Belleville, Ontario, September 20, 2013 – Loyalist College is pleased to recognize Belleville Police Service and T.A.S. Communications for their contributions to the Police Foundations program. To encourage student learning through realistic practice sessions, the Belleville Police Service donated unused uniforms to the program for teaching purposes. In addition, T.A.S. Communications donated several new radios.
Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy thanked Belleville Police Service Chief Cory McMullan and T.A.S. Communications General Manager Denise Reynolds who attended the students’ first scenario class on September 19th. “We have a fantastic partnership in our community, for community safety as well as for education in policing. It’s great that you could both be here to see your donations in action. In addition to these items, we are so grateful to the Belleville Police Service for all the work they do with our students and faculty throughout the year.”
“The relationship with the Belleville Police Service and the College has been fantastic,” said Police Chief McMullan. “I’m sure that I will see many of you students in the community and out with our officers in the future.”
During the outdoor class, a few students outfitted as police offers participated in two scenarios related to the Liquor Licence Act. The objective was to empower them to put into practice the theory they are learning in class. Students then analyzed the scenarios and recommended appropriate responses.
“Development of this scenario is consistent with best practices in education,” said Karen Brooks-Cathcart, Dean of Health, Human and Justice Studies. “Simulated activities bring the theoretical learning to life in a safe, supported environment. We are so grateful to Belleville Police Services and TAS Communications for contributing to the realism of this scenario. The uniforms and equipment help students to more fully embrace the roles they play in simulated learning.”
“This experience is really beneficial,” said Police Foundations student Taylor Crawford. “It makes me feel more comfortable going into placement, knowing what can happen, what I’m supposed to do and how I should reply to what people say.”
Loyalist College’s two-year diploma in Police Foundations combines rigorous academic studies with realistic practice scenarios, allowing students to put classroom theory into practice, interpreting and applying the law in a realistic manner. Program faculty have experience at all levels of policing – municipal, provincial and federal – and students gain practical job experience before graduation in two field-related placements. Personal safety and respect for victims are emphasized throughout. Loyalist’s Police Foundations program teaches to the most rigorous standards used in the hiring process, preparing graduates to place among the top tier of applicants in this competitive field.
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