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  • Certificate | 11111 Private Investigation

This certificate is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in private investigation, and is based on the training standards from the Private Security and Investigative Services Act of Ontario. This certificate consists of six courses, each of which is six weeks in length. This program is offered online.

What You Will Learn

Instructors teaching this online certificate program offer decades of experience in police services. Professor Buligan is a retired detective sergeant, with over 35 years of policing experience with the Toronto Police Service (TPS). Mr. Buligan spent over 20 years of his policing career attached to the Forensic Identification Services (FIS) where he worked as a scenes of crime officer. During his tenure with the TPS – FIS he was in charge of FIS specialized operations and oversaw the training office, the laboratory, photo andComputer Assisted Recovery Enhancement System (CARES) sections.

In his capacity as detective sergeant Mr. Buligan headed a group of forensic officers as part of the Toronto Joint Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) team. Mr. Buligan was a member of the Toronto Police Forensic Training Conference committee; which he chaired for a number of years. He has lectured at Toronto Arson Task Force Seminar in 2003 and 2006, as well as, at the Toronto Police College and at the 2003 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. Professor Buligan was a member of the Ontario Forensic Advisory Committee and currently a member of Toronto Arson Task Force. Additionally Professor Buligan is a member of the Canadian Identification Society, International Association of Identification and the Michigan Ontario Identification Society.


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Compulsory Courses - 6 Required

SECN 116
Forensic Investigation

In this course students will examine the requirements of a continuing investigation. They will learn the rules of evidence and develop the ability to apply said rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. Forensic requirements, statute law and other issues will be emphasized.

SECN 117
Interviewing and Deception

This course focuses on interviewing and deception detecting skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses and suspects.

SECN 113
Investigative Techniques

Students will learn the basic steps of conducting an investigation including the practical development of note-taking and observation skills.

SECN 112
Investigator's Powers

This course will examine pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their impact on the Canadian criminal procedure.

Citizen and police arrest and release authorities, police powers of search and seizure, with and without warrant, will be discussed. This course will enable the student to become familiar with police terminology and apply the procedures required to affect arrest and release.

SECN 115
Provincial and Related Acts

This course is based on the Private Security and Investigative Services Act of Ontario learning outcomes requirements.

On completion of this course, the security officer will have an appreciation of the elements of provincial law such as the Liquor Licence Act, Tenant Protection Act, Environmental Protection Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Provincial Offences Act, Trespass to Property Act, Immigration Act, and become familiar with case law related to tort and labour law.

SECN 114
Strategic Communications

This course is designed to equip the students with the skills required to write reports, prepare cases for court, as well as testify in courtroom settings.