prosecution reports, preparing evidence for a judicial processes, morning
physical training, elder teachings, pipe ceremonies, and community volunteer
guides provide direction of learning in preparation, course activities and
reflection of the content. The
instructor acts as facilitator and expert to promote an environment conducive
for learning through activities such as guided discussion, debate, audio-visual
presentation, group activities, skill building exercises and simulation.
In the final week of the program, students
will travel to the RCMP Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, Saskatchewan. This is an experiential field course where
students will observe law enforcement practices.
Those individuals that want to ensure their entrance into careers of justice, public safety and/or human services.
NVIT works with local
businesses, justice-based organizations, lawyers, and the RCMP detachment in
Merritt to ensure students have access to modern training facilities and
practitioners in the field as instructors.
NVIT works in
partnership with the Surrey School District’s (SD.36) Career Educations
Principal to provide secondary students a head start to explore their law
enforcement career aspirations. NVIT
offers one (1) LEPP course to SD.36 Grade 12 students who are interested in a
law enforcement career. This partnership
allows secondary students to obtain dual credit at their local secondary school
The Justice Institute
of British Columbia (JIBC) and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)
have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to promote cooperative ventures between
the two post-secondary institutions. The
five-year agreement will allow JIBC and NVIT to facilitate a block transfer of
credits from NVIT’s Law Enforcement Preparatory Program into JIBC’s Law
Enforcement Studies Diploma. NVIT LEPP
students with appropriate prerequisite qualifications can ladder from NVIT into
the JIBC Law Enforcement Studies Diploma with 30 Credits of advanced standing.
The LEPP is a one year program designed to equip students with the knowledge which will assist them to:
•Write the RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT) and other entrance exams;
•Apply for entry to law enforcement programs such as: RCMP, Aboriginal Policing, Correction Services, Security Services, Native Court Workers and Counsellors:and
•Continue studies within the vast law enforcement arena.