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Police Foundations

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston | Online | Online part-time


This program provides training for a career in Policing Services and other branches of Law Enforcement. The goal of Police Foundations is to provide potential police officers and other law enforcement agents with a well-rounded education which prepares them to address the problems of the communities they serve in a flexible and effective manner.


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.

Program Name

Police Foundations

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

The only additional costs are textbooks, notebooks and fitness gear. The total for all additional costs is no more than $400.00 a semester. Students can also save money buy purchasing used textbooks from the book store.

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 2020-21

Semester 1
GENE General Education Course
POFP 101 Canadian Criminal Justice System
POFP 102 Psychology
POFP 103 Sociology in Canadian Society
POFP 106 Principles of Ethical Reasoning
POFP 108 Fitness and Lifestyle Management I
COMM 110 Communications for College

Semester 2
COMM 204 Communications for Law Enforcement
GENE General Education Course
GENE 167 Aboriginal Peoples & Diversity in Canada
POFP 201 Criminology
POFP 202 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
POFP 206 Community and Social Services
POFP 208 Fitness and Lifestyle Management II
POFP 301 Criminal and Civil Law

Semester 3
POFP 205 Political Science and Public Administration
POFP 300 Community Mobilization and Engagement
POFP 302 Criminal Code
POFP 303 Police Powers I
POFP 304 Interviewing and Investigating
POFP 308 Fitness and Lifestyle Management III
POFP 310 Foundations of Mental Health for Law Enforcement
POFP 405 Conflict Management

Semester 4
POFP 9 Career Prep
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

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


Completing the Police Foundations program at St. Lawrence College was the best decision I have made in my academic / professional career. My experience in the program has given me a well-rounded knowledge of law enforcement fundamentals and procedures, as well as skills that are invaluable to anyone entering the field of law enforcement. I would highly recommend this program to anyone thinking of a career in the field of law enforcement.

Sadie Bowen

Program Contact

Dan Somers

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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