Police Foundations Extraordinary learning experiences and community connections. Develop your knowledge and competitive skills for life and career success.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Owen Sound, Orillia
Winter 2019 Orillia

Program description

Students participate in both academic and practical courses that develop the knowledge and skills demanded by Canadian police services. A common first year with the Protection/Security and Investigation program and the Community and Justice Service program allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study. During the first year, students focus on gaining an understanding of criminal justice in Canada as well as practicing healthy and active lifestyles related to law enforcement.

In this program, students focus on forensic crime scene investigation, interview skills, use of force theory and application, police powers, and crisis intervention techniques. Physical training and career preparation components of the program are designed to prepare students to meet the specific demands of police recruitment processes and a career in the field.

Additional program specific fees for Police Foundations

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 with 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

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

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.


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


Mandatory Courses

  • PFPR1022 Introduction to Policing
  • FITN1014 Fitness and Wellness 1
  • FITN1015 Fitness and Wellness 2
  • FITN2015 Fitness and Wellness for Policing 3
  • FITN2016 Fitness and Wellness for Policing 4
  • LAWS1018 Government in Canadian Society
  • LAWS1022 Interviewing and Documentation
  • LAWS1005 Introduction to Security Skills
  • LAWS1020 Introduction to Criminal Law
  • LAWS1021 Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • LAWS1017 Canadian Criminal Justice
  • LAWS1019 Diversity Awareness
  • LAWS2048 Mental Health in the Workplace
  • LAWS2049 Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention
  • LAWS2050 Youth Justice in Canada
  • PFPR2008 Provincial Statutes
  • PFPR2030 Police Powers
  • PFPR2031 Traffic Management
  • PFPR2032 Forensic Crime Scene Investigation
  • PFPR2042 Career Entry Preparation
  • PFPR2045 Community Policing Advanced Perspectives
  • PFPR2044 Criminology in Police Foundations
  • PFPR2043 Weapons and Drugs

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