Sunday, July 3, 2011

See The Options a Police Foundations Program Offers

Whether your interest lies in protecting a business as a security guard, your local community as a police officer or the nation as a customs officer, you can get your start with a Police Foundations program. These undertakings teach students everything they need to know to begin their journey to becoming involved in law enforcement. While positions do vary, Police Foundation programs teach students information that they will require — no matter what route they take.

With courses based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life, the Centennial College Police Foundations program teaches students to: initiate, promote and facilitate partnerships to meet community policing and security needs; apply fundamental concepts of political science, law and legislative policy making and public administration to the provision of police services; assess crisis intervention strategies; and develop strategies to assist crime victims; 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 Freedoms; assess the use of police powers; and assess information-gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques.

If this in-depth knowledge sounds like it may benefit you, you can apply for the two-year Police Foundations program, which results in an Ontario College Diploma and prepares students to apply for positions with the Provincial Police Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Armed Forces and more. Due to the serious nature of the policing field, the application process is very thorough. First, applicants must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. English proficiency will also be considered and a program information session may be required. Applicants should also know that some program experiences might require a criminal reference check.

There is also a host of essential necessities that are typical in policing. Students should have no criminal record, must possess a valid driver's license with a clean driving record and must have valid first aid and/or CPR certification. In addition, there are physical requirements such as: vision checks, standard normal hearing, physical fitness and readiness for the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. Lastly, applicants for police services careers in Ontario must be able to pass a security clearance, background investigation and credit and reference checks. For full details, please check out Police Foundations admissions page.

Centennial College's Police Foundations program is housed within its School of Community and Health Studies and based at the Progress Campus. Students wear uniforms and are trained in an environment consistent with paramilitary training. This is done in order to help students develop discipline and deportment. One of the standout features of the program is its Police Preparation course, which give students a comprehensive approach in preparing for the application and testing process to become a police officer. Other courses include: Investigation and Evidentiary Procedures, Use of Force, Community and Experiential Policing, Youth in Conflict with the Law, Provincial Offenses, and many others.

If students wish to continue their education at university level upon graduation from Centennial College's Police Foundations program, the college has partnered with University of Guelph-Humber and Utica College - University of Syracuse. This makes the transition to the university level easier.

Centennial College: Police Foundations Program

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