Program Overview

Property, people and borders need to be protected by dynamic individuals who possess a diverse set of specialized skills. If you’re interested in pursuing a valued and respected career, Fanshawe’s two-year Protection, Security and Investigation Ontario College Diploma program will train you to be the best of the best, while also giving you a strong base to compete for a spot in the Ontario Constable Selection System.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

You will study the practical aspects and applications of law enforcement, to be prepared for a career in both the public and private security sectors.

Courses such as Corrections 1 & 2, Canadian Border Security 1 & 2 and Institutional Security 1 & 2, will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to enter these important and rewarding careers. You will learn about the justice system, gain a thoughtful understanding of Diversity and Indigenous People in Canada and develop skills in how to write effectively for the public safety sector.


With the Protection, Security and Investigation program, your ambition will be met by limitless career potential. As a graduate, you can choose to further your education through articulation agreements between Fanshawe and other colleges and universities, or you can competently, effectively and safely start your career in protection, security and investigation for the public or private sector.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Protection, Security and Investigation program have the knowledge and skill to keep order and maintain safety as correctional officers, store investigators, loss prevention officers, security and safety officers, border services officers, retail security, court officers or other related employment. 


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

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Protection, Security and Investigation program:

Store Investigator/Loss Prevention Officer
Prevent theft or loss from retail companies by maintaining the safety and security of facilities and employees.

Security Guard
Maintain the security and safety of facilities and employees.

Border Services Officer
Keep Canadians safe by stopping weapons, drugs and inadmissible people from entering the country, while making legitimate trade and travel possible.

Correctional Officer

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

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. work in compliance with established standards and relevant legislation in the protection, security and investigation fields.

2. make decisions in a timely, effective and legally defensible manner to uphold protection and security.

3. carry out delegated duties and responsibilities in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.

4. act equitably and justly with diverse populations.

5. work effectively as a member of a protection and security team.

6. prevent and resolve crisis, conflict and emergency situations by applying effective techniques.

7. conduct and/or contribute to investigations by collecting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence.

8. monitor, evaluate and accurately document behaviours, situations and events.

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


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Shannon Yates


Admission Requirements

Successful completion of Year 1 of the Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma program
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

NOTE: Important information for first-year students - if you wish to enter the first year of the Protection, Investigation and Security program, you should apply to the Police Foundations program (PFT1 at London; PFT2W at Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus). You will be registered in year one in the Police Foundations program. The first-year curriculum for these two programs is the same.

- If you successfully complete year one of Police Foundations and wish to continue into the Protection, Security and Investigation program, you will be guaranteed a place in the second year of the program at the Fanshawe's London Campus. You must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar. 

- If you're registering for the Police Foundations (Accelerated) program offered at our Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus, please note that the second year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program is only available at our London Campus.


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.
Recommended Personal Preparation

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

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 May 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
  4. Preference will be given to students who successfully complete Year 1 of the Fanshawe College Police Foundations program or the Fanshawe College Police Foundations (Accelerated) program
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program:

  • Evidence of Good Health


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.
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.
SOCI-1101Diversity & Indigenous People in Canada3
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.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
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.