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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
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Orillia
Fall 2022 Orillia, Owen Sound

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Police Foundations program?

Police Foundations 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/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 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.

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 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.

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 Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies degree.

What courses are included in the Police Foundations diploma program?

Course overview

23 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.

  • FITN 1014 – Fitness and Wellness 1
  • LAWS 1005 – Introduction to Security Skills
  • LAWS 1017 – Canadian Criminal Justice
  • LAWS 1018 – Government in Canadian Society
  • LAWS 1019 – Diversity Awareness
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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