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Ontario College Diploma

Police Foundations

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

Prepare for a career in law enforcement or security.

Program Overview

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:

  • Patrol
  • Major crime investigations
  • Tactical response
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Senior police management
  • Forensics
  • 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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

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

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

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.

Unique Partnership

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 Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

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

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Degree Completion

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.

Contact us

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Summary

Learning Outcomes

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.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Internship

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program Fees

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 2021–2022 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.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 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. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,135.71
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$17,926.71

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

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Location

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Ontario College Diploma

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PPOLF

Ontario College Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
Jan 2022 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available

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