About Wilfrid Laurier University

About Wilfrid Laurier University's Online Policing Program
About Wilfrid Laurier University's Online Policing Program

Scholars and intellectuals have recognized Wilfrid Laurier University for its dedication to academic excellence for more than a century. Laurier also is dedicated to the philosophy that grades are not the only measure of a student’s success – the benchmarks of success are the quality of lives its students lead and the people they inspire.

Wilfrid Laurier University offers online classes that help candidates earn a Bachelor of Arts in Policing. Because classes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, online classes help busy police officers develop critical thinking and analytical skills and earn a degree. Coursework gives police officers the skills they need to evaluate and apply different perspectives to situations. The skills help officers operate in a society that increasingly scrutinizes and challenges police actions.

Online learning is an important part of today’s education in policing, but it is only one part of the equation. The hallmark of the Laurier Policing experience is putting knowledge to work in the real world. The program encourages students to apply what they learn in the classroom to their everyday jobs, and then bring that real-world experience back to the classroom. This tradition of bringing the real world back into the classroom forms a foundation that students continue long after they graduate.

Wilfrid Laurier University earned a strong reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education through innovating teaching methods but is now enjoying recognition for their contributions to the field of criminal justice. The faculty at Laurier is well-regarded for their research in policing, including investigations into intelligence-led policing, community policing and mobilization, police response to mental health crises, and the training of female police officers. Many consider Laurier to be a Canadian leader in police studies.

Laurier recognizes intellectual inquiry and scholarly integrity by providing a wide variety of undergraduate and advanced degree programs that prepare students to work in policing careers.

Laurier Values

Laurier sets high core values for itself, which sets it apart from other educationalinstitutions. Core values include community, encouraging creativity and innovation, and developing students as well-rounded members of the community. Honesty, integrity, curiosity and critical thinking are at the core of the Laurier philosophy.

The values of Laurier include:

●     An intimate community environment

●     Institutional and academic tradition

●     Integrated communities of learning and application

●     Diversity and inclusivity

●     Development of the whole person

●     Community focus with global engagement

●     Lives of purpose, community and citizenship

●     Learning through real-world experience

Wilfrid Laurier University is dedicated to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity. Faculty members challenge students to engage with an increasingly complex world. The university fulfills its mission through the advancement of knowledge, the support and enhancement of quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, and emphasizes the development of the whole student.

The faculty and staff of Laurier are committed to justice and sustainability, today and in the future. To fulfill this commitment, they work to ignite the minds of students and inspire their imaginations for what is possible, in policing and other fields, in the future. Our educational professionals dedicate their careers to teaching and learning, discovery, scholarly exploration, and the applications of new ideas to solve old problems. Finally, every member of the Laurier educational team works to instill in every student the courage to engage and challenge the world.