|BCIT has temporarily stopped accepting applications for the Crime Scene Analysis program. For more information about the next intake, please contact Dave McKay, Program Coordinator.|
This intensive Industry Partnership Certificate program is an industry-led initiative, the rationale for which comes directly from the policing community and is designed to produce job-ready Crime Scene Assistants.
BCIT and the policing community envision the need for highly trained civilian professionals for the foreseeable future and require graduates who can make an immediate impact. The bar is set at a high level with Canadian Forensic Identification Specialists who are second to none with respect to training, commitment and experience. Accordingly, the aim of this credential is to meet the expectations of the police officers (Forensic Identification Specialists) with whom the graduates will work. The aim is to provide the requisite knowledge and skills in modern crime scene processing techniques.
Following the highly successful model in place at BCIT's Forensic Science and Technology department, students will build upon their relevant, general diploma by gaining the specialized, theoretical and applied skills in aspects of forensic science pertinent to crime scene processing.
Graduates of this program will bring increased capacity not only to police and government agencies but also to private security and other companies where civilian trained investigators can augment internal investigation units.
This program consists of nine academic courses, followed by a qualifying examination and a 200-hour field placement, spread over five academic terms. The program matrix provides further particulars.
Upon completion of the IPCP-CSA, graduates will have the knowledge and skills required to work as an effective team member alongside the Forensic Identification Specialists. Specifically the goal of the program is to produce graduates who are able to:
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Currently, the processing of crime scenes in Canada is conducted by highly trained police officers from the various Forensic Identification sections of municipal, provincial or federal departments. These experienced police officers receive training from the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Ontario and are trained in scene documentation, evidence collection and fingerprint analysis. The policing community is exploring avenues of enhancing the specialty areas associated with crime scene processing with the introduction of newly created civilian positions. These designees will work alongside the current Forensic Identification Specialists to alleviate some of the demands on these uniformed members. This represents a new model in Canada, not unlike those in many jurisdictions within the United States. A credential tailored specifically to produce job-ready crime scene assistants would bring increased capacity to police agencies for scene processing at a time when departments across the country need it most.
Dave McKay, Program Coordinator
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