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Embark on a career in policing and law enforcement

Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma program

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

Program code PFPR
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time
Full-time program delivery method(s) Hybrid +
In person
What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

Students engage in academic and practical courses to develop the knowledge and skills demanded by Canadian police services. Forensic crime scene investigation, interview skills, use of force theory and application, police powers, and crisis intervention techniques are areas of focus. The physical training and career preparation components of the program prepare students to meet the specific demands of police recruitment processes and a career in the field.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2023 Orillia, Owen Sound
Winter 2024 Orillia

*Program delivery methods apply to full-time programs only. Please contact recruitment for more information about the delivery method at the campus you’re interested in.

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Police Foundations program?

Police Foundations admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • 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/academic-regulations/

Pathways

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 for Prior Learning website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Additional information

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

What career paths can I take in policing and public safety?

Your Police Foundations diploma gives you many career opportunities

Diverse opportunities within the field of policing may be 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.

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

Wazeer Rahiman
I can say, without hesitation, that I regularly use the knowledge and skills I learned in the Police Foundations program in my everyday work. I am proud to be a graduate of Georgian College and glad that I took the program.Wazeer Rahiman, Constable at South Simcoe Police Service (Read more about Wazeer’s story)

Pathways

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 Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree.

What courses are included in the Police Foundations diploma program?

Course overview

21 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Police Foundations program outline.

  • LAWS 1005 – Introduction to Security Skills
  • LAWS 1017 – Canadian Criminal Justice
  • LAWS 1021 – Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • LAWS 1022 – Interviewing and Documentation
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)

Hybrid

This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

Do you have questions about Police Foundations? Contact us!

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