Laurier Online students come from all around the country, with different backgrounds, but they share the same goal: getting a high-quality education with an established curriculum, taught by faculty who have worked in the field. Learn more from some of the students who have invested in their future.

BA in Criminology and Policing

  • Jeff Brooks

    Master of Public Safety student

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  • Kelly Jenic, BA in Criminology and Policing Student

    Kelly Jenic

    BA in Criminology and Policing student

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  • Lianne Anita Comeau, Honours BA in Criminology and Policing Student

    Lianne Anita Comeau

    BA in Criminology and Policing student

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  • Halima Hussein, Honours BA in Criminology and Policing Student

    Halima Hussein

    BA in Criminology and Policing student

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  • Colin Jessome, Honours BA in Criminology and Policing Student

    Colin Jessome

    BA in Criminology and Policing Student

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  • Chloe Van der Kamp, Honours BA in Criminology and Policing Student

    Chloe Van der Kamp

    BA in Criminology and Policing Student

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Danielle Kristen Ricci - Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing

 

Online Criminology Degree TestimonialMy professors and advisors have been vital for my success in this program thus far. My professors have been very responsive to questions about content and solutions to scheduling conflicts, understanding that most online students have competing commitments like full time work and family.

Jane Janssen - Combined Honours BA in Criminology and Policing

I saw the Honours BA course last summer and decided to do it and a wonderful surprise was that I could receive a seniors’ exemption for tuition since I was 64. It has been an amazing journey and so much to learn. What I hope to achieve after my studies is perhaps become a Justice of the Peace for my community.

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What makes studying online at Wilfrid Laurier University special?

Studying online at Wilfrid Laurier has been great. I can access the course when it is convenient for me, I have been able to interact with my peers through virtual study groups and group chats, and I find the content engaging - especially since I came to Laurier as a mature student, in my thirties.

How has your program prepared you for your next steps (career or personal plans)?

My program has given me the opportunity to learn the theories behind some of the practices in Policing and Criminology, and learn about the experiences and views of my peers. This will give me more knowledge and understanding of others as a current volunteer in my community and as I pursue a career in policing.

How have your professors and advisors interacted with you to ensure your success in this program?

My professors and advisors have been vital for my success in this program thus far. My professors have been very responsive to questions about content and solutions to scheduling conflicts, understanding that most online students have competing commitments like full time work and family. My advisors have provided guidance on courses and have maintained regular contact to ensure I am successful in my academic endeavors.

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Read Anderson's Full Interview

Prior to College, I did three years of University and left because it was not something I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. After being a police officer for 9 years I decided that I wanted to finish what I started and complete my degree. I chose this program because it was related to my career. I personally found the admission process easy as it was laid out in a simple step-by-step manner.

If I had any issues, the enrolment advisor from Wilfred Laurier was always available and willing to assist. Once my application was accepted my student advisor was in constant contact, checking up on my progress. I have always wanted to complete my degree and set a positive example for my daughter. However, this degree exposed me to different perspectives and gave me a better understanding of policing through a broader lens.

I chose Wilfred Laurier because the program was offered exclusively online. This medium provided me with the flexibility I needed to balance school, family, and work. It gave me the ability to do my schoolwork anywhere at anytime. The medium is very accommodating for anyone.

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Anderson McDonald - Honours BA in Policing

Online Policing Degree TestimonialI chose Wilfrid Laurier because the program was offered exclusively online. This medium provided me with the flexibility I needed to balance school, family, and work. It gave me the ability to do my schoolwork anywhere at anytime. The medium is very accommodating for anyone.

Kostas Pschalis - Honours BA in Policing

Online Policing Degree TestimonialI chose Laurier simply because of the good reputation they have and the structure of the program. It was very flexible and catered to students in my situation who work shift work and often have families.

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What made you take the next step to pursue your education?

I decided to pursue the next step in my career because it had always been my goal to get my degree. When I looked into this program, the courses and the structure, I realized that now was the time. I had the support of my service as well as my family as I knew this would require some juggling.

What was the admissions process like? (detailed step by step explanation)

The admission process was seamless. My service (HR) was very helpful and putting together documents that were required by Laruier such as length of career and courses. I was able to submit that directly to Laurier along with previous transcripts and from there the process was very quick and efficient. I also had to get approval from my service through the chain of command which involved a document outlining the length of course, cost and its relativity to policing but with a BA in "Policing" it was impossible for them to deny!

What did your enrolment advisor help you with throughout the admissions process?

My enrollment advisor assisted along the way with detailed explanations about what would be required and by when, in order to be ready for the next term session. They were available over the phone as well as electronically any time I had a question.

What were you looking to get out of your degree?

Firstly, I was looking to get a degree as it was a life goal in order to better myself as well as sharpen my skills and knowledge to make me a better police officer. I found the courses very relevant to my current work as well as up to date with current events and climates in general. There were many topics covered that only after completing them, did I realize how little I actually knew. I was looking to make new contacts and engage in discussion with other fellow colleagues from all over Canada. Also, I was looking for a challenge.

Why did you choose Wilfrid Laurier University?

I chose Laurier simply because of the good reputation they have and the structure of the program. It was very flexible and catered to students in my situation who work shift work and often have families. Despite following the recommended structure, it was easy to go at your own pace if need be or take breaks along the way when life got too hectic. I was also appropriately advised about the demands of the course which I found to be very accurate.

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Karen Borne - Master of Public Safety

My current role relates to risk management in the fire services, and I discovered that all my courses completed to date, are integrated in my professional role. I have utilized parts of all of the courses in my day to day role, including statistics and research. The broader view this program has provided has allowed me to appreciate the roles and responsibilities of a senior officer.

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The online program is ideal and specifically suited for those who are currently employed in first responder roles. The layout of the course allows you to pre-plan assignments and readings, and as the classroom is always open, posting discussions and assignments can occur at any time. I received my Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management this year, and I am currently working towards my Masters. Convenience is key for myself. As courses run through the entire year, one can continue whether working or on vacation. Last year I posted an assignment and discussion post from France. As a working professional, online is the only option to continue my studies as shift work and life’s responsibilities would not allow myself to enter school as a full-time student.

My current role relates to risk management in the fire services, and I discovered that all my courses completed to date, are integrated in my professional role. I have utilized parts of all of courses in my day to day role, including statistics and research. The broader view this program has provided has allowed me to appreciate the roles and responsibilities of a senior officer. At this level in my career, continuing education is not an option, to be able to participate in critical decision making one must further their skill set and the online option Laurier has created fits my schedule, but also is providing relevant, real life relevance to my career.

There is no proper way to explain how dedicated the professors are. Although this form of learning is different, I have always had interaction with my professors through email and discussion posts. Zoom meetings have occurred for clarification, and true to this style of learning, professors are flexible because they are aware, not everyone works a regular shift. But it is just not the professors, there is an entire team of advisors working behind the scenes to keep you on track, calling and sending reminders when enrollment and other tasks are required, and solving any issues that occur along the way. Without these advisors, I would not have made it this far.

This program is challenging, and requires dedication of time each week to complete the modules. The outcome of this program for myself will be obtaining my Masters, but it has also provided practical skills, critical thinking and confidence to challenge myself and strive forward in my career.

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Nathaniel Smith - Master of Public Safety

WLU online program advisors are amazing! Even though I was a ‘virtual’ student I felt connected to WLU through their calls and emails. During the program, they would check-in to see how each course was going and asked if there were any additional support required.

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What makes studying online at Wilfrid Laurier University special?

I was very excited to have been accepted into Wilfrid Laurier University’s online Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management. This program is my opportunity to personally grow, as well as expand my leadership and emergency management skills. Completing the graduate diploma will establish me to apply for Laurier’s Masters in Public Safety.

How has your program prepared you in your current role?

My knowledge has expanded to include an enhanced understanding in leadership, public safety, emergency planning, and interagency collaboration. I was exposed to current best practices in designing solutions to the potential challenges, constraints, and barriers affecting integrated emergency planning and preparedness.

How have your professors and advisors interacted with you to ensure your success in this program?

The online content and course materials are current and relevant. The syllabus provided prepares the student for the expectations of the course. With the program being online, students should be prepared to complete thoughtful discussion topics that will foster engagement with fellow students. There is a lot of work in completing an online program and it is important to allocate hours in the week to be able to immerse yourself in the online discussions and assigned readings.

WLU online program advisors are amazing! Even though I was a ‘virtual’ student I felt connected to WLU through their calls and emails. They were available throughout the application process ready to answer any questions. During the program, they would check-in to see how each course was going and asked if there were any additional supports required.

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Read Janes' Full Interview

What do I think makes studying online at WLU special? First of all, there is a lovely lady named Lorna who is my Student Success Advisor and she is the best at guiding me through all of the information, processes, helping me pick the courses that are the most use to me to reach my goal – Honours BA in Policing and Criminology. She is also great to talk to and have a few laughs. She keeps in constant contact and is really helpful in keeping me balanced.

Learning to study online with the Brightspace format was not as daunting as it could have been since I had used it in the past. What was challenging was getting the online texts (I much prefer printed texts), organizing the lessons and all of the assignments, tests, and papers.

Next…why did I take this course? I grew up with very little self-confidence. I felt very awkward, inadequate, and stupid. My older sister and brother were much better in school and I struggled. Being overweight didn’t help as it invited a lot of teasing and ridicule. My mother, I believe, resented me because in the 1950s if a woman was pregnant, she had to leave her job. She couldn’t go back to work until I was in school. I was much closer to my Dad. I bounced around in life eventually getting married and having two beautiful boys.

In the 1980s, I started to find some confidence in myself and what I could do. I left a good paying job to study towards my RN diploma which I achieved in 1994. That was the start. Nursing requires life-long education and I became a nurse specialist in skin, sound, and ostomy care. I had a very rewarding career in nursing and retired in 2016.

Arthritis in my hands and wrists ended my cashier job at the Simcoe Walmart (which I loved). I saw an ad for the Honours BA course last summer and decided to do it and a wonderful surprise was that I could receive a seniors’ exemption for tuition since I was 64. It has been an amazing journey and so much to learn.

The course that really touched me was the Intercultural Communications in Policing taught by Nadine Legros. It really opened my eyes to the racial inequality that exists all around the world and especially in Canada. I had no idea about the Sixties Scoop nor the full extent of the impact of the Residential schools on our Indigenous peoples. It was not taught in the school system when I was growing up – it is an embarrassment to Canada’s reputation as tolerant, multicultural society. My better understanding of their plight has led to deep empathy for their struggles.

What I hope to achieve after my studies is perhaps become a Justice of the Peace for my community. Marrying couples would be amazing and signing search and arrest warrants would be very interesting and challenging. I hope also that I may be able to in any way help the indigenous peoples to receive the respect and justice they deserve and achieve equality with the dominant white society without compromising their traditions and beliefs.

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