The only program of its kind in Ontario, the Forensic Identification graduate certificate provides you with leading-edge forensic knowledge and skills for public and private policing. As the only graduates of this program in the province, it is designed for students who are interested in becoming frontline investigators. The program’s unique hands-on approach provides expert instruction utilizing the most modern criminal forensic technology within a specialized curriculum. You will study advanced fingerprint development and analysis, physical matching of footwear and tool marks, digital photography, DNA and blood profiling, forensic interviewing, fraudulent document examination, rules of evidence, and trial procedure.
Training takes place in a state-of-the-art crime scene studio and forensic lab located at the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership. This innovative facility features a simulation lab for processing forensic evidence from staged crime scenes including photography, fingerprint development, advanced evidence collection techniques, and digital crime scene mapping. The centre also features four interviewing labs for practising interviewing techniques and assessing credibility. Finally, your forensic investigation skills and knowledge are put to the test in our mock courtroom.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Mitigate personal, public and legal risk during crime scene investigations by adhering to industry established ethical and technical standards
Document crime scenes using various methods including scale diagrams, models and charts to present forensic evidence in judicial proceedings
Preserve evidence using established forensic techniques and standards to aid investigations
Employ a range of fingerprint collection and analysis techniques to contribute to investigations
Evaluate the legality, reliability and limitations of forensic interviewing techniques to inform professional practices
Analyze bloodstain pattern evidence to establish its value, meaning and limitations
Articulate justification for arrest, search and seizure to aid in judicial proceedings
Assess the authenticity of documents to support and validate evidence in civil and criminal investigations
Communicate with colleagues and the public in high-stress environments to contribute to investigative goals and to maintain the human rights of everyone involved
While there are several universities that offer forensic programs with a theoretical science-based curriculum, Humber is the only public college in Canada that provides a comprehensive hands-on approach to forensic identification.
From day one, we'll have you in our state-of-the-art labs, such as our crime scene lab, forensic studio, interview rooms, and our realistic mock courtroom, working on a variety of engaging forensic-based projects. In two semesters, you’ll develop career-ready skills in forensics, making you a highly desirable candidate to employers in the Criminal Justice field.
If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you would make a perfect candidate for this program.
In this program, you'll learn by doing. In our heavily project-based curriculum, you’ll develop expertise in forensic identification skills. Some projects you’ll be working on include:
Our professors and faculty are made up of current and retired forensic professionals. They bring decades of real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom, and, are dedicated to providing support and mentorship on your academic journey, ensuring you're ready for this demanding but rewarding career.
Students will also have the unique opportunity to gain additional support from lab technologists who are familiar with the equipment in the fingerprinting and photography classes. Students will receive practical advice, support, and a friendly, helping hand.
Students take classes in the Humber Centre for Justice Leadership, an 18,000-square-foot centre located on the Humber Lakeshore Campus. In the forensic lab – featuring leading-edge forensic technologies – get exposed to and become proficient with the latest, state-of-the-art forensic equipment.
Simulations are conducted in our crime scene lab, which features a small apartment in the centre of the classroom. Here, you’ll carry out forensic procedures and investigations. Interview rooms are adjacent to the classrooms to aid in practical forensic interviewing assignments. In our mock court, you’ll be tested on the admissibility of evidence in highly realistic scenarios where you will take on both the role of the crown and defence counsel.
We're committed to providing students with realistic working conditions, and sometimes, it's not always pretty. As a Forensic Investigator, you'll often have to work outside during harsh weather conditions, which is why some Fall classes will be set outside. For instance, photography assignments are sometimes done in the cold and rain, and the forensic exhumation of a body is carried out at a mock grave site on the Lakeshore property.
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Upon completion of the program, graduates may find employment in public law enforcement such as municipal, provincial or federal police and regulatory agencies, border services, transit services, or correctional services. Graduates may wish to work as a civilian employee of a police service, a uniformed police officer as a scenes-of-crime officer, or in specialized units such as forensic identification or criminal investigations. They may also find employment in private policing as a corporate or insurance investigator.
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Watch the video to find out about what Forensic Identification students learn at Humber and about the live labs they have access to.
22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew Investiture
Wed, June 19, 2019
43 new members were invested into the 22 Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew at a ceremony at the Toronto Police College.
Members are all Police Foundation students in Humber College’s Faculty of Social & Community Services. The 22nd Division Toronto Police Service Rover Crew is a Scouts Canada group consisting of students from Humber’s Faculty of Social & Community Services that volunteers with the Toronto Police Service. In addition to working alongside the TPS, the Rovers are active in the community, providing opportunities for leadership and volunteering. Some of the initiatives the group participates in include the 55 Division community barbecue, the Etobicoke Park Clean Up, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Red Ribbon campaign and the Humber RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) check. The investiture was featured as a Toronto Police Services news story in February. The full article can be found here.
TPS Neighbourhood Officer Evaluation
Wed, June 19, 2019
The Faculty of Social and Community Services is partnered with the Toronto Police Services to offer feedback and insights.
Focus groups were held in January 2019 to gather feedback from current Neighbourhood Officers as to what is working and what needs improvements within the Enhanced Model of the NOP (which was launched in Oct 2018). The Associate Dean, Dr. Joanna Amirault, faculty members Dr. Alyssa Ferns and Dr. Doug Thomson, and Program Coordinator – Forensic Identification, Michael Gamble, led focus groups with officers and presented their data collection plans to the divisions that are supported by the Community Partnership Engagement Unit. Currently, two Humber student Research Assistants, Trisha Harber and Dominika Kubica, are working with two Humber BSS Criminal Justice alumni, Jeremi Berg and Crystial Stone, and Research Coordinator, Tanvir Kaukab, to collect data in the enhanced model neighbourhoods – 11, 22, 41, 42. Data collection started in May 2019 and will continue into the Fall 2019 across these communities to ask questions about community knowledge of the NOP and trust in their neighbourhood officers at reducing crime, as well as the fear of crime in these micro-neighbourhoods.
Society of Police and Criminal Psychology Conference
Tue, June 18, 2019
FSCS Faculty for the Criminal Justice Degree Program, Dr. Alyssa Ferns, will present at the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology conference.
She will present on the Toronto Police Services Neighbourhood Officer initiatives to a multi-disciplinary group with the theme of “Working and Engaging in a Diverse World.” Building upon a program evaluation that was conducted on the Neighbourhood Officer Program by Humber ITAL from 2014 onwards, a specific exploration of the strengths and challenges within one micro-neighbourhood was explored. A total of 154 surveys were completed showing various strengths (i.e., public library access, friendly neighbours, and community centres for youth) and also some challenges (i.e., gun violence, unemployment and gang activity). The overall results showed that the community had a positive outlook on the Neighbourhood Policing Program. This will be presented to an audience of current law enforcement, applied researchers, policy makers, and academics.
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Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.
Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!
General Sessions & Campus Tours
The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.
School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths
Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.
Thu, August 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM
You are about to join one of the most amazing colleges in Canada. Learn about your Orientation Experience.
FSCS Students and Faculty travel to Lima, Peru and Kingston, Jamaica
Wed, June 19, 2019
Combined, FSCS students accrued more than 7,000 hours of placement credit.
Under the leadership of Linda Hill and Philip Burge in collaboration with Cross-Cultural Solutions, 19 students from a variety of FSCS programs worked with young children at a primary school in a small community outside of Lima. Students spent their mornings facilitating educational lessons and activities with the children, and in the afternoons, took part in learning experiences that focused on Peruvian history and culture such as cooking lessons, art and calligraphy lessons, and visiting local sites and museums.
Later in the month, 16 FSCS students embarked to Kingston, Jamaica where they engaged in lectures, volunteer projects, and cultural learning experiences that focused on criminal justice and youth in Jamaica. This trip was developed under the leadership of Sheria Myrie, Lisa Cummings, and Coura Niang in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies – Mona. Highlights from the trip included visiting the Jamaica Defense Force Base, the Ministry of National Security, and volunteering at Annie Dawson’s Children Home, Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School, and with the We Transform project at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre.
FSCS Global Summer School
Tue, June 18, 2019
From July 5 to July 27, Humber College will hosted its first Global Summer School (GSS).
The GSS offers a unique opportunity for both Humber and non-Humber students to work together with peers from around the world to explore and discuss critical issues that require multidisciplinary solutions with global perspectives. The FSCS was thrilled to host two Global Summer School courses: Transformational Leadership & Advocacy and the Summer Police Program. Through the two courses, 28 Humber students and 21 non-Humber students from China, Indonesia and Jamaica completed the program for academic credit and experiential learning experience in a truly global and interdisciplinary environment.
FSCS Hosts Information Sessions
Tue, June 18, 2019
The Faculty of Social and Community Services held its annual Spring Information Sessions for prospective students.
At the event, guests learned more about the programs offered in the Criminal Justice and Human Services clusters. Representatives from each program along with student services representatives from across the College were available to discuss opportunities and resources available to Humber students, and to answer questions.
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