Earn a certificate in law enforcement - 2021/2022
Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security is an Ontario College Graduate Certificate that prepares graduates to successfully enter the workforce as law enforcement and security professionals.
This intensive program is completed in two semesters; each semester concludes with a five-week field placement where students will be engaged in experiential learning with law enforcement, investigative and security agencies.
Through this graduate-level program, students broaden their knowledge base and skill set in law enforcement, investigations and security to improve their employability and prepare for advancement to supervisory roles.
Specialized curriculum addresses the needs of the industry including physical fitness, mental health awareness, crisis intervention, communications and court preparation better preparing the graduate for careers in law enforcement, corrections, CBSA and investigations. Students also receive instruction in investigative techniques, including foot and vehicle surveillance, and the use of associated technologies.
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
- 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 the Ontario Police Fitness Award (OPFA) or successfully completed the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) within six months prior to commencement of the program
Pass an aptitude 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.
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
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, 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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Achievement in the aptitude test with at least a minimum of 50%
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
Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security-2021/2022
|PHRE-6001||Personal Fitness & Defensive Tactics 1||1|
|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-6039||Legislative Authority & Liability||1|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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-6001||Provincial & Municipal Enforcement||1|
|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-6002||Vehicle Safety & Driving Skills||1.5|
|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-6006||Security & Corrections||2|
|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-6020||Ethics & Professionalism||1|
|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-6019||Security Practicum 1||4|
|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.|
|PHRE-6002||Personal Fitness & Defensive Tactics 2||1|
|In this course, students participate in a physical fitness program to maintain their ability to pass the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and Fitness Test for Ontario Correctional Officer Applicants (FITCO). Students monitor their progress through testing and self-evaluation, adjusting the program to meet their personal fitness needs. The curriculum explores the relationship between physical health and mental health. Students learn advanced defensive tactics, including search techniques, and the importance of officer safety.|
|Introduces students to cyber security, from measures used by government, businesses and individuals to protect the digital assets and infrastructure from cyber attacks to techniques used in cyber crime investigations and forensics. Students identify common threats to computer security and outline techniques used to minimize the risk of a security breach. Drawing on Canada's Cyber Security Strategy, students analyze the role of private and public sector law enforcement in protecting Canada's digital infrastructure.|
|BSCI-6020||Crisis Intervention/Conflict Resolution||2|
|Students develop the ability to confidently and competently intervene in crisis situations and resolve conflicts. The curriculum explores causes of conflict and presents effective assessment, recognition and intervention strategies. Strategies include communication techniques and specifically focus on non-violent and respectful problem-solving strategies Students participate in role-plays that simulate typical crisis and conflict scenarios encountered in law enforcement and security. Students have the opportunity for certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention from the Crisis Prevention Institute.|
|HLTH-6046||Mental Health & Society||1|
|This course provides an overview of mental health for public safety practitioners. The curriculum covers definitions of mental health and mental illness, as well as relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act. Students examine the prevalence of mental illness in Canada and learn about the mental status examination, symptoms and treatment strategies for various mental illnesses, and strategies used when interacting with people experiencing a mental illness. The course also explores mental illness myths and social stigma. Students complete a research project on a mental illness and have the opportunity to complete the Mental Health First Aid certificate.|
|SRTY-6008||Investigation & Surveillance-Adv||2|
|This course outlines the investigative processes currently used by law enforcement and security agencies across Canada. Through simulations, students determine and apply appropriate investigative techniques to collect and analyze the information and evidence critical to successful criminal and civil investigations. Students conduct active foot and vehicle surveillance on subjects in a variety of settings using specialized equipment including a two-way radio and digital camera.|
|Building on Advanced Security I, this course prepares students to conduct security assessments and present customized security solutions and recommendations to a client and/or management. The security assessment requires a risk/threat assessment and recommendations may involve human resources as well as technology (e.g., access control, closed-circuit television, alarm systems, and biometric technology). The curriculum explores trends that impact day-to-day activities within the security sector. Students participate in increasingly complex security and law enforcement scenarios in varied environments.|
|SRTY-6010||Customs & Border Protection||1.5|
|This course provides an overview of the integrated border services provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and, in particular, its role in supporting national security priorities. The curriculum covers relevant laws (i.e., Canada Border Services Agency Act, Customs Act), regulations and procedures. Students specifically examine the role of Border Services Officers (BSOs) as the first line of defence in preventing inadmissible people, contraband and other illegal substances from entering Canada. The role of BSOs in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration is also explored.|
|Building on Professional Practice I, this course prepares students for entry-level employment in law enforcement and security organizations. Through self-reflection involving analysis of the Practicum 1 experience as well as their strengths, interests and personal goals, students articulate short- and long-term career goals. Students prepare an occupation-specific resume and portfolio and participate in mock interviews with HR professionals.|
|FLDP-6020||Security Practicum 2||4|
|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. In consultation with the practicum host, students identify and analyze a workplace-related procedural issue/challenge/problem and propose innovative evidence-based recommendations.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Graduates of Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security develop the advanced and specialized knowledge, skills and abilities for a variety of law enforcement and security fields:
- 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 or Special Constable in hospitals, courthouses, transportation and logistics, post-secondary institutions, airports, 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)
- Corrections (e.g., Correctional Officer)
More Information - 2021/2022
Campus Code: ALE1 (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Public Safety: 519-452-4222
Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security is an Ontario College Graduate Certificate that prepares graduates to successfully enter the workforce as law enforcement and security professionals. This intensive program is completed in two terms, with each term concluding with a five-week field placement. Through this graduate-level program students broaden their knowledge base and skill set in law enforcement, investigations and security to improve their employability and prepare for advancement to supervisory roles.
Core competencies include physical fitness, use of defensive tactics, professional communication, mental health awareness, court preparation, crisis intervention and conflict management. Sector-specific content includes regulatory enforcement, security for specialized environments, and customs and border protection. Students also receive instruction in investigative techniques, including foot and vehicle surveillance, and the use of associated technologies.
- Conduct enforcement, investigative and security activities in accordance with legislative requirements as well as professional, ethical and organizational standards.
- Maintain a personal fitness level necessary to meet or exceed occupational fitness standards.
- Use defensive tactics within a legal framework to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.
- Prepare documents, including notes, logs, and reports, to clearly and accurately record observations, actions and findings.
- Participate in court proceedings by preparing crown briefs, providing testimony, and presenting evidence.
- Conduct complex investigations and surveillance activities using advanced techniques, including vehicle surveillance.
- Collect, preserve and record evidence, including digital evidence, in accordance with legislative requirements and recognized protocols.
- Assess situations to anticipate, mitigate and manage security issues.
- Administer and enforce laws, bylaws and regulations by investigating and resolving complaints, promoting compliance, and issuing infraction notices.
- Use appropriate problem-solving skills, non-violent intervention techniques, and other intervention strategies to effectively manage and resolve conflict and crisis situations.
- Employ appropriate intervention strategies to manage mental health situations to ensure the safety and security of all stakeholders.
- The primary pathway to Advanced Law Enforcement, Investigations and Security is from Protection, Security and Investigation, a diploma program offered at 14 Ontario colleges, including Fanshawe College. Two secondary pathways are from Police Foundations and related degree programs. Police Foundations offered at 23 Ontario colleges, including Fanshawe College, and related degree programs (e.g., criminology) are offered at most Ontario universities.
- For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
Program DetailsMore details
2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.
Full Time Offerings
- Fanshawe's St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus encourages adult learners to consider educational options this fall.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fanshawe College has made the difficult decision to defer all fall 2020 convocation ceremonies.