40th Anniversary

With the launch of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in the spring of 1978, came the beginnings of a post-secondary institution unique in Canada, if not the world, for its focus on justice and public safety.

The fledgling Institute started out with five academic areas under one roof – the Police Academy, Corrections Division, Courts Academy, Fire Academy and Educational Services.

Today, in addition to recruit training for all municipal police departments in British Columbia and BC Sheriff Services, it is responsible for training workers in BC Corrections, and community justice. JIBC educates and trains students for potential careers in law enforcement, paramedicine, firefighting and emergency management, search-and-rescue, security, bylaw enforcement, community care licencing, intelligence analysis, and tactical criminal analysis. It also develops and hones skills in counselling, mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership.

In its first 40 years, JIBC has had nearly 295,000 individuals enroll in its courses, of which more than 40,000 have graduated from its programs – both non-credentialed programs and those culminating in certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, baccalaureate degrees and graduate programs.

Learn more about JIBC’s inspiring history as Canada’s leading public safety educator.

Last updated April 10, 2018