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Police Foundations

Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma

What is Police Foundations?

Students are provided with the knowledge and skills required of contemporary police officers. A common first year with the Protection, Security and Investigation program, provides students with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada and also allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study.

Second year students are provided with both academic and practical courses which develop the knowledge and skills demanded by today's Canadian police services. Areas of study include forensic crime scene examination, interview skills, use of force theory and application, police powers, and crisis intervention techniques. The physical training and career preparation components of the program are designed to prepare students to meet the specific demands of police recruitment processes.

A common first year with the Community and Justice Services and Protection, Security and Investigation programs provides students with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada and also allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study and possibly receive all three credential in four years. Graduating students may also have the opportunity to further their studies at the degree level at the Orillia Campus toward our unique four-year Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree.

Learn what it’s like to be a student in the Police Foundations program at our Owen Sound Campus:

Police Foundations, Owen Sound Campus

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
PFPR
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Orillia, Owen Sound
Start:

Fall - Orillia, Owen Sound

Winter - Orillia

Contact:
Owen Sound:

Michael MacLachlan

705-728-1968 ext. 2077

Orillia:

Simon Bradford

705-728-1968 ext. 3460

Students are provided with the knowledge and skills required of contemporary police officers. A common first year with the Protection, Security and Investigation program, provides students with an overall understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement in Canada and also allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study.

Second year students are provided with both academic and practical courses which develop the knowledge and skills demanded by today's Canadian police services. Areas of study include forensic crime scene examination, interview skills, use of force theory and application, police powers, and crisis intervention techniques. The physical training and career preparation components of the program are designed to prepare students to meet the specific demands of police recruitment processes.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation, as well as policing standards, regulations and guidelines


  • analyze all relevant information and make effective and legally defensible decisions in accordance with ethical and professional standards


  • be accountable for one's actions when carrying out all tasks


  • develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development


  • ensure the respect of human rights and freedoms in all interactions


  • work co-operatively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve mutual goals


  • collaborate in the development and implementation of community policing strategies


  • monitor, evaluate and document behaviours, situations and events accurately and discreetly in compliance with legal, professional, ethical and organizational requirements


  • mitigate risks and maintain order by applying effective strategies in crisis, conflict and emergency situations


  • take positive actions to help crime victims


  • conduct investigations by collecting, documenting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession


  • apply entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and approaches to active engagement and service within the community.
Fall Intake - Orillia, Owen Sound

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Winter Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Keyboarding ability, basic computer literacy and word processing skills are also recommended.

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

25 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

CJSR2000 Crisis Intervention
CJSR2003 Use of Force Applications
FITN1003 Physical Training 1
FITN1004 Healthy Living 1
FITN1005 Physical Training 2
FITN1006 Healthy Living 2
FITN2006 Physical Training for Policing 1
FITN2007 Physical Training For Policing 2
GNED2016 Social Psychology
GOVT1002 Government in Canadian Society
LAWS1010 Contemporary Legal Studies
PFPR1001 Criminal Justice in Canada
PFPR1003 Issues in Diversity
PFPR1010 Criminology
PFPR1022 Introduction to Policing
PFPR2004 Youth In Conflict With The Law
PFPR2008 Provincial Offences and Court Preparation Procedure
PFPR2030 Police Powers 1
PFPR2031 Traffic and Collision Investigation
PFPR2032 Forensic Crime Scene Investigation
PFPR2033 Career Entry Preparation
PFPR2034 Police Powers 2
PFPR2035 Investigation and Case Preparation
PFPR2036 Community Policing
PSYL1004 Mental Health Issues
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.

Applicants must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C or HCP certificate before participating in volunteer opportunities. It is recommended that First Aid and CPR training is completed prior to program entry.

View the Police Foundations articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

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Expo inspires potential police candidates

Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies faculty and approximately 200 Community Safety students in the Police Foundations and Police Studies degree program attended the 2014 Discover Policing Expo at Toronto Police College in October. Read more...

Portrait of Georgian Alumnus, Chief Michael Osborne in his uniform, smiling at the camera

Chief Michael Osborne

Chief of Police, Midland Police Service

Program:

Police Foundations (formerly Law and Security)

Year:

1987


Chief Michael Osborne’s motto is that life is truly what you make of it. He put that into practice on his career path to becoming Chief of Midland Police Service. He takes the responsibility of being a leader in municipal government further by acting on numerous community boards and committees. Read more...

Faculty member Geoff Booth wears light blue sweater.

Geoffrey Booth

Geoff has been a faculty member at Georgian College since 1998. He has taught courses in public safety and emergency services, as well as the University Partnership Centre. He has designed several politics and history-related courses and has participated in several program launches and course renewals. In addition to teaching degrees, Geoff holds a BA, MA and PhD. Read more...

Faculty member Simon Bradford wearing a checked shirt.

Simon Bradford

Simon has spent 31 years in policing with the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police. During his career, he carried out general, traffic and investigative duties. He also worked at the Ontario Police College and the OPP General Headquarters. His last assignment was acting inspector assigned to the integrated security unit working the G8 Summit in Huntsville. Read more...

Police Foundations teacher Lance Triskle.

Lance Triskle

When asked why students should choose Georgian College, Orillia Campus, and the Police Foundations program, faculty member Lance Triskle replied: "First, Georgian College has a fantastic team of individuals dedicated to the advancement and success of students. We continue every day to create the most welcoming learning environment for our students." Read more...

Faculty member Paul Kelly in a suit, tie and beige trench coat.

Paul Kelly

Paul retired from the Ontario Provincial Police at the rank of inspector in 2013 after 31 years of service. His industry experience includes traffic enforcement, collision investigation and general law enforcement, as well as managing a wide range of functions within the OPP such as operational policy and strategic planning, corporate community policing, chief instructor at the Provincial Police Academy and commander of the Midland detachment. Read more...

Joshua Barath, instructor in Police and Community and Justice programs, wearing glasses and sweater.

Joshua Barath

Joshua has nearly 10 years of practical institutional and community-based work experience in the field of justice and correctional services, specifically in the areas of special offender populations, youth crime and justice. Read more...

A large group of students stand in front of a tour bus

Expo inspires potential police candidates

Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies faculty and approximately 200 Community Safety students in the Police Foundations and Police Studies degree program attended the 2014 Discover Policing Expo at Toronto Police College in October. Read more...

Two female students sort clothing in a grocery cart at Scott Mission.

Owen Sound students open hearts to homeless

Students from the Police Foundations, Personal Support Worker and Early Childhood Education programs at the Owen Sound Campus hopped on a bus recently and ventured to Toronto to volunteer at the Scott Mission men’s shelter. Read more...

A student wearing a mask and gloves drops some liquid onto a slide for testing.

Owen Sound Campus Police Foundations students tie for first place in CSI Challenge

Owen Sound Campus Police Foundations students put their investigative skills to the test, helping to solve a “homicide” in an inter-college competition. Georgian College tied for first place with Fleming College in the Sheridan College CSI Challenge held March 7 in Brampton. A total of six colleges took part. Read more...

A group of students stand outside holding targets to their chests.

Police Foundations students practise firearm safety

Members of the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association welcomed second-year Police Foundations students to their open-air facility recently, just south of Owen Sound. Members provided instruction on firearm safety using a variety of weapons. Students then tried their hands at skeet and target shooting. For many, skeet shooting was their favourite part of the day! Read more...

A large group of students standing with shopping carts full of food

Orillia students do the Turkey Trot

Students from the Community Safety Program Task Force at the Orillia Campus worked alongside various college partners on Oct. 4 to gather food and donations for a community event they organized called the Turkey Trot. Read more...

Live officer training session

Nine Police Foundations students attended Toronto Police Headquarters with Co-ordinator Simon Bradford to participate in a training session for police officers. Students participated with officers training to become skilled in human resources processes. Read more...

A group of Georgian College policing students will hike 300-kilometres to raise funds for a retreat for Canadian heroes and fallen soldiers.

Georgian students’ 300-kilometre trek honours Canadian heroes, fallen soldiers

A group of policing students from Georgian’s Orillia Campus took part in Ruck to Remember, a seven-day 300-kilometre trek from Hamilton to Parry Sound. The event raised money to build a retreat in Northern Ontario for veterans and first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more...

Elder Abuse workshop raises awareness for Owen Sound students

More than 300 Georgian College students, faculty and community volunteers enjoyed an interactive workshop about the issue of elder abuse on Nov. 20 at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. The workshop was sponsored by the Owen Sound Attack Hockey Organization and Georgian College. Read more...

Keith, in military fatigues standing at the top of a tower in Iraq

Keith Dow

Student, Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) program

I spent five years with the U.S. Army as a military police team leader, which included law enforcement assignments in Washington and Italy and one combat deployment to Iraq. I’m proud to be a veteran. Read more...

Vicky Boyington in a Karate uniform and black belt, holding a karate pose

Vicky Boyington

I enrolled at Georgian to increase my value as candidate for a policing career. When I started I expected to expand my knowledge, what I didn't expect was how the Police foundations Program would encompass all the skill required for a complete portfolio. Read more...

Ruckers register for Base Borden Run

Students at the Orillia Campus are at it again – raising funds for a good cause. Led by Police Foundations student Keith Dow, the group that participated in Ruck to Remember in July signed up for the Base Borden Run in September. Keith was on The Dock radio today, plugging the event. Read more...

Students dressed in black and white pose for a group shot.

Committee gives kudos to Police Foundations students

Students from the Police Foundations program participated in Seducing Dr. Zeus on Feb. 21 – a fundraising event supporting the Orillia and Area Physician Retention and Recruitment Committee and its efforts to ensure long-term primary health care in the region. Read more...

A group of students in a classroom hold up the gifts they've assembled for people in their community

Owen Sound police students start a career of giving

First-year Police Foundations students at the Owen Sound Campus are giving back this December. They were given a pre-wrapped shoebox by instructor Mike MacLachlan to fill for a local charity. Students returned the shoeboxes, filled with toys. Read more...

Police Foundations student Christina Sigouin in a labcoat, looking through magnifying glass

Christina Sigouin

I liked the fact that OPP headquarters was next door. The teachers are very approachable, easy to talk to. They’re there for you. Most are, or were, police officers. They’re all really smart, they know their stuff. Learning from them, hearing their stories, is very interesting. Read more...

Three students dressed in warm clothing. one holds a sign saying Community Safety Task Force team captain.

Coldest Night warms up streets of Orillia

The streets of Orillia were packed recently with walkers aiming to help the homeless in the community. Among them were Human Services and Community Safety students from Georgian’s Community Safety Task Force, studying in such areas as policing, corrections and security. Read more...

Police Foundations students volunteer at Thursday Night Lights

When the Innisdale Invaders went head-to-head with the Tritons from Nantyr Shores at Thursday Night Lights, Georgian Police Foundations students were there to make sure audience members stayed safe. Read more...

Two injured girls with neck braces sit in a car.

Police Foundations, Paramedic students face “emergency” in Meaford

It looked like a real-life emergency. Two vehicles – a car and a van, had crashed on the outskirts of Meaford on a drizzly, overcast day. Smoke was pouring from the van, and two people were still inside the car, injured. Blood ran from the mouth of the passenger. That’s the scene that confronted Georgian College Georgian Police Foundations students from the Owen Sound Campus and Paramedic students from the Barrie Campus on Wednesday, March 25. Luckily for all involved it was a staged event, part of a hands-on police, fire, and EMS training day at the Meaford Fire Training Centre. Read more...

Students volunteer at the Scott Mission

In Feb. 2012, first-year Police Foundations students from the Owen Sound Campus made their yearly trek to Toronto to donate a day to volunteering at the Scott Mission. After a short tour, they were sent to various areas to work alongside regular volunteers. Read more...

Students sign book of condolences for slain RCMP officer

Police Foundations students at the Owen Sound Campus organized a community signing of a book of condolences for the family of slain RCMP Const. David Matthew Wynn. Const. Wynn was fatally shot Jan. 17, 2015 while investigating the theft of a vehicle in St. Albert. Read more...

Sports Day brings Orillia community safety students together

As far as trust-building exercises go, there’s nothing quite like relying on your teammate for instruction on how to safely tackle an obstacle course blindfolded. Read more...

Company hires students on the spot for Pan Am security

Georgian students had the opportunity to interview for employment at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games thanks to a partnership with Contemporary Security Canada. Contemporary anticipated hiring approximately 50 students from Orillia, but hired 142 instead. Read more...

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Police Foundation students create media challenge for OPP

OPP staff approached Georgian's Police Foundations program recently for help in reaching its target audience, namely those under 25, with a message about the perils of unsafe driving. Students from the second-year Police Foundations course Traffic Law and Collision Investigation course participated. Read more...

Portrait of Georgian Alumnus, Chief Michael Osborne in his uniform, smiling at the camera

Chief Michael Osborne

Chief of Police, Midland Police Service

Program:

Police Foundations (formerly Law and Security)

Year:

1987


Chief Michael Osborne’s motto is that life is truly what you make of it. He put that into practice on his career path to becoming Chief of Midland Police Service. He takes the responsibility of being a leader in municipal government further by acting on numerous community boards and committees. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Owen Sound

Contact:
Michael MacLachlan
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 2077

Orillia

Contact:
Simon Bradford
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3460

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