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
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September
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

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following course:

- Grade 12 English (U), or

- Grade 12 English (C) with a minimum final grade of 60%

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Public Safety Fundamentals preparatory program. Graduates who have a minimum final grade of C in WRIT-1089 will meet the admissions requirements for this program.


Both the Protection, Security and Investigation and Police Foundations programs share a common first level of courses. Protection, Security and Investigations students who meet a minimum GPA after the successful completion of their first level may be eligible to transfer into Police Foundations. Please note that Police Foundations is a competitive program that offers limited seats.

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

  • - Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that specific physical, legal driving age, and health standards, including vision standards, be met. 
  • - Students are required to take mandatory physical fitness courses throughout this program.  It is recommended that students maintain a high level of physical activity and be familiar with the physical fitness requirements to work in public safety.
  • - Applicants should note that a Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening may be required by employers.
  • - Students should possess strong personal responsibility and organizational and leadership traits by participating in school, volunteer, and social organizations.
  • - Students should possess strong writing and speaking skills.
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

- Attend Program Orientation Session

- Possession of a 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)


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PSFY-1000Public Safety Principles in Ca3
This course examines Canada's public safety network. Topics to be covered include the creation of laws, regulations, policies and practices that govern public safety as well as an examination of organizations that exist to maintain it. Through case-based learning, students will develop an understanding of the interoperability of private security and public safety organizations.
LAWS-1103Criminal Justice in Canada3
The Canadian Criminal Justice System encompasses law enforcement, the courts, and the correctional system. This course will enable the student to understand Canada's central justice agencies' history, roles, and organization and how federal, provincial, and municipal laws are made and enforced. The Criminal Code of Canada is introduced regarding its purpose, structure, format, and use. Students collaborate in teams to enhance their interpretation and knowledge of Canadian law through case-based learning.
LAWS-1104Provincial Statutes & Regulations 13
This course introduces students to provincial legislation specific to many public safety professions. Topics covered include the Provincial Offences Act, Mental Health Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor Licence and Control Act, Coroners Act, Blind Persons' Rights Act, Cannabis Control Act and Safe Streets Act. Through case-based learning, students apply apprehension, arrest, and search and seizure authorities. They also complete court documents enforcing common offences.
HLTH-1312Mental Health & Social Welfare2
This course will provide a perspective on mental health principles, disorders and behaviour management, the mental health system, community agencies and personal support systems. Students will learn legislation and policies to work with people affected by mental health and addiction issues respectfully and effectively. Through dynamic simulations and self-assessment, students will examine the stigma associated with mental health and how mental health is addressed in the criminal justice system.
PHRE-1047Fitness, Health, and Wellness 12.5
Public safety agencies recognize the importance of fitness, health, and wellness for public safety personnel. This course introduces students to occupational fitness tests, professionalism, stress management, wellness, and appropriate strategies for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Students develop a personal fitness plan and perform elements of occupational fitness tests used by public safety agencies.
PSFY-1001Professional Practice-Teamwork1.5
This course introduces students to the concept of teamwork and the importance of utilizing various forms of communication in public safety professions. The topics include situational awareness and officer safety, basic interviewing and observations skills, notebook entries and incident report writing. Through scenario-based learning, students develop the ability to work in teams and investigate minor occurrences while following policies and procedures used by public safety agencies.
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


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*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.