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Police Foundations

Centennial College’s Police Foundations program is geared towards those who have an interest in police, security and investigation-related occupations in both the public and private sectors.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: $15,385
Location: Pickering, Canada / Online

In this joint diploma program, you spend two years taking Police Foundations courses in the School of Community and Health Studies that cover:

  • Current laws
  • Investigative techniques
  • Conflict resolution techniques
  • Criminal proceedings
  • Community policing principles

The time you spend in the Police Foundations courses results in the ability to communicate efficiently, act as a problem-solver, work effectively in teams and help people in the community.

Program Highlights

  • The Police Foundations program consists of intense training, equivalent to that of a paramilitary environment, which helps you to develop discipline and deportment.
  • Courses are based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life.

Once you complete your Police Foundations courses, you will be able to:

  • Document, prepare and assist in the presentation of court cases in compliance with criminal and provincial law, rules of evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Assess the use of police powers.
  • Initiate, promote and facilitate partnerships to meet community policing and security needs.
  • Assess the relationship of policing services to other participants in the criminal justice system and other community service agencies.
  • Make sound decisions based on an evaluation of situations.
  • Cope with stress and optimize physical fitness and wellness.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of political science, law and legislative policy making and public administration to the provision of police services.
  • Assess information-gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques.
  • Assess crisis intervention strategies.
  • Develop strategies to assist victims of crime.

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Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Police officer
  • Customs and excise officer
  • Security officer
  • Military police
  • Corrections officer
  • Private security officer (in loss prevention and corporate security)
  • Investigator

Areas of Employment

  • Law enforcement including police services
  • Private sector policing
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Armed forces
  • Loss prevention
  • Corporate security
  • Corrections officers
  • Customs and excise officers
  • Investigators in wide and varied fields such as animal cruelty, by-law enforcement and the
  • Canadian military (especially military police), municipal, provincial, federal and Aboriginal policing services, private and university policing, investigation, evidence and criminal investigations, Internet crime computer forensics

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