Niagara College and the Niagara Regional Police Service have signed a partnership that greatly enhances the learning experience for students in NC’s School of Justice Studies while providing the NRPS with opportunities to contribute to justice studies programs and evaluate students as prospective candidates for employment with the NRPS.
NC president Dan Patterson and NRPS Chief Jeff McGuire signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 24 that includes provisions for a ride-along program for selected NC students; opportunities for the NRPS to recommend active members for part-time teaching positions and participation in the College’s Program Advisory Committees; and opportunities for internship positions with the NRPS Training Unit.
“We’ve been fortunate to have such a great working relationship with the Niagara Regional Police Service over the years,” said Patterson. “This new agreement builds on that relationship, and creates important hands-on learning opportunities for our students.”
“The success of the Niagara Regional Police Service is dependent upon our relationships with many community partners, and our partnership with Niagara College is the perfect opportunity for the NRPS to play a part in the development and education of the young people in this Region,” said McGuire. “In the short time that I have been the Chief of the NRPS I have had the opportunity to be involved in several events with Niagara College, and I have served as a guest lecturer for justice studies students. This MOU demonstrates the commitment of both the NRPS and Niagara College to the continuation of our strong commitment to the future of this program.”
Under the agreement, students in NC’s Protection, Security and Investigation, Police Foundations and Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations programs will follow the typical hiring and recruitment process to be selected for the Ride Along program – through which students accompany officers on regular patrols, gain insight into the realities of policing and gain valuable work-based learning experiences. The provision also allows the NRPS to evaluate students as prospective candidates for constable positions.
The agreement will also give the NRPS the opportunity to recommend members of the service for available part-time teaching positions in NC’s School of Justice Studies, as well as for Program Advisory Committees, which make recommendations to ensure Niagara College programs are current and incorporate the most up-to-date techniques, technologies and trends.
“By increasing its participation in our programs, the NRPS can help ensure that we continue to provide our students with the practical and technical skills required for law enforcement, which will ultimately make our graduates more suitable candidates for employment,” said David Veres, Niagara College’s Dean of Community and Health Studies.
Above: From left, David Veres, Dean of Community and Health Studies; NC President Dan Patterson, NRPS Chief Jeff McGuire, NRPS Deputy Chief Joe Matthews.