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  • Objectives
    The Law and Security Administration and Police Foundations Programs share a common first-year curriculum providing a broad theoretical and general base of studies in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Second-year courses are directed towards specific knowledge acquirement and skill development required for a law enforcement career in either the public or private sectors. Police Foundations is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in public policing.
  • Academic Title
    Police Foundations Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1850     Essential Writing Skills

    Description: This course will introduce students to the essential concepts of grammar and sentence structure leading to effective college-level paragraph construction.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    FIT1030     Fitness And Lifestyle Management

    Description: Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to the enhanced quality of life. This course introduces the student to the concepts of wellness with an emphasis on fitness, providing practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. Students, through lectures, independent practical experience and self-evaluation address physical fitness, nutrition, self-responsibility, stress management, cardiovascular disease, shift work, and back health. The student will be introduced to concepts to assist them in developing strategies to help them design and implement an effective personal fitness program for general health and wellness. Students will be introduced to the Bona Fide Occupational Requirements for policing (PREP test), as well as the Peel Regional Police Fitness Standards so that they are aware of fitness performance expectations should they elect, and be accepted into, Fitness for Police Foundations next semester.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LAW1010     Law Enforcement Careers
    Description: This course is designed to broaden the students' knowledge of the various law enforcement careers available to them. An in-depth look at the duties, responsibilities, salary, hiring requirements, employment standards, and legislation of specific fields is included.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LAW1020     Introduction to Law
    Description: The student will receive an introduction to Canadian law and the legal system by becoming familiar with the language of the law and terminology used throughout the administration of justice. Recognition of how 'law' is established through judicial and legislative authority will be gained and the concepts and principles which form the structure of both civil and criminal law will be learned.. The foundation of all government authority will be examined through an introduction to the Constitution Act, 1982, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms. Completion of this course will serve as the framework for the more practical applications of law developed in the progressive semesters.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LAW1040     Principles Of Ethical Reasoning
    Description: This course focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LAW1060     Canadian Criminal Justice System
    Description: Providing an overview of the Canadian Criminal Justice System with a particular emphasis on the history, function, role and organization of Canadian law enforcement services, this course examines the operation of the criminal justice system. Each of the major components from enforcement through the courts and correctional services will be explored.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOC1010     Sociology And Canadian Society
    Description: This course deals with the systematic study of groups and societies. The focus is on the analysis of Canadian social institutions and the social processes that impact upon our everyday lives. A major emphasis will be placed on the pluralistic nature of Canadian society. Current data is drawn upon to convey the fundamental principles and concepts of sociology in a framework that is relevant to the Canadian student.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    COMM1860     Applied Writing Skills

    Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of vocationally-specific formats and further development of their paragraph writing skills leading to the creation of more comprehensive documents.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    FIT1010     Fitness for Police Foundations I
    Description: Building on the theoretical knowledge gained in Fitness and Lifestyle Management, this course focused on the practical application of the Bona Fide Occupational Requirements for policing (PREP testing), as well as the Peel Regional Police Fitness Standards. Students are required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain an overall physical fitness level to prepare the student to meet the physical fitness requirements for the course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: FIT1030

    LAW1080     Criminal Law And Civil Law
    Description: Enabling students to analyze the elements of an offence, to classify offences and to identify possible defenses in criminal cases, this course also teaches students to analyze the rights and obligations of citizens in areas of civil law. The student will recognize the responsibilities and limitations of citizens in light of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LAW1020

    LAW1180     Community and Social Services
    Description: This course will explore the structure and administration of community organizations and social services that operate within and adjacent to the Criminal Justice System. The student is required to perform community service and apply knowledge obtained within the course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LAW1210     Criminology
    Description: This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour including the sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity. The reality of crime in Canada including victimology is examined through crime statistics and correlates of criminal behaviour. The impact on theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future trends within the system.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LIBS1360     Political Science/Public Administration

    Description: This course provides an introduction to the concepts of both political science and public administration and the way they relate to law enforcement. The history of politics in Canada, as well as the complexities of elections, political parties, policy development, the legislative process, are examined. Additionally, the course includes an analysis of the theories pertaining to public administration and an understanding of the interaction among the three levels of government.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PLCE2080     Conflict Management
    Description: This course is designed to develop the ability of the participant to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation will be examined from its inception through intervention by either police or other law enforcement agencies. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are discussed along with intervention strategies directed toward specific incidents. Behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters are analyzed and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters are learned. These responses emphasize both officer and public/client safety through awareness and preparation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PSYC1010     Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour
    Description: Psychology is the study of behaviour - that of humans and other creatures. This one-semester course is about the basic concepts of psychological research methods, learning, memory, perception, states of consciousness, motivation, and emotion.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOC1020     Contemporary Social Problems
    Description: The student will analyze contemporary social issues using the current social science paradigms and theories. Topics such as crime, violence, abuse, social stratification, ageism and racism will are included.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SOC1010

    Level Three
    FIT2020     Fitness for Police Foundations II

    Description: Building on the physical fitness level achieved in Fitness for Police Foundations I, this course focuses on the practical application of the Bona Fide Occupational Requirements for policing (PREP testing), as well as the Peel Regional Police Fitness Standards. Students are required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain an overall physical fitness level to prepare the student to meet the physical fitness requirements for the course.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIT1010

    LAW1160     Interviewing And Investigation

    Description: This course focuses on interviewing and investigation skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses and suspects. They also learn the basic steps of investigation including the practical development of notetaking and observation skills.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LAW2050     Criminal Code

    Description: In this course students will analyze specific elements of selected Criminal Code offences. These include offences against the person, against property and against public order. Students will research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences and use case law to argue or defend decisions. Students will also develop police report writing skills.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LAW1080

    PLCE2010     Police Preparation

    Description: In this course, the student will examine all aspects of the police service application process and learn the skills necessary to improve the chances of hire. The course will begin with the basics of resume building and take the student through to the complicated testing and interviewing procedure that he/she will encounter in the application process. The hiring process is complicated and requires the proper knowledge and skills to successfully pass.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PLCE2025     Police Powers
    Description: This course examines pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their impact on the Canadian Criminal Procedure. Citizen and police arrest and release authorities, police powers of search and seizure with and without warrant, police use of force authorities, and police discretion and its implications are discussed. This course enables the student to become familiar with police terminology and apply the procedures required to affect arrest and release. The course focuses on police governance and accountability as it relates to the Police Services Act of Ontario, The Criminal Code of Canada and civilian oversight of policing.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    PLCE2045     Traffic Management

    Description: In this course, students will develop the knowledge, skills and ability to locate and apply sections of Provincial and Federal Traffic Laws. Students will practice locating topics in the Acts and Regulations, master the definitions required to interpret traffic laws and will apply the law concerning Police Authorities, driver’s licenses, permits and rules of the road. Students develop and practice interpersonal strategies and procedures for dealing with motor vehicle stops and managing collision scenes...
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PLCE2070     Provincial Offences

    Description: Students examine scenarios and determine the appropriate enforcement action for the most common provincial statutes. Topics studied will include arrest, search and seizure authorities, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies. Statutes examined are: Provincial Offences Act, Mental Health Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor License Act, Child and Family Services Act, Coroners Act, Family Law Act, and the Blind Persons Act.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Four
    COMM2000     Advanced Writing Skills

    Description: In conjunction with the student's specified vocational program course, students will be guided in the creation of a major writing project or assignment that is required by their vocational program course. Students will be introduced to fundamental research skills and assignment-specific vocational document formats.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    FIT2030     Fitness for Police Foundations III
    Description: Building on the physical fitness level achieved in Fitness for Police Foundations II, this course focuses on the practical application of the Bona Fide Occupational Requirements for policing (PREP testing), as well as the Peel Regional Police Fitness Standards. Students are required to participate in group fitness training sessions in order to increase and/or maintain an overall physical fitness level to prepare the student to meet the physical fitness requirements for the course, and ultimately to meet the demands of a policing career.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: FIT2020

    LAW1170     Investigation And Evidence
    Description: In this course students will examine the requirements of a continuing investigation. Students learn the rules of evidence and develop the ability to apply said rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. Forensic requirements, statute law and other related issues are emphasized.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LAW1160

    LAW2060     Criminal Code And Federal Statutes
    Description: This course is a continuation of the Criminal Code course. Students analyze elements of offences related to weapons and the Firearms Act, controlled drugs and substances and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Provisions of other federal statutes and their relationship with the Criminal Code are also examined.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LAW2050

    LAW2070     Applied Communications in Law Enforcement

    Description: This level two course is designed to enable students to enhance and apply the language skills learned in Communications I to longer, more advanced projects. Students will develop and enhance their reading, listening, and observational skills, and also acquire effective presentation skills. They will complete exercises that familiarize them with professional communication practices including various techniques used in speaking to groups and each student will be required to make a presentation. Additionally, they will write notebook entries and incident reports following guidelines used by law enforcement agencies.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    LAW2260     Security Seminars/Career Preparation

    Description: The Security Seminars/Career Preparation course is designed to provide students with real life experiences to enhance their skills and to introduce them to the tests associated with the law enforcement fields. The security seminars will include topics such as use of force demonstrations, non-lethal control methods, and searching persons for contraband and weapons. The career preparation will introduce and prepare students for testing in the areas of corrections, policing (Regional, OPP & RCMP), and Canadian Border Services Agency.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LAW2290     Information Security

    Description: This course is taught in a computer lab and will introduce students to the field of high technology crime. Students will learn how learn the basic components of computer systems, networks and related devices. The students will learn what makes systems vulnerable to attack and principles of how to secure them. The student will also learn computer system incident response and how to investigate computer crime.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PLCE2035     Community Policing

    Description: This course will introduce students to theories and models of community policing. The focus will be on problem solving models and community development strategies as well as methods to maintain good relationships between the community and the police.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    SOC2010     Youth in Conflict with the Law
    Description: This course will enable the student to examine and analyze, in the context of the Young Offenders Act (1982) and other relevent legislation, the detention, interviewing and processing through the court structure of young offenders. In addition, the student will be able to summarize and appraise disposition alternatives which may be employed with a view to aiding and rehabilitating a young offender while facilitating public safety and victim response, if applicable.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LAW1060, LAW1180

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