After selection for Police Academy training, the applicant is sworn in by a Judge, Justice of the Peace or the Chief Constable, as a Probationary Municipal Constable.
To become a Certified Municipal Constable the Probationary Constable must take intensive training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia Police Academy and successfully complete an 18 month evaluation with their police department.
Police recruit training is broken down into a three block process and includes Investigation and Patrol, Legal Studies, Traffic Studies, Social Sciences and an extensive Physical Skills Training Program. The Recruit training is conducted at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Police Academy, located at 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC.
New recruits are required to provide their own laptop computer and memory stick when participating in Block I and Block III Police Academy training at the Justice Institute.
These laptops must have the following capabilities:
- Open a web browser
- Run Java and Adobe Flash Player
- Produce a Word document
- Provide access to emails
- Accept a memory stick.
Recruits will be accessing the web and reading documents, so consideration should be given to the size of the computer screen as well as using a mouse for easy movement of the cursor.
Twelve weeks of training with emphasis on legal studies and police skills, with an introduction to the social sciences as they relate to police work.
Twelve weeks of practical training, working under the guidance and with the continuous assistance of a seasoned, specially trained First Class Constable. A Field Trainer Evaluation Report is completed by the Senior Field Trainer on each candidate assigned to them.
Nine weeks of academic training at the BC Police Academy. Recruits are upgraded in general police skills with a concentration on the social dimensions of police work.
Upon the successful completion of Block III, recruits become Qualified Municipal Constables in the Province of British Columbia.
This is followed by a period of 18 months where the Recruit is placed in a practical field setting, working as an operational member. The member’s performance is evaluated over the next 18 months and at successful completion, the member attains their Certified Municipal Constable status in the Province of British Columbia.
New Post-Employment Recruitment Model
The Provincial Treasury Board and the Ministry of the Solicitor General have decided that recruits are responsible for payment of tuition fees, as set by the JIBC Board and the Police Academy, to attend the JIBC Police Academy for Blocks I and III of recruit training.
The BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police has agreed that the post employment model is the most appropriate in the circumstances, where recruits receive training after an employment offer has been made.
The Police Academy will invoice recruits, in advance and as a prerequisite for attendance, for both Blocks I and III.
Should a candidate be unsuccessful in Block I (or II), the Police Academy may provide a partial refund for Block III. However, it is important to note that policy regulations regarding refunds are the sole responsibility of the JIBC Board and the Police Academy.
There may be a variety of options for payment of the tuition fees (including student loans through government or a financial institution).
Because the JIBC is an accredited post secondary educational institution in the province, student tuition fees are eligible as tax credits.