Program Overview

Fanshawe’s one-year Advanced Law Enforcement graduate certificate program prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of law enforcement and security professions from private investigator and special constable to police investigator and border services officer.
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Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September

Your Learning Experience

Fanshawe is a leading law enforcement college in Ontario. This intensive program is completed in two 15-week semesters, each concluding with a five-week field placement that will immerse you in experiential learning opportunities with law enforcement, investigative and security agencies.


You’ll broaden your knowledge and skill set to meet employer needs. The curriculum has been developed with input from experts in law enforcement, corrections, investigations and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to address the current needs of the industry. The program ensures graduates meet physical fitness standards and use of defensive tactics, mental health awareness and care, crisis intervention and conflict management, record keeping and inter-professional communications and testifying in court. 


  • Sector-specific content includes regulatory enforcement, security for specialized environments and customs and border protection. 
  • You’ll also receive instruction in investigative techniques including foot and vehicle surveillance and the use of surveillance technologies.
  • The primary pathway to Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security is from the two-year Protection, Security and Investigation diploma program. 
  • Secondary pathways exist from the two-year Police Foundations diploma program and related programs (e.g., criminology degree from a university).


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security program develop the specialized knowledge, skills and abilities for a variety of law enforcement and security fields, including:

  • Municipal bylaw enforcement (bylaw enforcement officer);
  • Provincial enforcement (peace officer, environment officer, conservation officer, forestry officer, alcohol and gaming inspector);
  • Private investigation (private investigator);
  • Site security (e.g., security guard, security officer, special constable in hospitals, courthouses, transportation and logistics, post-secondary institutions, airports or special events);
  • Retail security (e.g., loss prevention officer);
  • Cash services (e.g., armoured security);
  • Canadian Border Services Agency (e.g., border services officer);
  • National security and intelligence (e.g., intelligence officer, surveillance); and
  • Corrections (e.g., correctional officer).

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here’s a selection of employment opportunities graduates of Fanshawe’s Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations & Security program:

Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
Investigate infractions and confirm compliance of municipal by-laws in accordance with council policy.

Hospital Security
Ensure the safety and security of patients, visitors, staff and building facilities.

Border Services Officer
Keep Canadians safe by stopping weapons, drugs and inadmissible people from entering the country.

Correctional Officer 

Enhancing public safety by encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens.

The Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigation and Security program at Fanshawe College was truly a unique and unforgettable experience. The content had a large range, allowing students to explore different possible law enforcement careers, learning from those who are in the related field. I enjoyed that the class size was small, which created a closer and more open learning experience, allowing for better connections between the students, as well as with the professors. My favourite part was the placement because it truly gave an inside look on different law enforcement jobs and changed my perspective on what the jobs actually entail. The co-op, and the program itself, exceeded my expectations, and because of it, brought me to my current job as a Security Guard with LHSC

Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security
Devin Hussey
Learning Outcomes
  1. Conduct enforcement, investigative and security activities in accordance with legislative requirements as well as professional, ethical and organizational standards.
  2. Maintain a personal fitness level necessary to meet or exceed occupational fitness standards.
  3. Use defensive tactics within a legal framework to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
  4. Prepare documents, including notes, logs, and reports, to clearly and accurately record observations, actions and findings.
  5. Participate in court proceedings by preparing crown briefs, providing testimony, and presenting evidence.
  6. Conduct complex investigations and surveillance activities using advanced techniques, including vehicle surveillance.
  7. Collect, preserve and record evidence, including digital evidence, in accordance with legislative requirements and recognized protocols.
  8. Assess situations to anticipate, mitigate and manage security issues.
  9. Administer and enforce laws, bylaws and regulations by investigating and resolving complaints, promoting compliance, and issuing infraction notices.
  10. Use appropriate problem-solving skills, non-violent intervention techniques, and other intervention strategies to effectively manage and resolve conflict and crisis situations.
  11. Employ appropriate intervention strategies to manage mental health situations to ensure the safety and security of all stakeholders.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Bill Merrylees


Admission Requirements


  • Protection, Security and Investigation Ontario College Diploma
  • Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma
  • A Degree in a related discipline (as determined by the College) upon completion of bridging program offered at Fanshawe College
  • An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
  • Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*

Proof of having achieved level 4.5 on the Leger 20-meter Shuttle Run Test

Pass a pre-screening that determines eligibility for field placement**


* Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.

** Applicants are advised that an individuals driving history, illicit drug use, criminal convictions, criminal associations and other personal behaviours may result in an applicant being ineligible for placement and therefore will not be eligible to graduate from the Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security program.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of  80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

Applicants are advised that driving history, illicit drug use, criminal convictions, criminal associations and other personal behaviours may result in an applicant being ineligible for placement and therefore ineligible to graduate from Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security.

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive:

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level “C” CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Possession of a valid class 'G' driver's licence and a driver's abstract that validates that the applicant has no more than 6 demerit points at program start
  • Proof of having achieved the Ontario Police Fitness Award (OPFA) or successfully completed the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) within the six months prior to commencement of the program
  • Completion of Introduction to Incident Management System IMS 100 (Emergency Management Ontario)
  • Security Guard License (issued by Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services)
  • Clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed within six months prior to application
  • An interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for field placement
  • Successful background screening conducted by a placement agency on behalf of the College


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRE-6001Personal Fitness & Defensive Tactics 11
In this course, students participate in a physical fitness program in preparation for the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and Fitness Test for Ontario Correctional Officer Applicants (FITCO). These occupational tests are used to assess ability to perform the physical demands of law enforcement and security. The fitness program targets cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Students monitor their progress as well as their nutrition and stress levels. This course also introduces students to use of force and defensive tactics.
LAWS-6039Legislative Authority & Liability1
Course outlines legislative authority at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government for private law enforcement and security with a special focus on Ontario's Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, and associated regulations. Students examine relevant policies and procedures and the impact of legislation on day-to-day law enforcement and security activities. Students explore related liability, ethical and professional issues.
COMM-6036Professional Communication1
This course focuses on specific written and verbal communication skills required by law enforcement and security professionals. Through simulations and exercises students will learn to communicate in a clear, concise and professional manner to diverse audiences in a range of situations including emergencies and crisis situations. Students develop their note taking skills and complete various occupation specific documents (occurrence reports, internal reports, court briefs, investigative reports - summaries and analysis reports. Verbal communication skills include the use of telecommunications, media communications and intercultural communications.
PFLP-6006Court Preparation1
APS2 - A successful prosecution begins with complete preparation. This course will teach the role of the police officer in preparing for court from charging documents to bail hearings, release forms and provisions, and Crown counsel briefs. Students will prepare a case from start to finish, having regard for the continuity of physical evidence, proving facts in issue while justifying one's actions in simulated court proceedings. Co-requisite(s) for this course:PFLP-6003 - PROVINCIAL STATUTESPFLP-6005 - ADVANCED CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONPFLP-6022 - COMMUNICATIONS I ALE1 - A successful prosecution begins with complete preparation. This course will teach the role of the police, provincial or municipal officers in preparing for court from charging documents to bail hearings, release forms and provisions, and to the result of the Crown Brief. Students will prepare a case from start to finish, having regard for the continuity of physical evidence, proving facts in issue while justifying one's actions in simulated court proceedings.
SRTY-6005Security 1-Adv1.5
Course prepares students to provide security in specialized environments (e.g., healthcare settings, courthouses, transportation and logistics, post-secondary institutions, retail settings, office and commercial environments, industrial facilities, hotels and residential high-rise buildings, and). Students explore roles and responsibilities, operating and reporting procedures, and security concerns within these specialized environments. Students also receive basic training in the use of two-way radios, fire extinguishers, and alarm systems, and the operation of a security control centre. Students participate in scenarios set in various environments using appropriate strategies and procedures.
PSFY-6001Provincial & Municipal Enforcement1
Students explore the field of regulatory enforcement at the provincial and municipal levels. Students study legal authority, powers, and duties of enforcement officers, and become familiar with the Provincial Offences Act. Various strategies for enforcement and compliance are discussed, as well as the challenges in interpreting regulations and bylaws. Specific requirements for various provincial and municipal enforcement roles are explored (e.g., conservation officer, environmental enforcement officer, bylaw enforcement officer). Current trends in enforcement will be explored.
PSFY-6002Vehicle Safety & Driving Skills1.5
Students learn that driving is a complex cognitive process and discover how human factors influence decision-making when operating a motor vehicle. Students improve their driving skills in a classroom using a driving simulator and in live traffic while operating a vehicle under faculty supervision. Vehicle safety, particularly as it relates to operating security and surveillance vehicles, is integrated into the practical component of this course.
SRTY-6006Security & Corrections2
This advanced course will examine legislation, policy and procedures related to the new models employed by Corrections as they move into the next decade. Students will examine the challenges associated in dealing with incarcerated persons and the need to understand the culture associated with such. Discussions on parole, probation and integration will also be included in the content of this course.
DEVL-6020Ethics & Professionalism1
This course prepares students for the paramilitary structure and professional expectations of law enforcement and security agencies, with specific reference to the Code of Conduct Regulation under Ontario's Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005.Through occupation-specific case studies, students apply ethical decision-making and appropriate leadership models. Students also visit several workplace environments in order to determine placement priorities for Practicum I.
FLDP-6019Security Practicum 14
Students participate in a five-week practicum with a law enforcement or security agency, Students accompany their assigned mentor in as many situations as possible, observing both day-to-day duties and the workplace culture. Students may be expected to work shifts, weekends and holidays, depending on the practicum host. During the practicum, students participate in guided online discussions describing how they are applying the knowledge, skills and abilities developed through the program.
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Tuition Summary


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Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.