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Public Safety


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You're a senior-level secondary student who wants to explore an interest in a career and/or further studies in the field of public safety and policing. The Internet, new laws and the threat of terrorism have changed modern police work, making it a career with many opportunities. Find out more by taking the dual credit program!

What Students Are Saying About This Program

“I chose to take the dual credit course because I needed more credits to graduate, as well, I wanted to feel more independent. I also took this course to better my future. I have succeeded in my dual credit courses and I am very happy and I feel accomplished.”

“I chose to take dual credit to gain knowledge on what I want to be. I liked that the teacher made it comfortable and he made me gain so much knowledge and interest.”

What Will I Learn/Do?

You’ll have an opportunity to learn about some of the key elements of the laws that police forces are there to uphold and protect. This will provide an excellent foundation for understanding the importance of the role of police and other public safety jobs in safeguarding our communities and our Canadian way of life.

Course Descriptions:

Criminology: A Canadian Approach

Students critically examine the development of modern criminological thought through an examination of various multidisciplinary theories (e.g. biological, sociological, psychological, conflict and social control). Students focus on the integration of theory with practice by linking policy outcomes, situated within Canada’s criminal justice system, to selected theoretical paradigms. Students critically explore the role that the media plays in society’s construction of crime problems. Students are introduced to the major sources of crime statistics and selected research methodologies. Through a combination of interactive lectures, case studies, videos, group discussion, and online learning modules, students develop a broad theoretical understanding within the field of criminology.

Police Career Preparation

Students examine the opportunities, duties, responsibilities and demands of a career in policing. They consider the competencies needed to succeed including selection requirements and processes. Students explore the development, structure, services and career opportunities provided by a wide range of police organizations. Students assess their interests, values and abilities to identify possible career paths. They investigate structured and extra-curricular learning opportunities to maximize their personal development. Students develop a personal learning plan to prepare for the highly structured and competitive police hiring processes.

Youth In Conflict With The Law

Students learn about legislation governing youth crime in Canada and the factors that place youth at risk for offending. Students examine the Youth Criminal Justice Act in detail and familiarize themselves with the various protocols, procedures and implications of the Act. Students explore through lectures, videos and case studies various factors that put youth at risk for offending and examine the various methods used to deal with young offenders through the court system and by way of extrajudicial measures. Students familiarize themselves with the various stages of adolescent development and understand the need for a separate legal system for youth.

Intro to Fitness and Police Prep

Students explore fitness and lifestyle management for a career in policing and other public safety occupations. Students focus on the practical application of fitness skills to be prepared for police fitness testing. Students examine the fundamentals of health and wellness, including goal setting, time management and nutrition. Students explore concepts which will assist them in developing strategies to help them design and implement an effective personal fitness program for general health and wellness to promote success in police testing including the Ontario Police Fitness Award, and the 20-metre shuttle run.

Pathways to Full Time Sheridan Programs:

If you enjoyed this dual credit program, you may want to apply for the two-year full time Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma Program at Sheridan's Davis Campus. If you are accepted, the dual credits you earned will be counted as courses already completed. The Police Foundations diploma program covers: the many and varied aspects of modern policing; police powers and procedures; community policing; criminology; conflict resolution skills; interviewing suspects and victims; investigation procedures and techniques and youth in conflict with the law.

Your program will include hands-on activities such as police fitness, defensive tactics, analysis of a mock crime scene and scenario-based practical exercises where you are challenged to integrate and practice your communication (both verbal and written), officer safety, use of authorities and discretion. After completing the program, you’ll be prepared to take the ATS written and physical tests required for application to police positions in Ontario.

Our professors are all experienced in the area of public safety and some are active police officers. Many have worked in various aspects of public safety, including homicide, undercover, defensive tactics, youth bureau, sexual assault, by-law enforcement and others. All maintain strong connections within the public safety community that provide excellent networking and internship opportunities for you.

Further Academic/Career Pathways:

Sheridan prepares you for career success. When you graduate from the Police Foundations full-time diploma program, you'll be prepared to find a career path in: municipal, regional or provincial police services in Ontario; police departments across Canada; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; border security or private security.

Note: Police services have minimum hiring standards for vision, hearing and physical ability. We encourage applicants to explore these standards prior to entering the program.

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