Memorial University will begin offering a new diploma program
in police studies this fall at its St. John’s campus.
The new program, approved May 11 by Memorial’s Senate,
the university’s highest academic body, 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 will
allow them to be trained here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Previously, RNC cadets were trained at Holland College in Prince
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 enrol 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 will now spend 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