Private Investigator School

During the past number of weeks, police associations and unions have become a frequent target by media and activists. While we are confident that the overwhelming majority of our members conduct themselves with professionalism, empathy and compassion on a daily basis. While activists are frustrated regarding oversight, it is noted that Associations are equally as frustrated with delays in oversight investigations.

As a police association, it is important the public understands who we are and what we do for our members. Our mandate is to advocate on behalf of our members regarding salaries, benefits, health and safety concerns and support with grievances regarding violations of our collective agreements and our goal is to ensure fair representation for all of our uniform and civilian members.

In light of the negative press, it is very important to continue to highlight the good work being done by our police professionals, whenever possible. We need to shift focus to the positive side, keeping our profession in the best possible light, in spite of the relentless demands for police defunding.

With continued calls for defunding comes the realization that police budgets are growing because the demand for police services keeps growing. Keeping communities safe requires adequate resources and this comes at a price.

Personal attacks directed at police personnel combined with quarantine measures and the inability to engage in our usual activities to help us unwind, can pose mental health challenges for our members. The mental health and well-being of our members is paramount. The launch of Encompas this past March has provided a much needed resource and support structure to assist our members and their families to deal with the unique mental health challenges faced by first responders. Keeping the lines of communication open and providing valuable tools and resource material to maintain mental health balance is crucial. We encourage all members to utilize this service to assist with their own personal well-being.

Calls for service relating to mental health have been on the rise over the past couple of years. While there is a lot of negative press pointing out what police do wrong, we acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of mental health service calls and wellness checks, are handled without the need for escalation. Therapists and mental health professionals often take months before a proper diagnosis of a patient is determined. When first on scene, a police professional has very little time to assess the status of a mental health situation. For this reason, police professionals are committed to working in tandem with professional partners to provide the best possible care when dealing with mental health service calls, utilizing the best possible evidence-bases solutions.

Many police associations are open to the idea of police officers using body worn cameras. While body worn cameras will instill public confidence and police accountability, they will also reduce false complaints against the police. Outfitting all officers with body worn cameras will come at a significant cost, directly affecting police budgets. The decision to adopt body worn cameras needs to be evidence based.

Across the globe, policing is under the microscope more than ever before. With so much attention being paid to the negative side of policing, we are incumbent to do are part to portray the policing profession in the best possible light.

We are all Canadians, with love and respect, we will all move forward together.


President Rob Jamieson & the Board of Directors

Ontario Provincial Police Association

The goal is to concentrate and aim to achieve the best score personally attainable within the course. The article ”How To Set Goals that Don’t Make You Miserable” by Aytekin Tank (2019) will be used for gathering intellect. I will explain the goals to attain within the semester for the course in the following manner; To avoid celebrating until the course comes to a completion, clarifying the priorities, narrowing the focus, and maintaining momentum. 

To Avoid Celebrating Until the Course Comes to A Completion

During the time I take Reading & Writing Skills course, the dedication will be to accept the small victories and not celebrate them. I will celebrate the highest mark that one can achieve by the end of the semester. The reason to avoid celebrating each accomplishment is due to overexcitement, which will make one feel already accomplished and gather over confidence. This could have a negative effect on subsequent assignments. This will keep the motivation to strive to complete the semester in its totality. 

Clarifying the Priorities

            Keeping priorities within the course and fulfilling the course requirements by being proactive rather than reactive. These priorities will include meeting or exceeding deadlines, increasing the chances to review the assignments and possibly improving them to achieve better end results. 

Narrowing the Focus

            Focusing on the task by resisting distractions. The practice that has worked in the past has contributed to my success in certain aspects of my career. The tough times from my past job was not up to my interest level and kept me from performing. The decision to implement and research came to mind. During the time, I left a note in the pocket as a reminder to “focus” and that was the only word written in that note. The note when touched or read was a reminder to focus on one task at a time and block out any other distractions. 

Maintaining Momentum             

Maintaining a reasonable momentum can be the success in the course, which can help by ensuring time management and dedication to the subject. The reasonable time per week will be contingent on the final mark in the class. Keeping focus has managed miracles for me in the past and aiming to attain goals.

Eye for an Eye, the crime should fit the punishment. Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.

Do we believe that each law that has passed is justified? Why do we change the law so much?

Every year the laws change and sometimes even twice per year. We can get into the moral and ethical rules, justice models, and religion.

The law provides benefits of living with other members of society in a safe and balanced environment. General norms and standards of behaviour help to keep people from committing crimes or at least deter them from committing these crimes.

Condition rules are activities that we go on about for our everyday lives. This could be getting a driver’s license to generalize the population to a certain way of driving and following the rules.

Power-conferring rules – These apply to wills, contracts, and help to maintain a professional relationship with your business partner or family members.

Actus reus – basically an act consistent of a criminal behaviour.

Mens Rea- The person acting in such a way that is wrong and knows it and it is of a criminal nature.

“In a civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics”

“The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer people become… The more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers”

“Laws were invented for the safety of citizens, the preservation of States, and the tranquility and happiness of human life.”

“Law… is nothing else than an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community, and promulgated.”

“No enhancement of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.”

“Law may be though of as a set of rules which are generally obeyed and enforced within a politically organized society.”

References: Introduction to Law in Canada – John Fairlie & Philip Sworden

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Our DNA tells us to favor safety over risk. Why leave the cave to venture where the monsters live when we can stay safe inside our shelter and live another day? To go out into the night is to court danger and death. Our primitive brain screams to us: Stay here! This is safety! This is life! – Nomadic Matt

Step 1 – 50 Hours of Basic Training

In order to apply for a license with the ministry of the province that you live in, you will need to complete the basic requirements that teach you to become a Private Investigator.

There are plenty of registered private and public schools that teach the course. I have taken the course at CSPIS in Toronto and would definitely recommend them. No, I am not getting any reference money from them 🙂

Step 2 – Ministry Exam

Once you have finished your certificate and completed your 50 hours of in-class and independent work you will receive your paperwork. This will allow you to make an appointment to write your exam. The passing rate is 70% and this is a multiple-choice exam.

Even though this exam is multiple choice people have failed. During my examination, I believe out of 12 people there was only 2 that passed. I was one of them, not because I studied better but the school I chose to take the course did a good job of preparing their students.

Step 3 – Applying For License

Once you have passed the Ministry Exam you will be eligible to apply for your license. This can be done online. You will require references, a digital picture, and payment.

The license will be valid for 2 years in the province of Ontario and you can choose 3 years in the province of British Columbia, which is the cheapest option.

Step 4 – Fingerprints

Application in British Columbia requires you to get fingerprinted by the Police Department, RCMP detachment or a third party recognized by the RCMP. This comes at a cost and these fingerprints are mandatory in order to apply for your license for the first time.

Step 5 – Receiving Your License

You will receive a digital version of your license with the license # that you can use to apply for jobs. The only thing is you will require the physical license in order to work on a case.

Final Words

Becoming licensed is easy in Canada. In general, for you, that means as long as you don’t have a criminal record. That being said most employers will want you to have some sort of background that can relate to the field. If you don’t possess this there are plenty of surveillance courses to enhance your skills.

In Ontario, there are only 1 Private and 2 Public colleges that offer a certificate or diploma program. These career colleges will get you started at the professional level.

In order to join the CPIO, which is the Council of Professional Investigators in Ontario, you will need to have accumulated 2000 hours of work as a Private Investigator. Then you can apply to become a member.

In British Columbia, in order to get an unrestricted license, you will need to have worked 2000 hours. If not you will receive a license that lets the employer know you can only work under supervision.

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