Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. 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
Apr 11, 2025 to Jul 04, 2025
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Apr 22, 2025 to Jun 17, 2025
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,095.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for the live sessions.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click on View Details for dates. *Please note: Live session dates and times may be subject to change, but will be finalized 6 weeks prior to course start date.* 

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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