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  • Certificate program
  • Available by classroom delivery; some courses available by distance delivery.
Take this program if you are seeking a career in the criminal justice system or if you wish to enhance your knowledge of the justice and public safety system.

This program provides you with the knowledge base required for a successful career in the criminal justice system. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of various topics as you enter the criminology and human justice field. The program explores a wide range of topics including Indigenous cultures, treatment and intervention strategies, plus policing in the 21st century.

Justice Recruitment Processes (JPSM-1008) is recommended as the last course of study in the Justice and Public Safety Certificate Program.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 including one credit in:
  • Grade 12 English.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 English

Program Outline

You must successfully complete 12 courses to earn a certificate. 

Recommended first courses of study:

  • Criminal Justice Systems (CORR-1002) - C
  • Think, Organize and Communicate (JPSM-1013) - C

Core Courses:

  • Addictions and Violence (JPSM-1004) - C
  • Indigenous Cultures (ABOR-1005) - C
  • Interpersonal Communication 1 (COMM-1170) - C/D
  • Professional Ethics (BUSA-1007) - C
  • Policing in the 21st Century (JPSM-1012) - C
  • Theories of Crime Causation (JPSM-1011) - C
  • Youth Issues in the Justice System (CORR-1005) - C
  • Treatment and Intervention (JPSM-1010) - C
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (SEMR-9078) - C

Recommended Last Course of Study:

  • Justice Recruitment Processes (JPSM-1008) - C


  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • C - Classroom Delivery
  • D - Distance Delivery

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
ABOR-1005Indigenous Cultures
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Understand the major aspects of cultural communication. Study Indigenous cultures, with particular reference to those which exist in Western Canada. A major focus will be placed on helping non-indigenous students understand some of the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. 

BUSA-1007Professional Ethics
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Develop an awareness of the importance of ethical behaviour in the administration of criminal justice and study the ethical standards that would apply in the major areas of criminal justice (i.e. police, the courts and corrections). Note: emphasis will be placed on identifying your own biases and developing strategies for ensuring that you don't allow them to affect your professional judgment.

COMM-1170Interpersonal Communication 1
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Content is focused on human communication experienced in the helping professions. Emphasis is placed upon the student's growth, self-knowledge and behaviour in groups. Instructional methods will include discussions and activities to expand understanding and experience.

CORR-1002Criminal Justice Systems
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Study the development and nature of criminal behaviour, as well as treatment methods used within the Canadian Justice System.  Study early childhood risk factors, followed by such topics as mental disorders, addictions, criminogenic risk factors, the parole system and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Examine how professional counselling and skill-building programs are implemented. Discuss issues surrounding victimization, gender and Indigenous populations. 

CORR-1005Youth Issues in the Justice System
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Participate in a general study of the Canadian juvenile justice system and some of the basic issues involved in the administration of juvenile justice. Review the history and evolution of juvenile justice in Canada (including the JDA and the YOA), some of the causes of delinquency, and selected programs used in juvenile justice to foster rehabilitation.

JPSM-1004Addictions and Violence
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Develop an awareness of dependence on substances and compulsive behaviour such as gambling. Learn about familial and non-familial violence, with reference made to women, Aboriginals and same sex relationships. Discuss current concepts of addiction, effects of drugs, pathological behaviours, common couple violence, patriarchal terrorism, violence in lesbian relationships, multicide and treatment.

JPSM-1008Justice Recruitment Processes
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This course will familiarize you with the recruitment process for employment in police and correctional officer work, as well as civilian opportunities in The Winnipeg Police Service, Provincial Corrections, Federal Corrections, and the RCMP. Through the use of case studies and role play, you will become aware of your skills in problem solving, communication, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and other skills that are assessed in the recruitment process for careers in justice.   

JPSM-1010Treatment and Intervention
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Study the development and nature of criminal behaviour, as well as treatment methods used within the Canadian Justice System. Study early childhood risk factors, followed by such topics as mental disorders, insanity, alcoholism, criminogenic factors, the parole system and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Examine how professional counselling and skill-building programs are implemented.  Discuss issues of groups such as victims, women and Aboriginals.

JPSM-1011Theories of Crime Causation
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Review the historical development of criminology as a scientific discipline and learn the importance of the law in the study of crime and deviant behaviour. Discuss the concept of deviance, the major theories of crime causation and the social implications. Learn to critically examine the social and policy implications for an offender and society in general, based on a variety of theories.

JPSM-1012Policing in the 21st Century
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Explore the history of policing, changes in philosophy, evolution of methods and what capabilities will be required for policing in the future. Study community organization in reference to policing, and solve practical problems based on community scenarios. Learn about the principles and application of restorative justice, for example, mediation, family group conferencing and other positive solution-based methods.

JPSM-1013Think, Organize and Communicate
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Learn to effectively collect, organize and present information. "Did you really see what you thought you saw?" . . . "Did you ask the right question to get the information that you needed?" Participate in a course that is offered in response to the increasing demand in the Justice System for employees who can demonstrate competence in the following communication processes: obtaining accurate information, organizing materials for presentation, writing a professional report and demonstrating clarity in verbal presentations.

SEMR-9078Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (r) Training Program
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The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (R) Program is a safe, non-harmful behaviour management system designed to aid human service professionals in the management of disruptive and assaultive people, even during the most violent moments. It has been developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute, a training organization devoted to training staff in the safe management of potentially violent individuals.

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Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recent Changes

Effective July 1, 2015 Justice Recruitment Processes (JPSM-1008) will be the last course of study in the Justice and Public Safety Certificate Program.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduation Requirements

You must complete your part-time program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply for your certificate. For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Many graduates of the Justice and Public Safety program have found employment with the Winnipeg Police Service, Sheriff's Office, Customs, and federal or provincial correctional facilities.

For detailed information on employment with the Winnipeg Police Service, visit
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