Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations, and Protection Security and Investigation – Custom Border Services
For Gavin Martin, a career in law enforcement is all about connecting with and listening to citizens in order to find ways to improve his community. It’s not surprising that he followed a similar path during his time at Niagara College (NC).
Martin spent his first two years at NC enrolled in the Protection Security and Investigation – Custom Border Services program before deciding to pursue further studies via the one-year Advanced Law Enforcement program. His time at the college enabled him to gain plenty of practical, hands-on experience through a wide variety of co-op opportunities with Niagara Regional Police Services including ride-alongs and working with detectives to learn interview techniques. In addition, he did a week-long placement with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission where he learned how to conduct liquor inspections.
In 2018, he received the Dean’s Engagement Award for initiating opportunities to speak with students about how to make the most of their campus experience through his involvement with NC’s Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) and Student Engagement and Leadership Squad (SEALS) programs. Martin also received the 2017 Ontario Service Award for developing and facilitating curricular programs for children with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region. “The Centre for Student Leadership and Engagement and my program faculty really helped me find the confidence to pursue opportunities to lead on campus,” said Martin.
An avid runner, Martin has been a member of NC’s Cross Country Team for the past three years, consecutively winning rookie of the year, the Leadership Award as team captain, and Most Valuable Player.
Next up, he aims to land a spot in the two-year Hamilton Police Service Cadet Program. “My best experiences on campus involve community engagement and I want to be able to listen to people in my community in order to serve them better.”