Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
April 29, 2004
Police officers benefit from new part-time university program
Police officers in Ontario can now complete a university degree on a part-time basis through an innovative new program at the University of Guelph-Humber.
The program gives police officers credit for their on-the-job experience and education. Officers complete the program through intensive weekend classes combined with distance learning.
“Increasingly, police officers are called on to have an advanced knowledge of criminology, social policy, management, research methods, and the legal system,” said Ron Stansfield, co-ordinator of the University of Guelph-Humber justice studies program and a former police officer. “This program makes it possible for experienced officers to complete a university degree while continuing to work full time.”
Many officers want to complete a university degree as part of their ongoing professional development, he added. The University of Guelph-Humber consulted widely with the policing profession to design a program that meets the profession’s needs.
Students in the program will attend three concentrated weekends of classes and lectures each semester. Between classes, they will continue their learning through custom-designed distance education.
The first students will begin the program in September 2004. On graduation, they will receive an honours bachelor of applied science degree in justice studies from the University of Guelph.
More information is available on the University of Guelph-Humber web site.
The University of Guelph-Humber is a joint venture of the University of Guelph and the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning that offers full-time and part-time university professional programs. All programs prepare students for careers and for further study at the graduate level. Classes are taught in a new state-of-the-art facility in Toronto.
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