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Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Turn your passion for law enforcement into a career protecting the public
Overview

The Police Foundations program gives students the opportunity to discover skills and abilities required for a career in policing, and learn Criminal, Civil and Provincial Law.

Mohawk College is the only Canadian community college that employs simulated judgemental training systems both tactical and virtual in their scenario-based learning for Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, and Advanced Police Studies.

Share a common first year with Protection, Security and Investigation and Community and Justice Services.

Collect, preserve and present admissible evidence in Mohawk's Police Car Street Scape and Mock Trial Court Room.

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

Co-op Option - Not available with Fast Track. Optional after semester one.

Program Highlights

Mohawk College employs simulated judgemental training systems both tactical and virtual in their scenario-based learning for Police Foundations, Protection, Security and Investigation, Advanced Security Management, and Advanced Police Studies.

  • Explore employment requirements for public and private protection, security and investigation jobs and create/implement an employment plan based on your career interests
  • Experience the training format for policing, border security, corrections, and private sector careers by attending day-long seminars and workshops of your choice in Law Enforcement Industry Trends course in your 3rd semester
  • Develop fitness management skills in a licenced testing facility in preparation for the physical testing requirements of policing, border security and/or corrections officers
  • Apply relevant professional development, certificates, training, and licences to 3rdsemester career courses (i.e. Mental Health First Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Standard or Emergency First Aid, Possession and Acquisition licence, etc.)
  • Complete the required curriculum to write the provincial private investigator and/or private security test (Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services testing standards must be met)
  • Develop the essential competencies required for a career in policing
  • Learn Criminal, Civil and Provincial Law
  • Develop Use of Force knowledge, skills and abilities including tactical communication
  • Experience a web-enhanced learning environment
  • Enhance transferable employability skills, including planning/implementing, time management, verbal communication, report writing, and prioritizing/organizing specific to public/private protection, security and investigation careers

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Police Foundations Diploma program for Fall and Winter intakes

Program follows guidelines set by the Ministry of the Solicitor General for the Province of Ontario. Employers will require a criminal records check.

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Law courses recommended
    • Additional selection criteria may apply
  • Some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards, driving abstracts and health standards, including vision, must be met
  • Ideal for Pre-Justice graduates
  • Applicants receive training in the first year towards a goal at being able to successfully complete the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police). Students must be able to pass this requirement to graduate from program at the end of second year.
  • Applicants are advised that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to participating in a co-op placement, and that it is their responsibility to ensure the requirements are met
  • Options are available for mature students

Applicants should note that:

  • they should be advised that employers require a criminal records check
  • they must be able to take part in fitness courses throughout the four semesters of the program
  • employers require a criminal records check
  • some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards, driving abstracts and health standards including vision must be met
  • Students are required to successfully complete an aptitude test designed for policing careers and a written assessment to graduate
  • Dual diploma opportunities within the Justice and Wellness program cluster beyond common first year courses
  • Advanced Standing from university possible

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply before the application end date. Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Academic Opportunities

Academic specializations within the Police Foundations Diploma program include

  • Advanced Standing from university possible
  • Degree completion available at Laurier University, Athabasca University, Fredericton University and internationally
  • Dual diploma opportunities within Justice and Wellness Studies program cluster

See: Advanced Police Studies Graduate Certificate for further studies upon graduation from Police Foundations.

Career Opportunities

The Police Foundations Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Policing requires individuals who demonstrate integrity, accountability, courage, caring and fairness representative of the diverse communities served. A career in policing involves building strong, positive relationships characterized by mutual respect for all peoples, to want to make a difference in peoples' lives in both rural and urban centres. Policing requires a dedication to and advocacy for crime prevention in the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the action taken to remove or reduce it.

Industries of Employment

  • Municipal, Provincial, Federal and Aboriginal Policing Services
  • Private and University Policing
  • Investigation, Evidence and Criminal Investigations, Internet Crime
  • Computer Forensics

Occupational Categories

  • Court Prisoner Transport Officers
  • CN Police Officers
  • Bylaw Enforcement Officers
  • Specialized Response Teams for Emergency, Aviation and Marine Services
  • Negotiators
  • Canine Response Teams
  • Forensics Officers and Crime Scene Investigators
  • Community Policing Officers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Special Constable
  • Military Police Officers
  • Communications Dispatch
  • Enforcement of Traffic Safety and Bylaws

Graduate Opportunities

  • Dual diploma opportunities within the Justice and Wellness program cluster beyond common first year courses
  • For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Course Overview & Descriptions

For students starting January 2016. Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Fennell Campus
Sep 2016
Open
Jan 2017
Open
Co-op option
Cost

Estimated first year tuition and fees

$4,000‐6,000
$6,001‐8,000
$8,001+
Full Cost Breakdown