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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Police Foundations

Prepare for a career in law enforcement or security.

For the Winter 2021 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

Building a strong foundation

Discover how Sheridan's Police Foundations program prepares its students for a future in law enforcement through hands-on labs, physical training and unique community programs.

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Sheridan’s Police Foundations program explores the world of law enforcement, preparing you for an exciting career.

Prepare for the modern world of policing

The Internet, terrorism threats and changing laws require a modern approach to policing. Sheridan’s Police Foundations program gets you ready for it. You’ll learn:

  • Canadian law
  • Police policy/procedures and legislation
  • Police fitness
  • Investigation and interviewing skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Forensic crime scene analysis

Get a strong foundation in law enforcement

Police services have strict hiring standards. At Sheridan, you’ll take physical fitness and other seminar courses to prepare you for these requirements. You’ll also learn current legislation, and how police promote and maintain safety. If you want to become a police officer or want a security-related career, this program prepares you for the next steps.

Launch your security career

To become a security guard in Ontario, you must be licensed. To get a security license, you must pass a course from a Ministry-approved institution and write an exam. Sheridan is an approved institution. This means you can write the exam after you complete this program without taking any extra courses.

Get work experience

We’ve built strong relationships with police and community organizations, which approach us with volunteer opportunities for our students. This gives you the chance to build your resume and get work experience. You could mentor at-risk youth, provide event security, or join our peer mentoring program. Some students have also participated in internships at the Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Learn from industry professionals

Our professors have a wealth of policing experience, including:

  • Patrol
  • Major crime investigations
  • Tactical response
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Senior police management
  • Forensics
  • By-law enforcement
  • Community outreach

Note: Police services have minimum hiring requirements. If you want a career in policing, please check the hiring standards on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website before you enter this program.

Explore your future labs

In Police Foundations at Sheridan, you'll work in labs and classrooms designed to imitate work environments in the real world. Curious to see what they look like? Take a virtual tour of the Police Foundations Lab and the Fitness and Defensive Tactics Room you'll use as a student in this program.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PPOLF