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Police Foundations

Available at: Brockville | Cornwall | Kingston | Online part-time


This program provides training for a career in police services and other branches of law enforcement. The goal of the Police Foundations program is to provide potential police officers and other law enforcement agents with a well-rounded education which prepares them to address problems in the communities they serve in a flexible and effective manner.


Career Opportunities

The Police Foundations program assists you in developing and enhancing your knowl­edge, skills and abilities for a career in polic­ing and law enforcement. The hiring trend for qualified police and law enforcement candidates is unprecedented in this decade. The policing and law enforcement commu­nity (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) and Canadian Border Services have identified a substantial need to hire officers for the next three to five years. The Police Foundations program provides an excellent base for ca­reers with Police Services, Canadian Border Services, Military Police, the Ontario Ministry of Transpor­tation, private/corporate security and various correctional institutions.

Program Name

Police Foundations

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
GENE General Education Course
POFP 101 Canadian Criminal Justice System
POFP 102 Psychology
POFP 103 Sociology in Canadian Society
POFP 106 Principles of Ethical Reasoning
POFP 108 Fitness and Lifestyle Management I

Semester 2
COMM 204 Communications for Law Enforcement
GENE 167 Aboriginal Peoples and Diversity in Canada
POFP 201 Criminology
POFP 202 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
POFP 206 Community and Social Services
POFP 208 Fitness and Lifestyle Management 2
POFP 301 Criminal and Civil Law
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 3
POFP 205 Political Science and Public Administration
POFP 300 Community Mobilization and Engagement
POFP 302 Criminal Code
POFP 303 Police Powers 1
POFP 304 Interviewing and Investigating
POFP 308 Fitness and Lifestyle Management 3
POFP 310 Foundations of Mental Health for Law Enforcement
POFP 405 Conflict Management

Semester 4
POFP 9 Career Preparation
POFP 305 Youth in Conflict With the Law
POFP 401 Provincial Offenses
POFP 402 Criminal Code and Federal Statutes
POFP 403 Police Powers 2
POFP 404 Evidence
POFP 407 Traffic Management
POFP 408 Fitness and Lifestyle Management 4

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


The teachers in the Police Foundations program were top-notch. After hearing from other people about their experiences in the same program at other colleges, I’m even more certain that SLC is one of the BEST colleges available. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone!

Robert Osborne

Program Contact

Carolyn Taylor

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

The program prepares graduates to successfully complete the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) test, a standardized entry requirement for all provincial and municipal Police Services.

Applicants are expected to have the physical and mental health needed to:

a) successfully cope with the program of instruction

b) meet the public health requirements of any law enforcement or volunteer agency to which they might apply.

It is highly recommended that applicants check the Essential Hiring Requirements of the police service to which they may want to apply. In addition, a vision and hearing test is strongly suggested. This information is required to assist applicants to understand the requirements of the employer and how their results compare with these requirements.

In order to be considered for employment by a police service, an individual who has been criminally convicted under a federal statute (other than the Youth Criminal Justice Act or the Y.O.A.) must obtain a pardon prior to submitting an application. There may be a fee for the criminal history check.

Please Note: To participate in learning activities with policing agencies, a criminal background check will be required. If you have been in conflict with the law by con­travening a federal statute(s), you may not meet the security clearance(s). Meeting the behavioural standard will be the responsibil­ity of the student.

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