Police Studies

Police Studies Extension Certificate


This program offers you theoretical and practical skills that will prepare you for diverse SSDATA_CE_PStudiesPhotocareer options in the justice field. The content emphasizes skill development, essential attitudes and personal qualities that you can apply to your career. Topics range from the history of the Canadian justice system to the changing social trends in policing.

Earn credit towards a degree/diploma

This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Community and Health at cehealth@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6867

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  • Study emerging trends and issues in Canadian Policing
  • Gain theory and practical knowledge about the justice and policing fields
  • Learn valuable strategies to enhance your new or emerging career
  • Understand the history behind the Canadian Criminal Justice System

Textbook required per course: visit the Cougars Campus Store and search by Term and Department (XJUS).

  • Complete the 6 required courses (288 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years
Required Courses

(May – June)

(Sept. – Dec.)

(Jan. – April)

Canadian Criminal Justice Systems  
Interpersonal Relationship Skills  
Human Diversity in Justice  
Criminology Concepts  • 
Trends and Issues in Policing  
Canadian Criminal Law  • 
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. This schedule repeats each academic year.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Canadian Criminal Justice Systems
The justice system in Canada is a fascinating and sometimes confusing mixture of competing interests. Everyone associated with this system needs to be aware of the various components and how they operate. Explore the major components of the Canadian justice system and the roles of legislative bodies, courts, law enforcement, corrections and aftercare services in the community.

Subject code: XJUS 1000148 Hours. Fee: $609 
CRN 30118OnlineJan. 13 - April 3

Interpersonal Relationship Skills
Gain insight into criminal behaviour by exploring human needs and relationships. Offender populations bring with them a wide range of emotional needs and justice personnel need to develop effective approaches to dealing with all kinds of people. The focus of this course is on normal human behaviour and an appreciation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Subject code: XJUS 1000248 Hours. Fee: $609Not offered this semester

Human Diversity in Justice
Explore issues of diversity and justice within Canadian society and assess the workings of the Canadian criminal justice system in relation to minorities. Diversity in ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age and social class has affected access to justice throughout Canadian history. Develop an in-depth appreciation of the link between minority group status and justice.

Subject code: XJUS 1000448 Hours. Fee: $609 
CRN 30147OnlineJan. 13 - April 3

Trends and Issues in Policing
Delve into the issues pertaining to law enforcement in a modern democratic society. Examine the relationship between policing and other aspects of the criminal justice system and assess the basic assumptions informing current policing trends in Canada and internationally. Topics include police-citizen conflict, occupational subculture, crime prevention, and the interface between police and other justice agencies.

Subject code: XJUS 1000548 hours. Fee: $609Not offered this semester

Criminology Concepts
Be introduced to the major theoretical concepts in criminology through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime, criminals and criminality. Become familiar with the jargon and terms used in criminology, as well as the historical factors leading to the development of current criminological theories.

Subject code: XJUS 1000348 hours. Fee: $609Not offered this semester

Canadian Criminal Law
Review the historical and philosophical perspective of the nature, aims and scope of criminal law in Canada. Develop oral and written communication skills to facilitate legal problem solving, including rudimentary skills in adversarial advocacy, and acquire skills in legal research, case briefing, precedent application and statutory interpretation using a teamwork approach.

Subject code: XJUS 1000648 Hours. Fee: $609Not offered this semester


Ideal for current justice studies students as well as professionals working in the justice field. This course is not part of the Police Studies Extension Certificate, but does transfer to the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree (see the Earn Credit Toward a Degree/Diploma note above).

Crime and Intelligence Analysis: Bridging the Gap
This course describes the various types of analysis including tactical, strategic and intelligence; the process of crime and intelligence analysis; and the role of the analyst in law enforcement. Topics covered include: analyzing crime data, forecasting future criminal occurrences, tracking crime patterns and series, monitoring crime trends, preparing statistical crime reports and managing the analysis function.

Subject code: XJUS 1001145 Hours.Call for more information

Doug King, BA, MACE Bio - Police Studies - King
Doug King is a Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at Mount Royal University. Prior to coming to MRU in 1997, he taught in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University College of the Fraser Valley for several years.

Before his career as a teacher, Doug worked as a research and planning analyst for the Calgary Police Service (CPS) for eight years. In his time with CPS, Doug completed approximately 75 research projects; dealing with such topics as the strategic planning within the service, the impact of shift-work on officer productivity, officer morale, traffic safety, an evaluation of zone policing and civilianization within the service.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Master of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Regina. As well, he was a doctoral student at Columbia University in New York.

As Chair of the Department of Justice Studies from 2001 to 2008, Doug spearheaded the development and launch of the Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice degree at Mount Royal University. He returned to the department chair position in 2010 through August, 2011. Doug teaches courses in Diversity and Justice, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Criminological Theory, and Police Trends and Issues.

Doug is especially interested in law enforcement issues having helped launch the Police Studies Extension Certificate and the Human Justice Extension Certificate at Mount Royal.

Media outlets in Calgary and across Canada regularly rely on Doug for commentary on police and crime related events. At last count, Doug has given over 175 published media interviews since 2007.

Doug was awarded two Mount Royal University 2011 Distinguished Faculty Awards ("credit" and "credit free"). He received the same award in 2005 and was also nominated for the award in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Doug published a new textbook entitled Diversity, Inequality and Canadian Justice with his colleague John Winterdyk. He is currently completing on a text on Canadian Charter Rights and Justice and hopes to have it in print by May 2016. Doug was awarded the academic rank of Full Professor in December 2012.

Tracey Lowey, BA, M.Sc.CE Bio - Police Studies - Lowy
Tracey Lowey began her career as an Instructor in the Department of Justice Studies at Mount Royal University in 1999. She was also an instructor in the Forensic Studies Program from 2000 to 2013, teaching Crime Scene Analysis and History, Risk Populations and Issues.

In June 2012 she wrote a Crime and Intelligence Analysis course for Mount Royal University and is currently the lead instructor. Tracy is also the Acting Coordinator for the Department of Criminal Justice at Athabasca University, having been with Athabasca University since 2000.

Tracey started with the Calgary Police Service in 1997. She has worked as a District Crime Analyst, Serious Habitual Offender Program (SHOP) Analyst and in December 2002 was seconded to Operation Synergy (a gang-related homicide investigation). In December 2003 she moved to the Drug Unit and in March 2005 was seconded the Targeted Enforcement Unit. Tracey was an Analyst in the Targeted Enforcement Unit from March 2005 to January 2012 at which time she moved to the Major Crimes Section Homicide Unit.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Master of Science from Minot State University with a major in Criminal Justice. Over the past 18 years she has been trained in crime and intelligence analysis and criminal profiling and has participated in a variety of conferences in Canada and the United States, including seminars presented by the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit. 

D. Scharie Tavcer, BA, MA, PhD ce_bio_justice_scharie

Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer joined Mount Royal University in 2004 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies. Dr. Tavcer believes in teaching that has components of experiential learning and/or community service learning. This involves incorporating lived experience into her lectures through guests or off-campus events, and providing students with real world scenarios with real people in real situations.

Dr. Tavcer is the 2019 recipient of the MacEwan University Distinguished Alumni Award.

To learn more about Dr. Tavcer please visit https://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/Arts/Departments/EconomicsJusticePolicyStudies/Faculty/DScharieTavcer.htm

"Excellent instruction. I felt like I was part of the justice field already." - Angela Pasquini

"Fantastic course to take to learn the basic fundamentals of the Canadian criminal justice system. Very informative, educational and interesting." - Naomi Garner

"This course reveals details about criminal justice system that you would never know about unless you worked in the system." - Derek Lam

"Considering a career in the criminal justice field? This course will give you an excellent beginner's understanding or provide all the necessary details to complete your understanding from previous experience. It was fantastic!" - Jason Falkinson, Security Officer, Mount Royal University

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For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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