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    Police Foundations

Program Code:LAW
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Prepare for an exciting career in law enforcement and policing.

As a student of our four–semester Police Foundations program, you’ll gain a comprehensive police foundations education combining the best aspects of legal education with practical skill development. Complete the program and you’ll be equipped for a demanding and satisfying career in policing, public safety and law enforcement, and develop a strong desire for continued learning throughout your career.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Act in a manner consistent with all relevant law and legislation, and professional, organizational, and ethical standards.
  • Communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly to develop effective working relationships with individuals, groups, and multidisciplinary teams in order to achieve goals.
  • Apply knowledge of fundamental concepts of psychology, sociology, and criminology when interacting with peers, supervisors, other professionals, victims, suspects/offenders, and the public.
  • Document, prepare, and assist in the presentation of court cases in compliance with criminal and provincial law, rules of evidence, and the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  • Assess the use of police powers.
  • Initiate, promote, and facilitate partnerships to meet community policing and security needs.
  • Assess the relationship of policing services to other participants in the criminal justice system and other community service agencies.
  • Make sound decisions based on an evaluation of situations.
  • Cope with stress and optimize fitness and wellness.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of political science, law and legislative policy making, and public administration to the provision of police services.
  • Assess information-gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques.
  • Assess crisis intervention strategies.
  • Develop strategies to assist crime victims to meet their needs.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, basic computer knowledge, a moderate degree of physical fitness, and completion of a secondary school law course is recommended.
  • Students are required to be highly literate and have good analytical skills to be successful in this program.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Policing and law enforcement education are evolving rapidly. Developed in co–operation with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, this program prepares you to be a candidate for police services, as well as other rewarding law enforcement and security–related careers. Community policing now offer talented individuals more opportunities than ever before.

Affiliations and Associations

Members of our faculty belong to a number of organizations including:

  • Canadian Police Association
  • Canadian Society for Industrial Security
  • Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediators
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association

Constable Selection Process

Applicants are advised that following graduation from Police Foundations, the selection process for police services in Ontario includes:

  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada;
  • Written aptitude and communications tests;
  • Criminal Records check;
  • Physical fitness testing;
  • Vision, hearing and medical tests.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
Brock University• 4-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, Sociology, Geography or Political Science degree
Carleton University• Any Relevant Major
King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario• Bachelor of Art, Arts or Social Science
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Criminology)
Laurentian University• Bachelor of Arts (General) - Law and Justice
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminal Justice (Legal Studies and Administration Stream or Policing Stream)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Criminology and Justice – Bridge
• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Forensic Psychology – Bridge
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts - Governance, Law and Management
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice
University of New Brunswick• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BBA – General Business


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Monash University• Bachelor of Arts with Criminology major (Caulfield or Clayton Campus)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
LAW120 Criminal Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms 3
LAW130 Criminal Justice System and Community Services 3
LAW140 Law Enforcement Communications 3
LAW150 Fitness and Lifestyle Management I 2
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
LAW210 Interpersonal Relations and Conflict Management 3
LAW220 Arrest, Search, Force 3
LAW230 Criminal Code Offences 3
LAW250 Crime Prevention and Community Policing 3
SOC225 Sociology and Canadian Society: Contemporary Issues 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PFD310 Forensic Crime Scene Investigation 3
PFD320 Civil Law for Law Enforcement 3
PFD330 Criminology 3
PFD340 Rules of Evidence 3
POL310 Canadian Politics and Public Administration 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PFD350 Fitness and Lifestyle Management II 2
PFD410 Traffic Law and Collision Investigation 3
PFD420 Selected Provincial and Federal Statutes 3
PFD430 Court Case Preparation and Presentation 4
PFD440 Police Practices 3
SOC551 Ethnic and Race Relations in Canada 3

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Ann Corbold
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55182
Program Chair: Mona Nouroozifar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010
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2012 Graduate

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