Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies

Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
25 September 2019

10 weeks, Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Award: City Colleges Diploma
NFQ: Not Applicable

Learn how to identify certain types of criminals and profile their likely behaviours.

Delivered by leading academics and practitioners, the purpose of the Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with a basic understanding of entry level policing both in Ireland and abroad. Students will consider, the law and policing, criminal profiles and interviewing skills, to name but three. All lectures will be related to various theories of crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of how a modern police system operates from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

During this course the student will learn how to identify certain types of criminals and their likely behaviours. They will also learn about how to profile such criminals and how, once apprehended the law requires that they are treated. Students will be introduced to evidence based policing including, prevention, restorative justice and conflict resolution. Interrogation and investigative techniques will also be examined to give students the broadest possible understanding of this ever-changing environment.

Those who are considering a career in An Garda Siochanna or other police forces and members of the Garda Reserve. Others working generally in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Those in other careers who are interested in modern policing studies.

Annmarie Larkin has a BA Diploma in Policing Studies, a Diploma in Criminology & Criminal Psychology,  a Diploma in Forensic Psychology, an O.A. Diploma in Forensic Science & Profiling and an O.A. Diploma in Child Behaviour. She also has Fetac Level 6 Certificates in Business Management, Finance and Conflict Management.

Week 1 – Introduction to Modern Policing

Week 2 – The Law and Police Powers and Procedures

Week 3 – Profiling Criminals: Psychopathy

Week 4 – Profiling Criminals: Homicide

Week 5 – Profiling Criminals: Sex Offenders

Week 6 – Alcohol and Youth in conflict with the law

Week 7 – Community Policing and Conflict Resolution Skills

Week 8 – Security Studies

Week 9 – Interviewing suspects and victims

Week 10 – Investigation procedures and techniques

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Garda & Policing Studies. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the assignment must be submitted on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

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