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Watch this space for information on careers and opportunities of special interest to students in Criminology. We will post information about both paid work and volunteer opportunities.

WHAT'S NEW? Co-op Opportunities in Criminology

Interested in continuing your studies at KPU and making connections, getting paid work experience and getting a foot into the door of an organization in your industry?

Students in the Co-operative Education (Co-op) program:

  • Alternate between semesters of work and semesters of academic studies
  • Earn wages to help defray educational costs
  • Apply their classroom learning in the field, including enforcement/administration of regulations, research skills, working with social justice issues, and more

Students eligible for the Co-op program must be registered or conditionally accepted into an approved degree program, have completed 45 credit hours, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7 prior to their first work term.


  • Prepare early. It takes two semesters to prepare to go out on your first work term. One semester to take COOP 1101, and one semester to apply to jobs and secure a placement.
  • COOP 1101—seats are limited per program. You indicate your interest in taking this course one semester prior by following the steps outlined on our site: to enroll in Co-op. You will be notified if you are given access to register, based on seat availability. Registration is first come first serve, once access is granted.
  • Jobs are not guaranteed. Remember if you do not have related experience, then your flexibility, open mindedness, and effort towards your first work term can lead to success.


  • Students are expected to complete three 4-month work terms as a part of their program requirements, so a commitment from the student is expected.
  • Your last semester must be an academic term so you need to plan to complete your Co-op requirements prior to your last semester of school.
  • Students register into a Co-op work term course for each 4-month term of employment.
  • Students pay 4.5 credits per work term and are registered in 9 additive credits (non-academic), which do not count towards your degree requirement. This also maintains full-time student status. Students complete work term course assignments online.


Information sessions about the benefits of Co-op are offered each term. To register or for more information, refer to

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Volunteer Opportunities with Surrey Crime Prevention Society

Are you considering a career in law enforcement, psychology, or in community-based organizations? Are you passionate about giving back to your community? Do you enjoy meeting new people, having fun, and learning new skills? If so, we want to hear from you!

Surrey Crime Prevention Society has been supporting community safety and public awareness programs in the City of Surrey since 1984. We are committed to aligning with the goals of our community partners to enhance community safety in Surrey. Our dedicated and qualified volunteers are a frequent presence at community events throughout Surrey, such as Fusion Festival, Canada Day Celebration, Cloverdale Rodeo, Vaisaki Parade, and more!

A few of our current programs include:

  • Community Safety Tours in the areas of Downtown Surrey, Fleetwood, Guildford, and Newton
  • Traffic Safety Program – Speed Watch, Fatal Vision, and Drunk Busters
  • Anti-graffiti (in partnership with the City of Surrey By-Laws Enforcement Department)
  • Citizen’s Community Safety Watch

These programs operate primarily on foot and on bicycles. Citizen’s Community Safety Watch is operated in vehicles.

Volunteer safety is important to us, so our volunteers work in pairs and have constant communication available with Program Coordinators via hand-held radios.

Visit to find out more information and to fill out a volunteer application form. All of our volunteers must complete a criminal record check through the RCMP as part of the application process.

Facebook: /SurreyCrimePreventionSociety
Twitter: @PreventCrimes

Volunteer Opportunities with New Westminster Police Victim Assistance Unit

New Westminster Police Victim Assistance Unit is a registered non-profit society committed to providing 24 hour/7 days a week services to victims of crime and trauma and their families. The Victim Assistance Unit is comprised of staff and volunteers who provide on scene assistance, emotional support, court updates and outcomes. Are you: empathic and non-judgmental, excellent in communication skills, able to handle stressful situations and are willing to be trained in a classroom and field setting, then this volunteer opportunity may be for you.

For more information, visit

Program information can be found at and click on Victims Assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities with CHIMO Crisis Services

CHIMO Crisis Services is a non-profit organization in Richmond that offers practical experience through unique volunteer opportunities. Whether you need to complete a course component, require a reference for grad school, or want to get involved in a volunteer program that will give you some practical experience related to your field of studies, you may want to consider one of these volunteer opportunities:

Classroom Presenter

Provide opportunities for youth to build social and emotional awareness, knowledge, and capacity through a series of workshops delivered to high school students in Richmond. Gain public speaking, facilitation, and class management skills; in-depth knowledge of suicide prevention, stress management, and teen relationship abuse; employment and educational references available when commitment period is fulfilled.

Crisis Line

Provide emotional support and referrals to a diverse population of callers in distress, seeking assistance with a wide range of issues. Gain communication skills, personal/professional growth, valuable knowledge and experience. Employment and educational references available when commitment period is fulfilled.

Outreach and Advocacy

Provide information and resources to people coping with crisis as well as newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Work one-on-one to help clients develop the confidence and skills to effectively resolve their own situations. Gain knowledge about family and poverty law, settlement and referral services; the reward of advocating for people who need support; excellent school and job references.

For more information:

Chinese Community Policing Centre

The Chinese Community Policing Centre is actively recruiting volunteers for its foot patrol, bike patrol, and speed watch programs. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work close to the Downtown Eastside, as well as working closely with the VPD and ICBC. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet new people, to learn new skills, gain valuable job experience, and most importantly a chance to make a difference in your community. You can volunteer to help with office administration or receive specialized training to help victims of crime. You can work on doing research and help to design seminars for presentation to various segments of the community. You can get out in the community on a bike and help find stolen cars.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Receive free training sessions from the VPD/ICBC/CCPC
  • Access to special events
  • May become eligible for the Volunteer Vancouver Award
  • Looks good on a resume
  • Learn more about policing
  • Develop new skills

Volunteer positions include:

  • Foot Patrol
  • Bike Patrol
  • Speed Watch
  • Crime Alert Notices

For more information, please contact Jag Ghuman at For those interested in volunteering with the Chinese Community Policing Centre, please note that the application form can be downloaded from the website.

Student Employment

KPU students are eligible for employment both on and off campus. KPU has its own exclusive job posting system called Career Connection:

For more information about Career Services, please visit and

Working at KPU

If you are looking for employment as a faculty or staff member at KPU, please visit the Human Resources website at

Careers in Criminology and Justice

Concerns about public safety, crime prevention, and criminal and social justice contribute to a strong demand for people with a background in criminology. The unique community focus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's criminology programs prepares students for a wide variety of careers in government and the private sector, including careers in traditional criminal justice agencies, law enforcement, and related community agencies.

Criminology prepares students for careers in the following areas:

Law enforcement:

  1. Airport Security Officer
  2. Border Patrol Officer
  3. Child Protection Officer
  4. Crime Scene Analyst
  5. Human Rights Officer
  6. Intelligence Officer
  7. Investigator
  8. Juvenile Court Officer
  9. Law Enforcement Officer
  10. Polygraph Technician
  11. Surveillance Officer
  12. Transit Police


  1. Bail Supervision Officer
  2. Correctional Officer
  3. Parole Officer
  4. Probation Officer
  5. Program Developer

Community agencies:

  1. Child and Youth Worker
  2. Community Outreach Worker
  3. Community Relations Consultant
  4. Program Developer and Officer
  5. Program Evaluator
  6. Public Administrator
  7. Restorative Justice Worker
  8. Social Policy Researcher
  9. Social Worker
  10. Victim Services Provider

Government, Legal, and Other:

  1. Court Clerk
  2. Court Reporter
  3. Instructor
  4. Lawyer
  5. Paralegal
  6. Policy Analyst
  7. Public Legal Education

* Some of these career choices may require additional education and/or work training.

Employment links:

Working in Canada:

City of Surrey, British Columbia, Career Opportunities:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Recruiting:

Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Careers:

Department of Justice Canada, Careers: