Interception of Private Communications Course

Course detail

Program area: Investigative techniques

Course code: IPCC – Part VI

Course registration details
Session(s) Location Start date End date
22-01 Full Ottawa 2022-09-12 2022-09-23
Tuition Accommodation Full Meals Total
$ 4,000.00 $ 1,140.00 $ 900.00 $ 6,040.00


  • Accommodations include arrival of student the night before course start date.
  • Cost is based on the Single room with a shared bathroom priced at $ 95.00/night
  • Travel grant funding may be available (for non-federal police agencies only)


Investigations involving the interception of private communications, or wiretaps, are among the most complex investigations in police law enforcement. They can also become the costliest investigations, both during the investigative stage and the prosecutorial stage. Success is often dependent on the affidavit and judicial authorization to withstand court scrutiny and to meet the minimum legal standard.

The Part VI course is an advanced and specialized legal application drafting course that provides instruction all aspects of Part VI-related legal authorities, including emergency wiretap, one-party consent, and full wiretap authorizations. This course aims to assist participants make sense of the Part VI provisions in the Criminal Code and to apply the statutory requirements to obtain an authorization for the interception of private communications.

Format and delivery

Length of course

12 days

Part 1: Approximately 15 hours to complete pre-course reading and a pre-course drafting assignment (self-paced)

Part 2: 12 days of learning in-class. Note: Students should be prepared to complete up to 50 hours of study/assignments outside of scheduled class time and on weekends to complete required learning activities.

Class size
24 participants
Delivery setting
Theoretical portions are offered in classroom; practical exercises will take place in syndicate rooms.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, successful participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of:
    • Part VI of the Criminal Code
    • applicable case law and its implications to investigations, affidavits and prosecutions; and
    • the affiant's role in relation to investigations, drafting affidavits, and prosecutions
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of full, fair and frank disclosure, and apply this concept concisely to information gathered during an investigation, including information from confidential informants, when drafting reasonable grounds and articulating investigative necessity.
  3. Draft an One-Party Consent affidavit and authorization pursuant to s. 184.2 of the Criminal Code.
  4. Draft a Non-Consent affidavit and authorization pursuant to ss. 185 and 186 of the Criminal Code.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the principles governing the defence of an affidavit and be able to apply them to the actual preparation of the affidavit as well as the defence of the affidavit in court.

Eligibility and mandatory requirements



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