Police Foundations (Accelerated)


Police Foundations (Accelerated)-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-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-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.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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-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-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-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 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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.
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.
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-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-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.
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.
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-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 - Electives
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