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Vol 39  No 9
Feb. 1, 2007


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Recruits sought for police training
by Leslie Vryenhoek

Shawna Park returned to Memorial and followed her dream of becoming a police officer in 2005. The RNC is recruiting again, and will hold information sessions in February. (Photo by Leslie Vryenhoek)

Interested in exploring a career as a police officer? The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is currently seeking new recruits for its upcoming training program. Preparation for police officers is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, which has a Police Studies Diploma Program that is now in its third year. This joint venture allowed recruits to be fully trained in the province for the first time. It’s the only such arrangement in Canada between a university and a police force.

The diploma program offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum that gives recruits a broad understanding of what they will encounter on the job.

“The program is really geared to the social aspects of policing, and that’s of benefit to the whole community,” explained Anne Morris, sociology professor and co-ordinator of the program. “Before they even start, the officers have an idea of why people get in trouble. It shows the level of commitment of the RNC to having the best-educated candidates.”

Recruits in the program take five courses in each of the fall and winter semesters. These address topics such as the impact of drugs on behaviour, juvenile delinquency and aspects of the justice system.

In addition to their full course load, recruits undergo rigorous physical training. Early morning runs are supplemented with workouts and swimming lessons at the Aquarena so that they can do water rescue. At RNC headquarters, they also learn the use of force and self-defense tactics, and train with equipment such as handcuffs and firearms.

In addition to being of high moral and ethical character and capable of projecting a positive police role model to the community, an applicant must be a graduate of a degree program or have completed university level courses in English (two courses), psychology (two courses) and sociology (one course) by the end of the winter semester, 2007. The selection process involves screening, general aptitude testing, physical fitness testing, selection board interviews, polygraph, visual acuity, medical and psychological assessments, and a background investigation through police/court data banks and other sources.

Successful candidates will be required to enrol in and complete Memorial’s Diploma in Police Studies Program in the 2007-’08 academic year.

From Feb. 5-8, the RNC will hold public information sessions throughout the province, including two at Memorial’s St. John’s campus on Feb. 8. The first, from 6-8 p.m., will be for females interested a career as a police officer, as part of the RNC’s ongoing efforts to achieve gender balance within its ranks. The second, from 8-10 p.m. the same evening, will be for both males and females. Both will be held at the Inco Innovation Centre, Theatre IIC-2001.

On Feb. 7, a session will be held in Corner Brook at the Arts and Science Building, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Room AS328 from 6-8 p.m. There will also be sessions on Feb. 5 in Clarenville and on Feb. 6 in Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Labrador City-Wabush.

Application packages and information on the recruiting process is available on the RNC website at www.gov.nl.ca/rnc.

The closing date for receipt of applications to the RNC is Feb. 23.

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