Police Foundations

Program: PFPR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Orillia, Owen Sound


Students engage in academic and practical courses to develop the knowledge and skills demanded by Canadian police services. Forensic crime scene investigation, interview skills, use of force theory and application, police powers, and crisis intervention techniques are areas of focus. The physical training and career preparation components of the program prepare students to meet the specific demands of police recruitment processes and a career in the field.

Career Opportunities

Diverse opportunities within the field of policing may be available to graduates, including employment with Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial police services, municipal/regional police organizations, private policing services, the Canadian Forces Military Police, and various other justice agencies.

Applicants with a criminal record will need to discuss their personal situation with college counsellors before enrolling in the program. In some cases, a criminal record may make it more difficult for students to find related employment after graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. complete all tasks in compliance with pertinent legislation, as well as policing standards, regulations and guidelines;
  2. analyze all relevant information and make effective and legally defensible decisions in accordance with ethical and professional standards;
  3. be accountable for one's actions when carrying out all tasks;
  4. develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development;
  5. ensure the respect of human rights and freedoms in all interactions;
  6. work co-operatively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve mutual goals;
  7. collaborate in the development and implementation of community policing strategies;
  8. monitor, evaluate and document behaviours, situations and events accurately and discreetly in compliance with legal, professional, ethical and organizational requirements;
  9. mitigate risks and maintain order by applying effective strategies in crisis, conflict and emergency situations;
  10. take positive actions to help crime victims;
  11. conduct investigations by collecting, documenting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence;
  12. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  13. identify and connect program specific curriculum and learning outcomes with active engagement and service in the community;
  14. apply entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and approaches to active engagement and service within the community.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake - Orillia, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at https://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional Information

Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.

Graduation Requirements

21 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
LAWS 1005 Introduction to Security Skills 42
LAWS 1017 Canadian Criminal Justice 42
LAWS 1021 Public Safety and Emergency Management 42
LAWS 1022 Interviewing and Documentation 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
FITN 1015 Fitness and Wellness for Policing 1 42
LAWS 1018 Government in Canadian Society 42
LAWS 1020 Introduction to Criminal Law 42
LAWS 2048 Mental Health in Public Safety 42
PFPR 2045 Community Policing Response to Social Issues 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
FITN 2016 Fitness and Wellness for Policing 2 42
LAWS 1019 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Community Safety 42
PFPR 2008 Provincial Statutes 42
PFPR 2030 Police Powers 42
PFPR 2032 Forensic Crime Scene Investigation 42
PFPR 2042 Career Entry Preparation 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
PFPR 2044 Criminology in Police Foundations 42
PFPR 2047 Public Safety Capstone Course 42
PFPR 2048 Trends and Issues in Policing 42
PFPR 2049 Cybercrime 42
LAWS 2049 Conflict Management and Crisis Intervention 42
LAWS 2050 Youth Justice in Canada 42
 Total Hours1092

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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