Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the modern community and the role of policing in providing public safety and security. It takes into account the characteristics and features of the modern community and examines how policing has evolved, and is evolving, to meet the challenges and issues associated with the modern community, especially in Canada. Online instruction will feature a live session with the instructor. Each week will highlight a particular aspect of policing the modern community and will encourage students to explore issues from a variety of perspectives.

Course Outline

Unit 1: The Modern Community - A Complex, Dynamic System

  • Examines the features of the modern community and the role of policing in public safety.

Unit 2: Family Issues and Crises in the Modern Community

  • Looks at specific issues and challenges associated with family life within the modern community and impacts on policing.

Unit 3: Policing Diversity in the Modern Community

  • Reviews a range of aspects that relate to diversity in the modern community and how public policing responds to those aspects.

Unit 4: Diverse Services for Policing Community Complexity

  • Looks at how police services are called upon to innovate and change to meet the challenges of community complexity.

What You Will Learn

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental elements of the modern community as a foundation for understanding recent developments in contemporary policing;
  • Differentiate between diverse modern communities requiring particular attention from modern police organizations;
  • Understand the evolution of policing to a collaborative community safety and security model;
  • Identify a range of vulnerable and visible communities requiring specific services from police organizations;
  • Identify examples of good practice relating to collaborative community safety, public security and other related policing models;
  • Create a network of contacts and resources relevant to continuous learning in the area of collaborative community safety and security; and
  • Recognize the importance of evidence-based research methods in the examination of the challenges facing the modern community, especially from a policing perspective.


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Police Leadership.

For more Police Leadership courses, click here.

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

  • Police personnel seeking to expand and deepen their understanding of policing within the modern community;
  • Police personnel looking to develop wider knowledge of the challenges associated with diversity and difference in the modern community;
  • Police personnel interested in exploring contemporary, and future, models of public safety and security; and
  • Individuals who wish to refine their research skills in the context of policing the modern community.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Policing the Modern Community
Online - Self-Paced
Sep 08, 2023 to Nov 30, 2023
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook
All readings for this course are in the Learning Management System, Brightspace. You do not need to purchase any additional text books.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. Scheduled sessions: students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view a recorded version. Days and times of scheduled meetings will be announced at a future date.

The Brightspace course site will be open from 8:00 AM AT on course start date. The syllabus will be available on the course site. 

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