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Legal Essentials for Security Practitioners (LESP)

  • Jan 17-18, 2024

  • Sep 9 -10, 2024


ARC Hotel, 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON


$1800 + HST

COURSE SUMMARY The Legal Essentials for Security Practitioners Course is an essential course identified for Security Certification under the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group, (IRRG)  Office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University.

The LESP Course provides participants with a general overview of the legal framework under which security practitioners in the public sector carry out their responsibilities.  It includes an overview of:

  • What is law? Who makes the law?

  • Statutes, policies, and directives: What is the difference?

  • Security officers’ authorities: Powers of arrest/use of force

  • Investigations vs administrative actions

  • Security clearances: Employer’s right to require clearance as a condition of employment

  • Canada Labour Code: Employer’s responsibility for a healthy and safe work environment

  • Canada Labour Code: Employer’s responsibility to prevent violence in the workplace

  • Statutory framework for information sharing and protection of personal information

  • The Security of Information Act

  • The Security of Canada Information Sharing Act

  • Statutory framework for protection of personal information under the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act

  • Authorities for business continuity and emergency planning

  • Crown Liabilities and Proceedings Act

  • Policy on Legal Assistance and indemnification

At the end of the Course you will be able to:

  • Describe the legal authorities underpinning the daily activities of security practitioners

  • Know the legal rights and powers of security officers

  • Understand when to engage with legal advisors for specific legal advice

Who should attend

This course is of interest to security practitioners and employees in the public sector who seek greater knowledge of the governmental and legal context in which they work. 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Joanne Kellerman, General Counsel (Rtd), Department of Justice 

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