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 2019 Orillia, Owen Sound
Winter 2020 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

Career opportunities

Diverse opportunities within the field of policing are available to graduates, including employment with Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial police services, municipal/regional police organizations, private policing services, the Canadian Forces Military Police, and various other justice agencies.

Potential students with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situation with college counsellors before enrolling in the program. In some cases, an official criminal record may make it more difficult for students to find related employment after graduation.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission details

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


Mandatory courses

  • FITN 1014 - Fitness and Wellness 1 (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1005 - Introduction to Security Skills (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1017 - Canadian Criminal Justice (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1018 - Government in Canadian Society (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1019 - Diversity Awareness (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1015 - Fitness and Wellness 2 (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1020 - Introduction to Criminal Law (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1021 - Public Safety and Emergency Management (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 1022 - Interviewing and Documentation (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 1022 - Introduction to Policing (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2015 - Fitness and Wellness for Policing 3 (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2048 - Mental Health in the Workplace (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2030 - Police Powers (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2031 - Traffic Management (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2032 - Forensic Crime Scene Investigation (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2042 - Career Entry Preparation (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2016 - Fitness and Wellness for Policing 4 (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2049 - Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2050 - Youth Justice in Canada (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2008 - Provincial Statutes (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2043 - Weapons and Drugs (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2044 - Criminology in Police Foundations (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PFPR 2045 - Community Policing Advanced Perspectives (Semester 4 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 3)