Jarod Burden and Leslie Claire Amminson

Starting January 2019, people who want to join the RNC will be delighted to hear that the entry requirements will open up to a much wider set of potential candidates.

The cadet program has become a lot more financially feasible for all potential cadets, who, with the new implementations, will be paid $15 an hour rather than nothing. The time required to complete the program will also be cut in half from one year to six months.

The educational requirements are also changing to allow people who may be unable to afford to attend the Police Studies program at MUN to still apply for the RNC. Previously, cadets would be required to be enrolled in this program concurrently with their RNC training. Now, the program is no longer required. With the new entry requirements, cadets will be required to have a minimum of one year of postsecondary education, which can be at either the college level or the university level.

Though enrollment in the program is no longer required, Dr. Allan Hall, coordinator of the diploma program, asserted that the program expects “that many people interested in the RNC may still see the diploma as a superior qualification which will give them some advantage when they apply to the RNC”.

“Based on the large number of requests we have had from people within and outside policing who have expressed interest in taking the diploma, we think it is likely that we will have more applicants than we can serve given our faculty resources,” he continued, “Since this program can be taken entirely online, we expect to attract applicants from around the country and quite possibly beyond. The diploma program will also be a good way of starting a university education which can then be used to springboard into the police studies degree.”

Hall also clarified that the new RNC requirements will not affect current students “unless they opt for the new calendar and program […] The courses needed to complete the existing diploma program will continue to be available.”

When asked how the program has worked in the past to prepare cadets for careers with the RNC, Hall responded, “The intent of the program is to give cadets a basic social science understanding of deviance, crime, law and policing while encouraging the critical, evidence-based and ethical thinking necessary for effective and appropriate policing practices. He added that “the program changes being introduced in the coming year are aimed at achieving the same core goals while paying more attention to gender and racial inequality.”

Insp. Alex Brennan of the RNC said that cadets will still “pass the same rigorous screening process, including physical and psychological testing.”