Do you work well as part of a team? Do you have a strong moral character and values? Do you think you’re cut out for policing? Find out in the Criminal Justice – Policing program.


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Everything you need to know to be successful.



A career in public safety is about serving others and working collaboratively with multiple professionals to ensure that we live in safe, healthy and vibrant communities. Public Safety officers, whether they are a Police Officer, Community Peace Officer, Sherriff, or a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer etc., are essential services within our community. If you are interested in making a difference on a daily basis then consider a career in public safety.

In our Criminal Justice – Policing program, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to promote peace, assist victims of crime, protect communities and enforce the law.

For 50 years, we have been preparing students for careers in the public safety field. Our exceptional instructors have a wide range of academic credentials, with many also having relevant experience within the public safety field. Our program will prepare you for a rewarding career. As a student you will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills you develop in numerous simulated environments. You also have the opportunity to enroll in a practicum placement as one of your elective courses.

As an added bonus, all our courses are available through online learning on a full- or part-time basis to suit your lifestyle. You can also choose to complete the program by completing some online courses and some courses on campus. And, should you choose to expand your knowledge of this challenging field, completion of the Criminal Justice – Policing diploma qualifies you for entry into the third year of our Bachelor of Applied Arts – Justice Studies program.

If you’re a change maker, apply to the Criminal Justice – Policing program today!

Career opportunities

You’ll leave our program with a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system and a valuable range of practical skills and abilities. You’ll be ready to do justice with:

  • Emergency Services
  • Federal Enforcement Agencies such as Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services
  • Municipal Police Services
  • Provincial Enforcement Agencies
  • Provincial Police Services
  • Provincial Protection Agencies
  • Security Agencies


Celebrating 50 years of policing

For 50 years, our policing graduates have been ready – ready to jump into action, ready to serve others and ready to make a difference in their communities.

To celebrate this milestone, a scholarship fund has been created to inspire and support the next generation of industry leaders.

Contribute online

Select the 50 years of Policing Education Scholarship or contribute in person by visiting the Advancement office (CE2323). For further information, please contact

Starts In: September and January (on campus and online), May (online only)
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma

  • Lethbridge College
  • Athabasca University
  • University of Calgary
  • Griffith University (Australia)

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom and online)
Learning Environment

All courses In the Criminal Justice  Policing diploma program are available through online learning.

Year 1 Term II
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Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see Approved Electives list).

Year 2 Term I
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Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see Approved Electives list).

Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
Approved Electives
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New students are accepted into the Criminal Justice – Policing program in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms for on-campus and online study. Online learners can also apply for the Summer (May) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Non-academic requirements

Applicants are required to review and acknowledge completion of an online information package relating to the entry/suitability requirements for a career in law enforcement.

Practice-based experience (PBE) requirements

This program has an elective practice-based experience (PBE) component coordinated by the Placement Office. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Applicants are advised they will be required to undergo a criminal record check and complete a comprehensive application package if they intend to enrol in a practicum. The existence of a criminal record will affect practicum placement and future employment prospects.

Find out more about pre-placement requirements for your program.

Medical requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardio-vascular system is suitable to undertake strenuous fitness related exercise. In addition, applicants are advised to undergo eyesight/colour vision testing for compatibility with the requirements of employers.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Upon successful completion of all requirements, students are awarded a diploma in Criminal Justice - Policing.

Note: Employing agencies have additional hiring requirements such as a valid driver’s license, Standard First Aid and CPR. Learners are strongly encouraged to obtain and maintain their credentials in these areas to ensure employment qualifications are met.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,405.00 $1,087.00 $1,250.00
Year 2 $4,025.00 $1,020.00 $600.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $15,205 for Year 1 and $14,328 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

A long history of success

We work closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure our grads meet the needs of the industry.

In one way or another, versions of the programs in the School of Justice Studies have been around for over 50 years. During that time, we’ve worked closely with industry, adjusting and refining our programs to ensure our grads are always able to meet the needs of the industry. And we continue to adapt and respond to new developments today, providing an education that delivers success. Our grads can be found across Canada and the United States, finding their slice of success as police officers, police chiefs, telecommunications operators, superintendents and so much more.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Experience the realism of the job
Experience the realism of the job

If you're going to experience it on the job, why not experience it during your education?

Experience the realism of the job

Crashed cars, stab wounds, victims on the ground, blood and chaos – you’ll experience it all on the job, so why not experience it during your education?

Adding a level of realism to our students’ learning that simply cannot be accomplished in the classroom, we stage a mock disaster every spring. Students have to respond to an unknown situation in real-time, just as they would on the job as first responders, emergency personnel, nurses and members of the media.

Whether they’re facing a car crash, a stabbing or any of the other scenarios our instructors come up with, students have to think on their feet and respond to the situation as they’ve been trained, working cooperatively with others in related professions. It’s an experience that puts everything learned in the classroom to the ultimate test. And it’s an experience students won’t soon forget.

Order in the classroom
Order in the classroom

Simulated spaces on campus prepare you for the tough moments on the job.

Order in the classroom

Despite what movies and TV shows might lead you to believe, a career in justice isn’t all about action. You need to understand the challenging moments of the job: what it’s like to handle evidence, how best to recount your interviews and investigation for a judge, and what it’s like to notify next of kin. Our program teaches all that and more with simulated settings on campus that prepare you for the environments and the scenarios you’ll encounter on the job.

The courtroom

At the end of a winding walk through the Andrews’ wing, there’s a room on campus that most are surprised to find. On one side, it’s a traditional classroom with desks and whiteboards. On the other side? A realistic courtroom complete with wood-paneled walls, a well-worn Bible, leather-lined tables and podiums for the prosecutor and defense. All these furnishings were donated by a Calgary courthouse, providing students with an authentic courtroom.

Here, you’ll be able to experience the roles of lawyer, accused, witness and police officer while an instructor sits as judge. You’ll feel the stress and tension of the courtroom and you’ll get a sense of what real-world justice is really like.

The crisis lab

On the west end of campus, tucked away among the classrooms of the Andrews building and the Technologies and Trades buildings, you’ll find another simulated space. A small apartment furnished with couches, chairs and a TV might be the scene of a drug bust or domestic violence call.

Here, you’ll face professional actors who set the stage for scenarios you’ll deal with on the job. It’s as close to a real-life experience as you can get. And it will feel real, but it’s all part of the training experience.

Video games in college?
Video games in college?

That's right! You’ll learn to make scenario-based decisions with video game-like technology.

Video games in college?

Using video game-like technology, judgment simulators improve your judgment, decision making, communication and observation skills using real-world, real-time scenarios. We’re one of the only post-secondary institutions in western Canada with this type of simulator technology.

The two simulators allow you to experience and respond to nearly 700 different scenarios that range from verbal compliance situations to lethal action outcomes, depending on your program. You could be dealing with an emotionally disturbed individual, a routine traffic stop that reveals a potential poacher, or a highly agitated youth threatening self-harm. The technology is dynamic enough that our instructors can build their own scenarios to meet the individual needs of their courses.

These real-life training scenarios emphasize the importance of improving your knowledge and skills for your chosen career path, giving you immediate feedback that allows you to acknowledge which skills may need a little extra attention. And spending time practicing real-world simulations gives you the tools and knowledge you’ll need to respond to everyday situations that arise once you’re on the job.

A word from the wise

Be the difference in your community

“Remember that change starts with you.”

A student's perspective

“You need to take the leap and come to a place like Lethbridge College.”

It's a career you'll enjoy

“I’m having a lot of fun at what I’m doing.”

There's more than one path in a justice career

“My education has taken me on a lot of different paths that I didn’t really anticipate.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Kayla Whissell

“Coming to Lethbridge College has been such a rewarding experience. The hands-on experience of my classes has helped me develop, grow and prosper as a police officer. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Lethbridge College.”

– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons

Victoria Saville

“I have actually been working as a team lead for Bylaw Services in Fort McMurray, along with three other Lethbridge College graduates! I have been employed with the department for the last seven years, and working in the team lead (supervisor) role since 2008. I have also found that a good portion of the people that I had taken the Criminal Justice Program with are now RCMP members who have been posted in Fort McMurray (it’s a small world for sure).”

– From Spring 2014 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

Top cop: Police chief Tom McKenzie reflects on the value of community, communication and collaboration during his 38-year career

Tom McKenzie’s first day on the job as a Lethbridge Regional Police officer took him downtown on a summer day in 1976 where he was assigned the “important” job of directing traffic during a parade.

Experience the courtroom lab for yourself

Use our virtual tour to get a first-hand look at our classroom-turned-courtroom.