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Media Release
Release Date: November 9, 2015

Camosun College

Students on Vancouver Island looking to make a difference in a justice and public safety career can now complete an applied law enforcement degree in Victoria.

Beginning in September 2016, graduates of Camosun's Criminal Justice Diploma and JIBC's Law Enforcement Studies Diploma will have the opportunity to complete JIBC's Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) at Camosun's Lansdowne Campus in Victoria.

This new educational opportunity is one of the latest collaborations between Camosun and JIBC based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed between both institutions earlier this year.

Applications are currently being accepted through JIBC for classes starting in September 2016. Students have the option to complete the program at Camosun, at JIBC's New Westminster Campus, or at Okanagan College's Penticton Campus. Diploma graduates from other institutions in a relevant field such as criminology or criminal justice are also able to apply.

"We are very excited to expand regional access to the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies program and offer it on Vancouver Island in partnership with Camosun College," said Mike Trump, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security at JIBC. "We are confident that the applied education taught in the program by experienced instructors and seasoned professionals in law enforcement and public safety will provide the skills and experience needed by the next generation of public safety professionals."

"This degree program is an excellent opportunity for young people to gain the skills they need to be sought-after candidates in the highly competitive recruitment process for many public safety careers," said Shaun Machesney, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies Program. "In addition to gaining an applied education in various leadership, management and business skills, students will learn about essential law enforcement subjects such as techniques on how to conduct investigations and collect forensic evidence, intelligence analysis, restorative justice, young offenders, crisis intervention and much, much more."

"At Camosun, this partnership agreement provides more opportunities for our students to deepen their knowledge with enhanced qualifications in order to serve our local community and elsewhere," said Dominic Bergeron, Dean of the School of Arts and Science. "This is a logical next step for graduates of our diploma program in Criminal Justice. The pathway to the BLES degree program has been in development for some time and we are so pleased to see it launched in the next academic year."

For Robyn Walden, one of the students in the BLES program in New Westminster, the insight she's gained from the program has broadened her perspective about serving the community.

"The education I've received so far has already helped me in my life on so many levels. In particular, I find that continuing my education towards the degree program has expanded my horizons about how much I can accomplish," she said. "I have met and connected with students and instructors that have similar interests, and through the program, I have expanded and refined my skills that will help me serve my community."

"This is an incredible opportunity for me to take my education to the next level," said Eden Johner, a current Camosun College Criminal Justice program student. "The doors that the BLES degree will open are limitless. I'm excited to discover the career opportunities available to me when I graduate."

For more information, or to apply for the program, visit the BLES program website or send an email to


Liz Verhoeve
Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Jonathan Ruhl
Marketing and Communications
Camosun College 

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.

About Camosun College

From accountants to law enforcement officers, nurses to welders and engineering technologists, Camosun College helps transform lives to build a better future. Located in beautiful Victoria, BC, Camosun’s Lansdowne and Interurban campuses serve 18,000 learners a year including 1,100 Aboriginal students and 1,500 International students from 60 different countries.  Camosun offers over 150 innovative certificate, diploma and applied bachelor degree programs in the areas of arts and sciences, business, health and human services, trades, technologies, sport education, Aboriginal education and adult upgrading.  Camosun’s impact extends well beyond its highly skilled, job-ready graduates. The college is a key economic driver in the region providing contract training opportunities for local business; applied research, innovation and prototyping services for industry; and well-trained co-op students for employers. With 1,000 employees and a budget of $115 million, Camosun is one of Victoria’s top employers generating close to $1 billion in economic benefits in the province every year.

Last updated: November 12, 2015 11:16 am

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