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Diploma of Police Foundations
Diploma of Police Foundations

Diploma of Police Foundations

  • ID:SC010058
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — internet-based test, 91 (SEM: 5), 23 (SEM: 2), 25 (SEM: 3), 22 (SEM: 2), 21 (SEM: 2)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — academic format, 6.5 (SEM 0.5), 6, 6, 6, 6

  • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST), N/A, 4.5, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Unique Partnership

  • Sheridan's Police Foundations program has strong relationships with several police services and other law enforcement agencies. These relationships include Internships, special projects, and several volunteer opportunities.

  • Preparation for Application

  • Although not an admission requirement, Grade 12 mathematics or equivalent is recommended. Applicants should be aware of the physical demands of the program as physical fitness and defensive tactics training are integral to the curriculum.

  • Note: In some cases, a criminal record may make it more difficult for students to find program-related employment after graduation.

Course Information

Sheridan’s Police Foundations program explores the world of law enforcement, preparing you for an exciting career.

Prepare for the modern world of policing

The Internet, terrorism threats and changing laws require a modern approach to policing. Sheridan’s Police Foundations program gets you ready for it. You’ll learn:

  • Canadian law

  • Police policy/procedures and legislation

  • Police fitness

  • Investigation and interviewing skills

  • Conflict resolution

  • Forensic crime scene analysis

Get a strong foundation in law enforcement

Police services have strict hiring standards. At Sheridan, you’ll take physical fitness and other seminar courses to prepare you for these requirements. You’ll also learn current legislation, and how police promote and maintain safety. If you want to become a police officer or want a security-related career, this program prepares you for the next steps.

Launch your security career

To become a security guard in Ontario, you must be licensed. To get a security license, you must pass a course from a Ministry-approved institution and write an exam. Sheridan is an approved institution. This means you can write the exam after you complete this program without taking any extra courses.

Get work experience

We’ve built strong relationships with police and community organizations, which approach us with volunteer opportunities for our students. This gives you the chance to build your resume and get work experience. You could mentor at-risk youth, provide event security, or join our peer mentoring program. Some students have also participated in internships at the Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Learn from industry professionals

Our professors have a wealth of policing experience, including:

  • Patrol

  • Major crime investigations

  • Tactical response

  • Hostage negotiations

  • Senior police management

  • Forensics

  • By-law enforcement

  • Community outreach

Explore your future labs

In Police Foundations at Sheridan, you'll work in labs and classrooms designed to imitate work environments in the real world.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

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

  • Analyze all relevant information and make effective and legally defensible decisions in accordance with ethical and professional standards.

  • Be accountable for one’s actions when carrying out all tasks.

  • Develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development.

  • Ensure the respect of human rights and freedoms in all interactions.

  • Work co-operatively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve mutual goals.

  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of community policing strategies.

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

  • Mitigate risks and maintain order by applying effective strategies in crisis, conflict and emergency situations.

  • Take positive actions to help crime victims.

  • Conduct investigations by collecting, documenting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence.

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Semester 1

  • COMM 19999, Essential Communication Skills, 3

  • JUST 15892, Police Career Preparation, 3

  • PSRV 16017, Federal Powers of Arrest & Detention, 3

  • PSRV 16298, Public Administration, 3

  • PSYC 15065G, Psychology Core Concepts, 3

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 2

  • CSRV 17545, Community and Social Services, 3

  • PSRV 29014, Criminal Procedures and Evidence , 3

  • JUST 20655 , Canadian Criminal Code, 3

  • PSRV 28081, Private Policing , 3

  • JUST 10261, Introduction to Fitness and Police Preparation, 3

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 3

  • SOCS 11009, Criminology :  A Canadian Approach, 3

  • JUST 26172 , Provincial Offences, 3

  • JUST 22128, Youth in Conflict with the Law, 3

  • PSRV 26111, Community Policing and Leadership, 3

  • PSRV 16529, Fitness and Police Preparation, 3

  • PSRV 10146, Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 4

  • PSRV 16367, Conflict Resolution: Response and Intervention, 3

  • JUST 20025, Diversity, Values and Ethics in Public Safety, 3

  • JUST 19999, Administrative and Civil Law, 3

  • PSRV 11111, Interviewing and Investigation , 3

  • JUST 14857, Public Safety Integrative Program Seminar , 3

  • GNED, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Sheridan prepares you for career success. When you graduate from the Police Foundations program, you'll be ready to begin a rewarding career in public safety.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Border security

  • Municipal, regional or provincial police services in Ontario

  • Police departments across Canada

  • Private security

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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