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Protection, Security and Investigation

Available as a two-year program

There has been such rapid growth in the fields of public and private safety that industry training can’t keep up with the demand for qualified professionals. Extensive hands-on training will prepare you for a wide range of careers in security, enforcement, investigations, inspection, risk assessment and emergency planning.

If you are a domestic full-time student who applies to Loyalist College for a January start program, is accepted, and confirms their offer of admission by December 15, 2021, your name will automatically be entered into a draw to win your tuition, a laptop, and other great prizes that are all part of The Ultimate Student Giveaway.

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This program will be delivered in-person for the Winter semester. For more information, please visit our Winter 2022 Program Delivery page.

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September and January entry

Find your career

Your diploma in 'PSI' will prepare you for a variety of careers with:

  • The private or public law enforcement sectors as a special constable.
  • The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario as inspector, municipal by-law enforcement officer, private investigator, fraud/risk analyst, nuclear security officer or emergency planner.
  • The Military Police, governments, hospitals, universities, casinos, transit authorities, private security and investigation firms.
  • Provincial and federal corrections agencies, Canada Border Services, police services and the RCMP.
  • The mandatory Ministry of the Solicitor General 40-hour Security Guard training and 50-hour Private Investigator training are included in the program curriculum. This training is required to become a licensed Security Guard and/or Private Investigator in the province of Ontario.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Inspector, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • Security Guard, Shorelines Casino Belleville
  • Security Guard, CN Tower, Toronto
  • Security Guard, Kingston General Hospital
  • Security Guard, Belleville General Hospital
  • Special Constable, Ottawa Carleton Transportation
  • Special Constable, University of Toronto
  • Private Investigator, Xpera
  • Military Police Officer, Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, City of Belleville
  • Municipal Law Enforcement Officer, City of Ottawa
  • Brinks Armoured Transportation

Is it for you?

Have you got what it takes? People who thrive in Protection, Security and Investigations have:

  • An excellent eye for detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • An interest in the latest gadgets
  • A positive attitude and a good work ethic

Experiential learning

Protection, security and investigation (PSI) is all about being prepared – learning how to deal with any situation and then practising these scenarios so you’re ready to face them in the real world:

  • Two four-week on-the-job placements, which can be completed locally or from coast to coast. The program coordinator organizes placements.
  • Receive hands-on training in surveillance, arrest and restraint techniques, managing conflict, emergency planning and incident response to serious situations.
  • Conduct your own crime scene investigation, gathering evidence, conducting interviews, taking statements, and sharpening your skills in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Prepare to secure the job you want with panel interviews, résumé writing, portfolio development and justice job testing.
  • Participate in field trips that allow you to network with industry professionals and leaders as well as gain experience with the latest security technology on the market.

Some of our recent on-the-job placements include:

  • Canadian Forces Bases, from Comox, B.C. to Gagetown, N.B.
  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • By-law enforcement, City of Ottawa and City of Belleville
  • University of Toronto special constable
  • Darlington nuclear facility
  • Military police
  • Interac fraud analysis
  • CN Tower Security
  • Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigation (private investigator)
  • Security and emergency services, Trent University and Queen's University
  • Chelsea Hotel investigation, Toronto
  • Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn in small classes with dedicated faculty who care about your future success.
  • Program coordinators and teachers have extensive security experience, ranging from supervising university campus security to managing police and security with the military police worldwide, and working as a bodyguard for such dignitaries as the Governor General and Minister of National Defence.
  • The program is continually updated to reflect changing trends with the input of professionals working in the field.

Multiply your options in justice studies

During a common first year in justice studies, you’ll get a solid grounding in Canada’s social and political structures, the justice system and human behaviour. With this foundation, you can pursue many different career paths, with the flexibility to transfer directly into the second year of:

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