Police Foundations

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Program Code: 1250

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus

Email: communitystudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5303

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.

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.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED-129 Principles of Psychology Progress Campus
PFPR-101 Canadian Criminal Justice System Progress Campus
PFPR-104 Principles of Ethical and Moral Reasoning Progress Campus
PFPR-106 Professional Police Standards Progress Campus
PFPR-107 Introduction to Police Practice Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
PFPR-125 Criminology for Policing Progress Campus
PFPR-129 Fitness 1 Progress Campus
PFPR-130 Communication Skills Progress Campus
PFPR-131 Current Criminal Justice Progress Campus
PFPR-132 Criminal Code & Police Powers Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
PFPR-204 Interviewing and Investigations Progress Campus
PFPR-205 Youth in Conflict with the Law Morningside Campus
PFPR-206 Provincial Offences Progress Campus
PFPR-207 Conflict Management Progress Campus
PFPR-212 Crime Scene Management Progress Campus
PFPR-213 Fitness 2 Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
PFPR-228 Investigation and Evidentiary Procedures Progress Campus
PFPR-229 Use of Force Progress Campus
PFPR-230 Fitness 3 Progress Campus
PFPR-231 Community & Experiential Policing Progress Campus
PFPR-232 Police Preparation Progress Campus
PFPR-233 Ontario Highway Traffic Act Progress Campus

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

Educational Partners

Qualified Centennial College graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Police Foundations program's educational partners are:

  • Brock University
  • Conestoga College
  • Georgian College
  • Griffith University
  • Humber College
  • Laurentian University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Career Outlook

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

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: You will receive an invitation to attend a Police Foundations program admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,012.00 $3,779.00
International $12,400.00 $2,207.00 $14,607.00