Looking for a rewarding career in security and protection? - 2022/2023
Property, people and borders need to be protected by dynamic individuals who possess a diverse set of specialized skills. If you’ve been thinking about a career that is valued and respected, the Protection, Security and Investigation 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.
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 also learn about the justice system, issues in diversity, and how to write for the human services. You’ll be prepared to compete within the Ontario Constable Selection System for employment in public law enforcement or related careers.
Graduate from our security program
When you graduate from this security program, you’ll have learned the skills and attitudes necessary for working in the criminal justice system as a correctional service or prison officers, store investigators or loss control officers, security and safety officers, customs officers, retail security, or as a police officer.
With the Protection, Security and Investigation program, your ambition will be met by limitless career potential.
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
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
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 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 May 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
- 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
The following items are applicable to the program:
- Evidence of Good Health
Protection, Security and Investigation-2022/2023
|PFLP-1002||Canadian Criminal Justice System||3|
|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-1003||Fitness & Lifestyle Management 1||2|
|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.|
|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-1036||Issues in Diversity||3|
|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-1001||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|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-1001||Sociology & Canadian Society||3|
|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-1089||Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety||3|
|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.|
|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-1002||Interpersonal & Group Dynamics||3|
|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-1004||Contemporary Social Problems||3|
|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-1006||Fitness & Lifestyle Management 2||2|
|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.|
|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.|
|COMM-3048||Communication for Police, Law & Security||3|
|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-1019||Law Enforcement Ethics & Leadership||2|
|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.|
|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.|
|LAWS-3051||Border Services & Immigration||3|
|This course is an examination of the statutory and regulatory laws which relate to Canada Border Services and Immigration. Within this context, specific regard is given to the duties and roles of an officer engaged in the enforcement of these laws.|
|PFLP-3016||Public Safety in the 21st Century||3|
|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, geographical information systems (GIS) and crime mapping, biometrics and identity and access management (IAM), protecting the built environment, designing safe communities and neighbourhoods, and creating safe and secure environments for schools and colleges will also be addressed.|
|SRTY-1002||Fundamentals of the Security Industry||3|
|This course is an examination of the statutory and regulatory laws which relate to the security industry. Within this context, specific regard is given to the duties and roles of an officer engaged in the enforcement of these laws.|
|SRTY-1005||Interviewing, Investigate & Observation||3|
|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.|
|SRTY-1012||Wellness, Safety & Fitness for Security||3|
|This course will continue to build upon the knowledge, skills and techniques introduced in Fitness and Lifestyle Management I and II. Students will develop a higher sense of personal wellness which will assist them throughout their careers in law enforcement and security.Through practical application and physical preparation, students will strive to achieve the physical requirements of common fitness tests that are utilized by law enforcement and private security agencies. Students will learn the importance of professionalism, fitness, health and wellness as they pertain to law enforcement and security personnel.|
|BSCI-1221||Crisis Intervention/Conflict Resolution||3|
|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.|
|COMM-3066||Report Writing & Communication||3|
|This advance report writing and communication course will focus on providing the student with a greater understanding and knowledge of the importance for officers in the law enforcement and security fields to provide clear and concise reports as well as being able to articulate themselves while providing testimony in a court of law. Students will complete their semester preparing for employment interviews.|
|This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of emergency management and, more specifically, the Incident Management System (IMS). The students will learn about the key provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act as well as understand and apply the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment principles. This introductory course will also provide the student with a solid foundation of emergency management concepts, principles, and operational knowledge in a classroom and scenario setting, and will mirror the Province of Ontario's Incident Management System (IMS) for Ontario (Doctrine). Emergency Management - Intro will supply the student with the required basic knowledge that will allow them to recognize, categorize and develop plans in emergency incidents.|
|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.|
|This course provides an examination of present Canadian correctional policy and practice as well as a review of theoretical considerations in order to better understand current practices and new directions in the Canadian correctional environment.|
|This course provides the skills, critical thinking and problem solving required to provide surveillance to a wide range of potential clients including insurance companies, legal firms, municipalities, corporations and individuals. It will contribute to the planning of the security and investigation team project.|
|LAWS-3053||Criminal & Civil Law||3|
|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.|
|This course will provide necessary information reflected in the Private Investigator requirements in Ontario. It will review the qualities, ethics and liability aspects a Private Investigator must possess/adhere to. All relevant legislation and case law will be reviewed as per the Private Security and Investigation Act 2005 required to meet the provincial standards. This course will provide the fundamental skills and learning required to write the provincial Private Investigator licensing test.|
|This course is designed to introduce the student to the growing importance of Information Technology and IT security in the domain of public and private security and investigations. This course will examine new career opportunities in information security, information security principles of success, certification programs and the common body of knowledge for information security certification, governance and risk management in information security, security architecture and design, business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning, the legal and ethical parameters of information security, physical security control, operations security, access control systems and methodology (Biometrics), cryptography, Internet Security, and securing the future of information security.|
|Risk Management is currently one of the fastest growing areas in the private security industry. Students will be introduced to the process of Risk Management with special consideration given to the threat-risk-analysis area. The student will gain a greater understanding for the many areas of risk and how to control and manage that risk.|
|SRTY-3003||Fitness & Defensive Tactics||2|
|This course will continue to build upon the knowledge, skills and techniques introduced in SRTY1012 - Wellness, Safety and Fitness for Security. Through practical application, students will strive to achieve the physical requirements of common fitness tests that are utilized by law enforcement and private security agencies. Students will demonstrate professionalism and effective note taking techniques as they pertain to law enforcement and security personnel. Students will be introduced to defensive tactics, officer safety, and the Ontario Use of Force Model and will be required to demonstrate understanding of basic defensive tactics techniques.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesGraduates of the program will find employment opportunities as Correctional Officers, as Store Investigators, Loss Prevention Officers, Security and Safety Officers, Border Services Officers, Retail Security, Court Officers and other directly related employment.
More Information - 2022/2023
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Public Safety: 519-452-4222
Graduates of the Protection, Security and Investigation program
acquire knowledge that equips them to competently, effectively and
safely enter a variety of related fields as prescribed by both the
private sector and the public sector. Career opportunities
may include private protective and/or investigative services,
border control, airport security, customs and immigration,
correctional services (community and institution) and areas of law
enforcement such as the Canadian Forces. Graduates will be
prepared to complete the Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services examinations (Security Guard
Graduates will also qualify to further their education through articulation agreements between colleges and universities.
Program Offered: full-time, part-time day, part-time evening (Part-Time Studies)
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: Students wishing to enter the first year of the program should apply to the Police Foundations program, Program Code PFT1 for the London Campus and Program Code PFT2W for the Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus.
- Students wishing the Protection, Security and Investigation program will be registered in Year 1 in the Police Foundations program. Students who successfully complete Year 1 in the Police Foundations program and wish to continue in the Protection, Security and Investigation program in Year 2 will be guaranteed a place in the second year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program at the Oxford Street Campus in London. The curriculum in Year 1 for the Protection, Security and Investigation program and the Police Foundations program are common.
- Students that have successfully completed the first year of the Police Foundations program at the London Campus, and wish to continue with the Protection, Security and Investigation program, must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
- Students registering in first year of the Police Foundations (Accelerated) program at the Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus should be aware that the second year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program is only available at the Oxford Street Campus in London. Students who successfully complete 24 weeks of the Police Foundations (Accelerated) program at the Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus and wish to transfer to the second year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program at the Oxford Street Campus in London must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
- The Protection, Security and Investigation program starts in September.
- The curriculum of this program conforms to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) 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.
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.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
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 ontariocolleges.ca.