|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
Prepare for an exciting career in law enforcement and policing.
As a student of our four–semester Police Foundations program, you’ll gain a comprehensive police foundations education combining the best aspects of legal education with practical skill development. Complete the program and you’ll be equipped for a demanding and satisfying career in policing, public safety and law enforcement, and develop a strong desire for continued learning throughout your career.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Act in a manner consistent with all relevant law and legislation, and professional, organizational, and ethical standards.
- Communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly to develop effective working relationships with individuals, groups, and multidisciplinary teams in order to achieve goals.
- Apply knowledge of fundamental concepts of psychology, sociology, and criminology when interacting with peers, supervisors, other professionals, victims, suspects/offenders, and the public.
- Document, prepare, and assist in the presentation of court cases in compliance with criminal and provincial law, rules of evidence, and the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
- Assess the use of police powers.
- Initiate, promote, and facilitate partnerships to meet community policing and security needs.
- Assess the relationship of policing services to other participants in the criminal justice system and other community service agencies.
- Make sound decisions based on an evaluation of situations.
- Cope with stress and optimize fitness and wellness.
- Apply fundamental concepts of political science, law and legislative policy making, and public administration to the provision of police services.
- Assess information-gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques.
- Assess crisis intervention strategies.
- Develop strategies to assist crime victims to meet their needs.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
- Although not required for admission, basic computer knowledge, a moderate degree of physical fitness, and completion of a secondary school law course is recommended.
- Students are required to be highly literate and have good analytical skills to be successful in this program.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Policing and law enforcement education are evolving rapidly. Developed in co–operation with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, this program prepares you to be a candidate for police services, as well as other rewarding law enforcement and security–related careers. Community policing now offer talented individuals more opportunities than ever before.
Affiliations and Associations
Members of our faculty belong to a number of organizations including:
- Canadian Police Association
- Canadian Society for Industrial Security
- Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario
- International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Ontario Association of Family Mediators
- International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association
Constable Selection Process
Applicants are advised that following graduation from Police Foundations, the selection process for police services in Ontario includes:
- Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada;
- Written aptitude and communications tests;
- Criminal Records check;
- Physical fitness testing;
- Vision, hearing and medical tests.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
Important Academic Dates
Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LAW120||Criminal Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms||3|
|LAW130||Criminal Justice System and Community Services||3|
|LAW140||Law Enforcement Communications||3|
|LAW150||Fitness and Lifestyle Management I||2|
|PSY100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|LAW210||Interpersonal Relations and Conflict Management||3|
|LAW220||Arrest, Search, Force||3|
|LAW230||Criminal Code Offences||3|
|LAW250||Crime Prevention and Community Policing||3|
|SOC225||Sociology and Canadian Society: Contemporary Issues||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|PFD310||Forensic Crime Scene Investigation||3|
|PFD320||Civil Law for Law Enforcement||3|
|PFD340||Rules of Evidence||3|
|POL310||Canadian Politics and Public Administration||3|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|PFD350||Fitness and Lifestyle Management II||2|
|PFD410||Traffic Law and Collision Investigation||3|
|PFD420||Selected Provincial and Federal Statutes||3|
|PFD430||Court Case Preparation and Presentation||4|
|SOC551||Ethnic and Race Relations in Canada||3|
|For more information, please visit our website at www.senecacollege.ca/law.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
|International Admissions Advisor:||Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
|Program Coordinator:||Ann Corbold
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55182
|Program Chair:||Mona Nouroozifar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010
"Each and every professor took the time and commitment for each of his/her students and their successes. Never before have I encountered educators so set on seeing every single student succeed in their chosen paths, and for this, I cannot thank you enough."