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Police Foundations (Fast-Track)

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston | Online


Build on the degree you have already received by taking a focused law enforcement diploma program in eight months! You will benefit by learning employability skills that will help prepare you for a career. Through various courses you will have an opportunity to participate in volunteer and field related activities. Employment opportunities for qualified candidates will be significant.

All law enforcement agencies are experiencing a continuing need for recruitment as attrition due to retirement continues to occur.


Career Opportunities

The Police Foundations Program can assist you in developing and enhancing your knowl­edge, skills and abilities for a career in polic­ing and law enforcement. The hiring trend for qualified police and law enforcement candidates is unprecedented in this decade. The policing and law enforcement commu­nity (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) and Canadian Border Services have identified a substantial need to hire officers for the next three to five years. The Police Foundations Program provides an excellent base for ca­reers with Policing Services, Canada Border Services, Military Police, Ministry of Transpor­tation, Private/Corporate Security and various correctional institutions.

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Program Name

Police Foundations (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $1,242.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

Not applicable

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
POFP 205 Political Science and Public Administration
POFP 302 Criminal Code
POFP 303 Police Powers I
POFP 304 Interviewing and Investigating
POFP 300 Community Mobilization and Engagement
POFP 308 Fitness and Lifestyle Management III
POFP 310 Foundations of Mental Health for Law Enforcement
POFP 405 Conflict Management

Semester 2
POFP 3 Career Preparation
POFP 305 Youth in Conflict With the Law
POFP 401 Provincial Offenses
POFP 402 Criminal Code and Federal Statutes
POFP 403 Police Powers II
POFP 404 Evidence
POFP 407 Traffic Management
POFP 408 Fitness and Lifestyle Management IV

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology (Social Science), or Sociology.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    The teachers in the Police Foundations program were top-notch. After hearing from other people about their experiences in the same program at other colleges, I’m even more certain that SLC is one of the BEST colleges available. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone!

    Robert Osborne

    Program Contact

    Ross Bell

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    The program will prepare graduates to successfully complete the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) test, a standardized entry requirement for all provincial and municipal Police Services.

    Applicants are expected to have the physical and mental health needed to:

    a) successfully cope with the program of instruction

    b) meet the public health requirements of any law enforcement or volunteer agency to which they might apply.

    It is highly recommended that applicants check the Essential Hiring Requirements of the police service to which they have an interest in employment. In addition, a vision and hearing test is strongly suggested. This information is required to assist applicants to understand the requirements of the employer and how their results compare with these requirements.

    In order to be considered for employment by a police service an individual who has been criminally convicted under a federal statute (other than the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Y.O.A.) must obtain a pardon prior to submitting an application. There may be a fee for the criminal history check.

    Please Note: To participate in learning activities with policing agencies, a criminal background check will be required. If you have come in conflict with the law by con­travening a federal statute(s) you may not meet the security clearance(s). Meeting the behavioural standard will be the responsibil­ity of the student.

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