Seneca College School of Public Safety and Police Studies offers first applied forensic program in Ontario, Canada.
Nov 1, 2004
Article contributed by the
Faculty of the Applied Forensic Investigative Sciences Program,
Seneca College, Ontario, Canada.
Forensic science has made it possible to detect, investigate and prosecute
offences in ways never before possible. As the relationship between crime scene
investigations and laboratory examinations grows, investigators today require
advanced skills to meet the higher standards set out by the courts. Now Seneca
College’s new Applied Forensic Investigative Sciences Program offers professionals
in law enforcement the opportunity to obtain a post-graduate certificate in
this growing field through part-time studies.
Seneca, in partnership with British Columbia Institute of Technology
(B.C.I.T.) is offering a unique Applied Forensic Investigative Sciences
program that will enhance theoretical knowledge and investigative capabilities
as well as provide a clear understanding of selected scientific principles,
procedures, technologies and the legal issues involved in an investigator's work.
Ideal for individuals who already have a certificate, diploma or
degree in the field of law enforcement, current serving police officers,
or mature students with a relevant work history, the program will prepare
students for new employment or greater career opportunities. Graduates
will attain the credentials needed to open doors to specialized investigative
units, enhance investigative skills through an increased awareness of the types
of forensic evidence that exists - what it can do, and how to properly collect
and use that evidence - increase their knowledge concerning what would be
considered evidence in a legal proceeding and improve their ability to testify
in an expert matter before the courts.
The program, currently underway, offers six subjects delivered by
recognized experts in their respective fields, augmented in many cases by
guest speakers and professors from B.C.I.T. Subjects include Introduction to
Forensic Science, Forensic Anthropology – Rural Crime Scenes, Forensic Interviewing,
Forensic Behavioural Science, Forensic Video Technologies and Science, Technology and
the Law. Students can complete the
program in one to two years depending on the pace at which they choose to study.
”We’re very excited about the opportunity this program provides for law enforcement
professionals,” says Jeff Agro, Seneca College Public Safety and Police Studies Program
Coordinator. “Participants can begin their studies at any time, depending on space
availability. And our relationship with B.C.I.T. gives program graduates the
opportunity to further their education by receiving advanced standing towards
B.C.I.T.’s Advanced Specialty Certificate
(Forensic Science Studies) or their Bachelor of Technology (Forensic Investigation).”
In addition to this, the School of Public Safety and Police Studies,
in partnership with other organizations, also offers ongoing professional
development workshops. These workshops, which include topics such as
Aircrash Recovery, Forensic Blood Spatter Analysis, and Introduction to
Criminal Intelligence, are ideal for those seeking knowledge in a specialized area.
Seneca College’s School of Public Safety and Police Studies is located at
Seneca’s King Campus, just north of Toronto in King City. The School
encompasses the various public safety components and careers to which students
can aspire - from security, customs, immigration, corrections and more – and
is committed to providing the contemporary knowledge, skills, and experience
required by graduates to obtain and excel
in diverse and rewarding careers in public safety, policing and investigations.
You can find out more information about these exciting educational opportunities by visiting
by calling Jeff Agro, Program Co-ordinator for the School
of Public Safety and Police Studies at + 1 416 491 5050 Ext. 5090 or Email at