Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Waitlisted for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
NRL
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$4,028.44 per semester*
International:
$9,554.69 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
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Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

LAWS 139
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the ability to recognize and deal with situations that may be encountered in law-enforcement situations. The lab portion will provide students with the techniques that will allow them to complete their duties as peace officers in various types of encounters.

APST 16
Units/ Hours: 40

Fall camp provides a continuous period where students are exposed to many field aspects of natural resources law enforcement. Students will develop an awareness of the skills required and move toward a proficiency which enables them to use these skills under actual conditions.

LAWS 133
Units/ Hours: 75

This course exposes students to the legislation that regulates the recreational use of fish and wildlife resources, both federal and provincial. Legislation studied includes the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and regulations, Fisheries Act and regulations, and the Migratory Birds Convention Act and regulations. Instruction and practical scenario training will be related to field contact techniques.

LAWS 35
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students learn the fundamentals of field forensics such as collection, preserving, marking, and handling of evidence, crime scene preservation, casting and comparison of shoe-print and ballistic comparisons. Students will also learn fundamentals of crime scene photography..

LAWS 46
Units/ Hours: 15

This course provides a basic introduction to our legal system. Students are introduced to the evolution and creation of law, the court system in Canada as well as basic legal principles and procedures. It provides a foundation for intensified training in the field of law enforcement.

LAWS 114
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces students to the concepts of investigation, as well as techniques applied to preliminary, continuing, and follow-up investigations. Basic investigative skills such as observation, note-taking, surveillance, interview techniques, inspection and search will be discussed.

Co-Requisites
LAWS 205
Units/ Hours: 45

This course deals with regulating the production and discharge of contaminants into the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the Environmental Protection Act.

Pre-Requisites
LAWS 300
Units/ Hours: 30

This course covers the legal procedures required of a law-enforcement officer for the commencement of legal proceedings. A variety of legal documents are studied, such as informations, summons, and offence notices. Legislation directing procedures includes the Canadian Constitution, Criminal Code, Provincial Offences Act, Canada Evidence Act, and Contraventions Act. The simple Crown Brief is introduced in this course, along with search and seizure procedures.

LAWS 301
Units/ Hours: 45

This course covers the legal procedures required of a law-enforcement officer for the commencement of legal proceedings. A variety of legal documents are studied, such as informations, summons, and offence notices. Legislation directing procedures includes the Canadian Constitution, Criminal Code, Provincial Offences Act, Canada Evidence Act, and Contraventions Act. Student participation in Investigation Techniques I (LAWS 114) is required as investigations culminate in Procedural Law I mock court. The simple Crown Brief is introduced in this course, along with search and seizure procedures.

LAWS 289
Units/ Hours: 30

Part of most jobs in this field require the ability to write clear and succinct reports with little preparation time. These reports may be read across the province, used and challenged in court proceedings, tribunals, inquests or FOI requests. The focus of this course is on writing these reports using the correct language and format to be used in such documents as well as Minister`s briefing notes and Crown Briefs.

Semester 2

LAWS 11
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to strengthen and highlight students' knowledge of and ability to use self-defence techniques used by officers to defend themselves in various types of field encounters.

Pre-Requisites
APST 50
Units/ Hours: 40

In this course, students will be provided the opportunity to actively engage in field activities: the techniques of which were taught during the winter semester.

Co-Requisites
LAWS 34
Units/ Hours: 60

This course exposes students to commercial aspects of fish and wildlife activities and methods of encouraging compliance to regulations. More specifically, the course will include instruction in the following areas: species at risk, invasive and endangered species legislation, commercial baitfish and fishing regulations, trapping regulations and the legislative framework that surrounds commercial activities dealing with these topics.

Pre-Requisites
LAWS 310
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will explore Indigenous perspectives regarding legislation dealing with natural resources, such as the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, Fisheries Act, Public Lands Act and other laws relating to the protection of lands and resources. A focus on Indigenous cultural and historical understanding and current case law decisions will be part of this course, along with the theme of restorative justice.

Pre-Requisites
LAWS 132
Units/ Hours: 75

In this course, techniques and topics used in investigations are studied, including interview techniques, crime scene management, intelligence and GPS mapping applications for enforcement. Students will be required to complete several full investigations using all the skills they have learned, and prepare a case for actual court experience. This course combines with Procedural Law II (LAWS 67) so that students can prosecute their prepared case in moot court.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
LAWS 303
Units/ Hours: 30

This course teaches students how to complete legal documents. Students will learn how to compile a comprehensive Crown Brief for Court. They will learn how to compile and execute a Search Warrant. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of court procedures, including testifying in mock courts. They will manage and present evidence in court and apply the rules of evidence. They will also be able to relate the application of legal process to aboriginal issues.

LAWS 304
Units/ Hours: 45

This course covers procedures relating to court appearance and trials and combines with Investigation Techniques II (LAWS 132) to provide the opportunity for students to prosecute or defend a case and present evidence in a moot court situation. Training on preparation of a Crown Brief will be expanded. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the application of legal procedures and courtroom strategies.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites