ASSINIBOINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH ST. THERESA POINT TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR POLICING CAREERS
– – – Graduates Could Apply to RCMP, Community Police Services, Corrections or Security: Swan
Assiniboine Community College (ACC) is partnering with the St. Theresa Point First Nation to deliver a police studies certificate program that will prepare graduates for police services in rural and First Nations communities, the Honourable Andrew Swan, Manitoba Justice Minister, announced today.
“This training will prepare recruits to apply with community police forces or the RCMP,” said Minister Swan. “These graduates will have a solid grounding in policing and will understand the needs of the communities they will be serving.”
The program can accept up to 25 students. The first class, consisting of 20 students from the First Nations communities of St. Theresa Point, Garden Hill and Wasagamack, began the 33-week training course at St. Theresa Point on June 11.
The project is supported by the Province of Manitoba, through the Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade ($232,595), and the Government of Canada, through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada ($97,246).
“Graduates of ACC’s police studies certificate program will be able to apply to complete further training to enter the RCMP or local police forces, or pursue other career options in the justice, security or corrections services fields,” said Mark Frison, president and CEO of ACC. “Our staff has been working together with the chief and council from St. Theresa Point for more than a year to bring this program together. We’d like to thank the federal and provincial governments for supporting the project, our RCMP partners and the communities for making it happen.”
“We are pleased to partner with the Province of Manitoba, the RCMP and First Nations on this innovative project,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “Our government is committed to providing First Nations students with an education that will create opportunities for them to participate fully in Canada's social, cultural and economic life.”
ACC worked closely with the RCMP in development of this project. Students will take courses including, but not limited to, community-based policing, the criminal code, criminal justice system, cross-cultural communications, investigational techniques, major crimes investigations, provincial statutes and physical training. The students will spend one week at the National RCMP training academy in Regina receiving RCMP training.
ACC’s police studies certificate program is recognized by Manitoba Justice as the academic component of police recruit training for the Brandon Police Service. In recent years, ACC has worked with St. Theresa Point First Nation to teach other programs including practical nursing and early childhood education.
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The Province of Manitoba is distributing this release on behalf of the governments of Canada and Manitoba, Assiniboine Community College and St. Theresa Point First Nation.