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Prepare for a career in law enforcement or security.
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:
- Major crime investigations
- Tactical response
- Hostage negotiations
- Senior police management
- By-law enforcement
- Community outreach
Note: Police services have minimum hiring requirements. If you want a career in policing, please check the hiring standards on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website before you enter this program.
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. Curious to see what they look like? Take a virtual tour of the Police Foundations Lab and the Fitness and Defensive Tactics Room you'll use as a student in this program.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
CODE TITLE CREDITS 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
Courses subject to change.
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Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)
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.
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 duration for September starts is two academic years. Course duration for January starts is 16 months continuous.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
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
Sheridan's Police Foundations (MTCU 53008) graduates from 2018 or later who have a final GPA of 3.0 or greater, are eligible to apply to Year 2 of the Honours Bachelor of Community Safety degree. Sheridan's Police Foundations graduates who completed their studies prior to 2018 and any external Police Foundations (MTCU 53008) graduates will be required to take one additional course in the first semester of the program.
Students on this pathway may complete the degree in three years.
Get your degree in less time
Degree Completion allows you to apply your diploma credits toward a Sheridan degree. You'll get significant credit for the courses you completed in your diploma, which means you can complete your degree and advance your career sooner.
How to apply
To apply for Degree Completion, visit ontariocolleges.ca and submit an application using the program code PBCMS.
Have a question about Degree Completion? Please get in touch – we're happy to help!
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.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$4,093.85
Fees for International students$16,934.85
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Ontario College Diploma
Full-time 2 years Program code: PPOLF
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