If a career in law enforcement is something you’ve considered, the Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Police Studies program has repeatedly demonstrated how they help open a world of opportunity for graduates.
Take current Brandon Police Service (BPS) Const. Alice Potter. Since graduating from the ACC Police Studies program in 2009, she has already served in several interesting and professionally satisfying areas within the service, and is looking forward to many more new challenges moving forward.
In a release from ACC, Potter detailed some of the interesting and rewarding positions she has taken since being hired by the BPS.
“I started specializing in traffic. I obtained my Traffic Collision Analyst level three and forensic mapping. Up until two weeks ago, I was the only current member reconstructing all fatal and serious collisions within the city,” she said, adding she went on to become an instructor in many traffic areas including radar, laser, alco-sensor FST users and calibrators.
Potter also became a drug-recognition expert, which helps her identify drivers who are impaired because of drugs.
“With the new legislation, impaired driving by drugs is becoming a scary reality,” stated Potter, who obtained this training in Phoenix, Ariz.
Graduates of ACC’s Police Studies program can be found all across Manitoba, including Brandon, Ste. Anne, Morden, Winkler, Victoria Beach, Rivers Police and Manitoba First Nations Police Service (formerly known as the Dakota Ojibway Police Service). Potter estimates that more than half of Manitoba First Nations Police Service officers may be graduates of the college’s Police Studies program.
Any police agency can hire a Police Studies graduate and put them through the six weeks of Phase B training to become a sworn member.
Some ACC graduates have also gone on to work for agencies such as the Winnipeg Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. These agencies require all their candidates complete their own training program. However - with a comprehensive foundation in place thanks to the Police Studies program - ACC graduates are known to perform extremely well upon joining those law-enforcement agencies.
In December, Const. Potter embarked on her latest challenge, transferring from the training unit to become a school resource officer in the Brandon School Division.
“I think it’s important in your police career to try different units, try different sections,” she stated. “Once you become comfortable, move on. Try something new. And build your knowledge base.”
For more information on the Police Studies program, visit the ACC website at https://assiniboine.net/ and search through the programs tab.