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Police in training coming to campus

Memorial University began offering a new diploma program in police studies in the fall of 2004 at its St. John’s campus. The new program, approved May 11 by Memorial’s Senate, replaces the university’s BA in police studies. Earlier in the year, the government announced that it would, over three years, train 75 new officers for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). The new program allows them to be trained here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Previously, RNC cadets were trained at Holland College in Prince Edward Island.

The university decided to locate the program in St. John’s after an internal study was carried out with input from academics and other experts on the St. John’s and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campuses. The study was done by Dr. Michael Collins, associate vice-president (academic).

“It’s clear that the St. John’s area would be the best site for the training of these recruits from an academic, experiential and cost point of view,” Dr. Collins explained. “Most of the courses required for the academic component of the diploma are currently available at the St. John’s campus. Student recruits can enroll in many regular classes so that they are in continuous contact with regular members of the public and not segregated into separate classes.

“The RNC’s Training Division is also located in St. John’s which will make for easy contact between the RNC and their recruits. The field placement component of the diploma would be co-ordinated by the Cooperative Education Services Centre here in St. John’s and there is no similar centre at Grenfell. To offer the required courses at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College would entail spending at least an additional $100,000.”

Officials at both Memorial University and The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) are pleased with the new program.

The Faculty of Arts spent the summer drawing up a plan of operation for delivery of the courses relating to the diploma. Admission to the diploma will be limited to candidates who have been accepted by the RNC as recruit cadets and who meet Memorial’s admission criteria.


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