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Get the foundations to become a police or correctional officer - 2022/2023

People, property and our borders need protection. They need dynamic individuals who possess a diverse set of skills from diverse backgrounds. If you’ve been thinking about a career that is valued and respected, this program will train you to be the best of the best, while also giving you a strong base to compete for a spot in Ontario Constable Selection System.

About our police foundation courses

If you’re interested in public law enforcement or in a career as a police officer, border services officer or correctional officer, this program offers excellent pre-employment academic instruction. You'll study the theory of human relations, combined with practical aspects and applications of law enforcement, police powers, community policing and investigation. You’ll be prepared to compete within the Ontario Constable Selection System for employment in public law enforcement or related careers.

In this one-year police foundation program, you’ll have the option of remaining in the program or transferring into the Protection, Security & Investigation program (PSI), concentrating on loss prevention, risk management and corporate and commercial security.

With the Police Foundations program, your ambitions will be met by limitless career potential.

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"The Fanshawe Police Foundations program is taught by professors with a wide range of knowledge and expertise. As a graduate of the program, I finished feeling confident and comfortable with my abilities towards my chosen career of becoming a police officer. I was around other students in the program who were motivated and had the same aspirations which assisted in my success."

Royann Blanchard
Police Foundations graduate



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Public Safety Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate* AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

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 79 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 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 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 60 with no score less than 50 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 53, 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 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% 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 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
  • Grade 11 Understanding Canadian Law (M) OR Grade 12 Canadian and International Law (U)
  • Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U) 
  • Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility and leadership traits by participating in school and social organizations in positions such as cadet, prefect or student union officer
  • Students should develop good writing and speaking skills
  • A knowledge of and interest in this field

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


  • *Admission to the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Police Foundations program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Public Safety Fundamentals program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Police Foundations program. The Public Safety Fundamentals program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Police Foundations program.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program:

  • Evidence of Good Health


Police Foundations-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PFLP-1002Canadian Criminal Justice System3
Police, courts, and corrections, are the trinity that constitute the Canadian criminal justice system. This course will enable the student to understand the history, roles, and organization of the major criminal justice agencies in Canada as well as the process by which laws are made and enforced at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
PFLP-1003Fitness & Lifestyle Management 12
Law enforcement agencies recognize the importance of fitness, health and wellness for law enforcement personnel. This course introduces students to the concepts of occupational fitness, professionalism, wellness, and appropriate strategies for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Students will participate in one hour of occupational physical fitness training and an additional hour of classroom lecture each week. Students will be exposed to current occupational fitness tests.
SOCI-1036Issues in Diversity3
In this course, students will critically identify and examine issues in diversity; specifically focussing on topics pertaining to inequity in various social settings related to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and class, with a view to developing an appreciation for the multicultural society in which we live. A career in public safety requires a clear understanding of the impacted groups, strategies for community empowerment and effective communication. Students will also increase their knowledge and awareness of the issues impacting Indigenous Peoples of Canada including rights, self-determination, land issues, justice and social issues.
PSYC-1001Introduction to Psychology3
This introductory course in psychology provides students the opportunity to review some of the major theories and research findings from various branches of psychology. Special attention will be given to implications and applications that are specific to issues in policing, law and security. The following topics will be covered: brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep, drugs, stress, social relations, personality, and psychological disorders.
SOCI-1001Sociology & Canadian Society3
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the sociological perspective and the analysis of social events. Topics of study will include research methodology, culture, socialization, deviance and crime, social inequality, social change, and collective behaviour. The student will also analyze how law enforcement personnel, law enforcement services, and society have benefited from the social sciences.
WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
This course will introduce public safety students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
PFLP-1001Career Opportunities2
This course introduces students to potential career choices available to them upon graduation. Students will be provided with information in relation to hiring practices related to those professions as well as identifying the skills necessary to obtain employment in policing, corrections, private security and other criminal justice related fields. The course includes career related employment testing preparation, vocational skills assessment, and interview skills development. Guest speakers from the law enforcement/private security communities provide insight into their respective professions.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This course provides an examination of the theoretical explanations of criminal social-psychological behaviour. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity in Canada, and is examined through crime statistics, correlates of criminal behaviour and applied uses of social science in forensic applications. The impact of theory on the development and effectiveness of the justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future interventions, trends, and social policy initiatives.
PSYC-1002Interpersonal & Group Dynamics3
This is an introductory level course in which students learn to apply knowledge and theory about interpersonal relations and group dynamics while working in a team. Students engage in cooperative work in multidisciplinary integrated enforcement groups to achieve established goals.
SOCI-1004Contemporary Social Problems3
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the theoretical and historical analysis of contemporary social problems. Topics of study will include conflicting views of social problems, brief histories of social problem ideas, moral entrepreneurship, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, domestic violence, and elder abuse. The student will also analyze differing strategies of intervention, objections to intervention, and the unanticipated consequences of intervention.
PFLP-1006Fitness & Lifestyle Management 22
This course continues to build upon the fitness, health and wellness concepts learned in Fitness and Lifestyle Management 1. Students will participate in one hour of occupational physical fitness training and an additional hour of classroom lecture each week. Students will learn practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle including; physical fitness, stress management, suicide, cardiovascular disease, shift work, nutrition, substance abuse, back health and infectious and non-infectious diseases. Students will participate in current occupational fitness tests.
COMM-3048Communication for Police, Law & Security3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of law enforcement and security, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing-organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone-are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the law enforcement and security workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
PFLP-1019Law Enforcement Ethics & Leadership2
In this course, students will examine issues surrounding ethical decision-making in policing and law enforcement through scenario based learning and the review of cases involving police and correctional/security misconduct. Students will be exposed to critical judgment exercises and sound ethical decision-making protocols. Students will also learn principles of leadership and followership, and will explore the implications of law enforcement personnel being held to a higher standard as public role models.
PFLP-1004Criminal Code3
In this course students will analyze specific elements of selected Criminal Code offences. These include offences against the person, against property and against public order. Students will use the Criminal Code to research offences and apply case law.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PFLP-3001Criminal & Civil Law3
This course examines the legislative and judicial basis of our criminal and civil law with detailed discussion of a variety of both civil and criminal law issues and topics. The course is lecture based with a prescribed text book. The student will be required to develop note taking, legal research, organizational and analytical skills to identify, interpret and address legal issues from the viewpoint of both citizen and law enforcement officer. The student will interact with others in a study group and learn to contribute to and establish effective working relationships to achieve goals which are both personal and common to all group members.
PFLP-3002Police Powers 13
This course will examine pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their impact on the Canadian Criminal Procedure. Police powers of arrest, release, search and seizure, police discretion and its implications will also be discussed. This course will enable the student to become familiar with police terminology and apply the procedures required to arrest and release.
PFLP-3003Interviewing & Investigation3
This course focuses on interviewing and investigation skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses and suspects. They also learn the basic steps of investigation including the practical development of note taking and observation skills.
PFLP-3004Youth in Conflict With the Law3
This course will enable the student to understand the differential treatment of young persons who commit offences in Canada and to apply various legislation affecting young persons; in particular, the principles and processes of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as it applies to law enforcement.
PFLP-3005Fitness & Lifestyle Management 31
This course will build upon the skills and knowledge gained in Fitness and Lifestyle Management 1 and 2. Students will participate in two hours of occupational physical fitness training per week and will strive to improve their performance in occupational physical fitness tests. Students will continue to learn the importance of professionalism, fitness, health and wellness for law enforcement personnel. Teamwork will be emphasized.
PSYC-3001Abnormal Psychology3
Abnormal (Forensic) Psychology examines the practical applications for Law Enforcement, response and risk factors strategies. The signs and symptoms of Anxiety Disorders, Behavior and Emotional Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Suicide, Personality Disorders, Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders, Disaster Trauma, Vicarious Victimization, Secondary Wounding, Victim Thinking and Victim Rights, First Responder trauma. There will be a focus on the student developing a competency with Police Mental health Response Strategies.
PFLP-3021Community Policing3
This course will introduce students to theory and models of community policing. 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. The student will engage in research and project activity to apply and demonstrate problem-oriented policing and crime prevention strategies in the community using a problem solving model. The student will examine the impact of crime on the victim, individuals, families, groups and communities. The course will analyze victims' rights, available resources and strategies to assist crime victims to meet their needs.
PFLP-3008Provincial Offences3
In this course, students will examine specific provincial statutes including; Provincial Offences Act, Mental Health Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor Licence Act, Child and Family Services Act, Coroners Act, Blind Persons' Rights Act and Safe Streets Act. Common offences, enforcement, arrest, search and seizure authorities and the involvement of non-police agencies will be discussed.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PFLP-3007Traffic Management3
Students will learn definitions to interpret and apply traffic laws, including police authorities. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and ability to apply federal and provincial operating offences to real life scenarios. Students will become proficient in employing strategies and procedures for managing accident scenes and motor vehicle stops.
PFLP-3018Federal Statutes3
Students will interpret elements of offences related to weapons and the Firearms Act, controlled drugs and substances and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Provisions of other Federal Statutes and their relationship with the Criminal Code will also be examined.
PFLP-3010Police Powers 23
This course provides an in-depth examination of the provisions of the Ontario Police Services Act as they relate to issues of police governance and public accountability, including matters of the public complaint procedure and police discipline options. In addition, use of force theory, law and associated criminal liability issues are discussed in detail.
In this course students will examine the requirements of a continuing investigation. They will learn the rules of evidence and develop the ability to apply these rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. Forensic requirements, statute law and other related issues will be emphasized.
PFLP-3012Conflict Management3
This course prepares the foundation for structure, prevention and intervention procedures based on the security personnel's environment. The course provides students the framework for effective decision making and problem solving to prevent, deescalate and safely respond to assaultive or disruptive behaviours. The Course will identify the issues surrounding physical intervention as a last result.
PFLP-3013Fitness & Lifestyle Management 41
This course integrates the skills and knowledge gained in Fitness and Lifestyle Management 1, 2 and 3. Students will participate in two hours of occupational physical fitness training per week and will strive to achieve the physical fitness hiring requirements for careers in policing and law enforcement. Students will continue to learn the importance of professionalism, fitness, teamwork, health and wellness for law enforcement personnel.
PFLP-3020Public Safety in the Community3
This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of and insight into the political, social, and front-line application of the four pillars of Public Safety in Canada: National Security, Border Strategies, Countering Crime, and Emergency Management. The topics of public management, bureaucracy, changing demographics, strategic planning, hazard, risk, vulnerability, CPTED and situational crime prevention, terrorism, protecting the built environment, designing safe communities and neighbourhoods, and creating safe and secure environments for schools and colleges will also be addressed.
PFLP-3022Police Culminating Skills Assessment3
In this course, students will have the opportunity to reliably demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities acquired over the duration of the Police Foundations program. Through a variety exercises, including police related scenarios and role-plays, students will apply learned theory and related course content to commonly experienced police occurrences.

Gen Ed - Elective
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 2

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 22 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to seek employment in public law enforcement.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: PFT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September/January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Public Safety: 519-452-4222

Program Description

The Police Foundations program is designed to give potential police candidates a broad education in the theory of human relations, combined with related academic knowledge of the law, police powers, community policing and investigation.  Delivered in the same context as other post-secondary education programs, the goal of the Police Foundations program is to provide students with a well-rounded education that prepares them to address the problems of the communities that they may serve, in a flexible and effective manner.  The physical training and career preparation components of the program are designed to assist students to meet the demands of police recruitment processes.  This program is not a requirement with police services. 

Program Offered: Full-time, part-time day, part-time evening (Part-Time Studies), on-line

Other Information

  • The curriculum of this program conforms to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) as the required Police Education Component.
  • Special requirements exist for recruitment to Police Departments and prospective students are expected to make individual and personal previous enquiry of departments of their choice to determine eligibility.  
  • A Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database is recommended for volunteer opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation, as well as policing standards, regulations and guidelines.

2. analyze all relevant information and make effective and legally defensible* decisions in accordance with ethical and professional standards.

3. be accountable for one’s actions when carrying out all tasks.

4. develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development.

5. ensure the respect of human rights and freedoms in all interactions.

6. work co-operatively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve mutual goals.

7. collaborate in the development and implementation of community policing* strategies.

8. monitor, evaluate and document behaviours, situations and events accurately and discreetly in compliance with legal, professional, ethical and organizational requirements.

9. mitigate risks and maintain order by applying effective strategies in crisis*, conflict* and emergency* situations.

10. take positive actions to help crime victims.

11. conduct investigations by collecting, documenting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence*.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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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

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
2022 September
2023 January

International Students

Start Dates
2022 January
2022 September
2023 January
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Catherine Nanton - Year One

William Hibbert - Year Two

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks