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Police Foundations

Police Foundations

Program Code:LAW
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
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.

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.

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, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • basic computer knowledge
    • moderate degree of physical fitness
    • completion of a secondary school law subject.


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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.


  • Canadian Police Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Society for Industrial Security (CSIS Inc.)
  • Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO)
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM)
  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)

Transfer Pathways

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 (Health & Human Services with a minor in Psychology, 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
• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Community Development and Policy Studies – Bridge
Trent University• Bachelor of Science, Forensic Science or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, joint major in Forensic Science
Wilfrid Laurier University• 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 term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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
PFD330 Criminology 3
PFD340 Rules of Evidence 3
PFD360 Youth in Conflict with the Law 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 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
PFD450 Diversity and First Nations 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Criminal Law and The Charter of Rights and Freedom
Criminal Justice System and Community Services
Law Enforcement Communications
Fitness and Lifestyle Management I
Career Preparation
Semester 2
Interpersonal Relations and Conflict Management
Arrest, Search and Force
Criminal Code Offences
Security and Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention and Community Policing
General Education Option
Semester 3
Forensic Crime Scene Investigation
Rules of Evidence
Youth in Conflict with the Law
Introduction to Psychology
General Education Option
Semester 4
Fitness and Lifestyle Management II
Traffic Law and Collision Investigation
Selected Provincial and Federal Statutes
Court Case Preparation and Presentation
Police Practices
Diversity and First Nations

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Nycole Harding
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55129
Program Chair: Mona Nouroozifar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010

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"Each and every professor took the time and commitment for each of his/her students and their successes. Never before have I encountered educators so set on seeing every single student succeed in their chosen paths, and for this, I cannot thank you enough."

Ben Wine
2012 Graduate