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Jump start your police recruitment process today - 2022/2023

Policing is an honourable and challenging profession. It requires a dynamic and diverse set of technical, personal and investigative skills. If "Deeds Not Words" is a mantra you can get behind, the Fanshawe Advanced Police Studies program will prepare you for an honourable career in policing.

But first, you need a recruitment advantage to succeed in the competitive and modern policing world. Skills that put you in the upper percentile of qualified policing candidates. Enhance your recruitment potential by building oral, written, and investigative skills, learning holistic approaches to resolving conflict. Experience the ins and outs of social services referral, court prosecution and alternative dispute resolution, and refine your ability to analyze and make appropriate decisions in complex situations. The modern police force needs modern candidates, armed with a diverse knowledge base and socially conscious.

As well, your new skills will be tested by two in-the-field Practicums whose learning environments will reflect the standards of the real Police Service. Upon completion, you’ll have gained first-hand experience of the role of a police officer, under authentic conditions.

Photo of Constable Jordan Wubbs

I am a recent graduate of the Advanced Police Studies (APS) program as of 2017 and highly believe this program Fanshawe offers is the stepping-stone anyone needs if they are looking at pursuing a career in law enforcement. Also, being a recent graduate from the Ontario Police College (OPC), the APS program provided me with the essential tools and scenario-based learning that OPC requires. The staff are extremely knowledgeable in the law enforcement field and did not hesitate to assist with every step of the hiring processes. I am currently employed as a Police Constable with the Woodstock Police Service for just over two years and continue to use the knowledge, skills and abilities learned from the program to assist with career progression to this day.

Constable Jordan Wubbs
Woodstock Police Service - employed since September 2017



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

- 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 stage 6 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 Police Studies 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 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

Applicants are advised that an individual's 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 Police Studies program. 

The following items are applicable to the program and are required by April 1st:

  • Possession of a valid 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
  • Clear (no criminal offences) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) completed no earlier than February 1st
  • Successful background screening conducted by a police agency on behalf of the College


Advanced Police Studies-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PFLP-6001Advanced Fitness & Lifestyle Management2
This course will focus on the physical fitness tests used in the field of policing. Students will be required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain their overall physical fitness level. Students are required to successfully complete the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP), Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and the Ontario Police Fitness Award (PIN) testing. Students will address self-responsibility, physical fitness, nutrition, stress management and will develop strategies designed to meet their fitness and wellness goals.
COMM-6022Communications 11
Good communication skills are essential for success in law enforcement. This first level course will focus on written communication skills, including notebooks, occurrence reports, and court briefs. Students will learn how to use a records management system to log and search for information and file reports. Spelling and grammatical skills will be emphasized.
PFLP-6002Community Policing2
Police and the community work hand in hand to create a proactive, problem-solving approach to keep the community safe. Students will research and learn theory and practical application of community policing strategies, including problem oriented policing, crime analysis, crime prevention, and methods of community engagement. This course will prepare the student for the Community Policing Project in Semester 2.
PFLP-6003Provincial Statutes1
Front-line officers spend a large portion of their patrol time enforcing provincial statutes such as the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Trespass to Property Act, Mental Health Act and utilize the Provincial Offences Act. Students in this course will practice the application of these statutes and will familiarize themselves with the appropriate forms and related enforcement activities.
PFLP-6004Conflict Resolution1
This course will address the continuum of conflict situations from peer resolution to mediation to intervention in crisis situations. Assessment, recognition and intervention strategies including effective communication and non-violent crisis intervention skills will be learned and applied to practical scenarios.
PFLP-6005Advanced Criminal Investigation2
Students will conduct criminal investigations from offence to court appearance. Investigative practices learned and demonstrated will include: identifying criminal offences, conducting witness interviews and suspect interrogations, arrest procedures, evidence collection and continuity and the preparation of charging forms and release documents. In addition, students will practice statement analysis and other specialized investigative techniques to assist in solving crime. Students will have access to data management software for case management purposes.
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.
FLDP-6011Advanced Police Studies Practicum 14
The five-week block practicum at a local police service and/or University/College police service exposes the student to all aspects of routine police/peace officer life and duties. Students will be expected to work shifts, weekends and holidays if required. During the practicum, students will be required to participate in on-line guided discussions related to their practicum experience, problems they encounter and to describe to fellow students how they are applying the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in the program.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PFLP-6007Advanced Fitness & Officer Safety3
This course will introduce students to defensive tactics and officer safety practices. Building on the concepts and practices learned in Advanced Fitness and Lifestyle Management, students will also maintain and improve their level of fitness through testing and through self-evaluation. Through lectures, practical application and self-evaluation, students will address components of a balanced lifestyle.
COMM-6023Communications 22
This second level communication course will focus on verbal skills. Students will learn to present information in a concise, professional manner in a variety of situations including emergent situations and community presentations. Students will also learn to use a telecommunication system and to use social media as an investigative tool.
PFLP-6008Community Policing Project1
Students will take a problem oriented policing approach to resolve an identified issue or need within a community. Students will engage with police agencies in the surrounding area to solicit real-time issues or needs. They will research and develop a plan to address the problem or need with the potential of implementation of the strategy by the police agency. The student will do a presentation to their host police agency and or the course faculty.
PFLP-6009Crime Scene Investigation2
Professional practice in gathering evidence is essential to a successful investigation. Students will learn techniques to gather physical evidence and apply those skills to practical scenarios. Students will be instructed in all commonly used technology. Assessment of performance in this course will be integrated with the course on court preparation.
PFLP-6010Police Vehicle Safety & Driving Skills1
Students will learn that driving is a complex cognitive process and how human factors influence decision making when operating a motor vehicle. They will enhance their practical driving skills in a classroom using a computerized driving simulator and in live traffic operating a simulated police cruiser. Traffic stop procedures and officer safety awareness will be integrated into the practical component of this course with an emphasis on statistically high collision scenarios.
PFLP-6011Ethics & Leadership2
More than ever before, professional behavior in policing is coming under public scrutiny. Officers must practice morally strong, value-driven enforcement activities. This course integrates ethical decision-making with strong leadership skills. Students will use case studies and practical scenarios to apply leadership and ethical decision-making models.
PFLP-6012Police Applicant Process & Preparation1
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Constable Selection System governs the process for hiring police officers within the Province. This course will review testing and recruiting procedures and will emphasize both the individual and panel hiring interviews. Students will develop a portfolio, participate in mock testing and interviews and have the opportunity to self-assess based on feedback from current/former police officers and reflecting on their performance.
FLDP-6012Advanced Police Studies Practicum 24
During this second practicum, students will again experience a five-week practicum with a police service or college police service. On-line guided discussions will allow the students to share experiences and describe the application of capabilities developed during their time in the program.

Program Residency
Students must complete a minimum of 8 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

Through the use of specialized courses and field practicum experiences with a police services agency, the Advanced Police Studies program will prepare students for a career as a Police Officer or Special Constable.

More Information - 2022/2023

A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: APS2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Public Safety: 519-452-4222

Program Description

This intensive program provides students with specialized knowledge and advanced skills to prepare graduates to become competent police recruit candidates. The curriculum focuses on the practical application of community policing models, provincial and federal statutes and crime scene investigative techniques. Students will develop skills in: oral and written communication, conflict resolution, conducting criminal investigations, court preparation and police vehicle operation. Physical fitness and officer safety will be emphasized. Students will participate in a field placement with a police service for five weeks during each term.

Other Information

  • The purpose of the Advanced Police Studies program at Fanshawe College is to prepare students for careers as a Police Officer or Special Constable. Given this specific purpose, the in-class, simulated and field practicum learning environments within the program reflect the standards of the Police Service and require that the applicants to the Advanced Police Studies program undergo a screening process similar to that utilized by police services.
  • The College and placement agencies reserve the right to conduct criminal record and background checks on applicants to the Advanced Police Studies program. The placement agencies that conduct background checks on behalf of the College to determine suitability for this program reserve the right to deny an applicant access to field placement and also reserve the right to not disclose the reason(s) for denying access to their agencies. Applicants who are denied access to a placement agency as a result of issues with background screening will be ineligible for placement and therefore will not be eligible to graduate from the Advanced Police Studies program.
  • Practicum is mandatory for the completion of the program. Absence from placement will prevent movement to the next term or graduation from the program.
  • Costs associated with completing admission requirements are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Applicants with questions about the impact that their past driving history, illicit drug use, criminal convictions, criminal associations and/or other personal behaviours may have on their ability to be considered for this program are strongly encouraged to contact the Advanced Police Studies Program Coordinator prior to application.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Analyse situations and synthesize the various policies, procedures, legislation, social issues and community resources applicable to make appropriate decisions.

2. Integrate legislative, professional, organizational and ethical standards to develop a personal code of conduct.

3. Communicate professionally and effectively in all aspects of investigation, enforcement and community involvement.

4. Utilize technology effectively in the execution of policing duties in both routine and complex situations.

5. Utilize effective critical thinking, problem-solving decision making and multi-tasking in complex situations.

6. Integrate physical activity, fitness and wellness standards into the development of a personal lifestyle.

7. Integrate effective team/leadership/relationship building capabilities to promote effective and harmonious workplaces and community relations within a diverse society.

8. Apply specialized investigative methods in securing, searching, recording, collecting, preserving and evaluating evidence for enforcement and prosecution of offences including generating appropriate, accurate and comprehensive reports and legal documentation.

9. Illustrate a commitment to self-development and lifelong learning in the field of policing through the selection and implementation of effective strategies. agencies

10. Utilize appropriate conflict and crisis management techniques during dispute resolution and in potentially dangerous situations.

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2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

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Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Andrew Murray

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks