Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Police Foundations Teaches Latest Industry Know-How

Policing a community is a difficult task. Not only must you be aware of your surroundings but you must also keep in mind the training you have obtained to keep a level head at all times — even if an emergency arises. In the policing field, you will be faced with people from all walks of life who will need your help or who will pose a danger to the community. As such, obtaining a solid education is essential. Police Foundations at Centennial College not only results in an Ontario College Diploma in two years but also sees you graduate with the ability to withstand pressure, communicate effectively, act as problem-solvers and help people in the community. In addition, you will have knowledge of current law enforcement methods, conflict resolution techniques, criminal proceedings, community policing principles, and the experience necessary to carry out decisions that can be applied in further police training.

Applicants to this Police Foundations program must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. English proficiency will be considered and a program information session may be required. Applicants should note that some program experiences might require a criminal reference check. Additionally, parties interested in attending Centennial College’s Police Foundations must 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. Among physical requirements are: 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.

Once you are accepted, you will be exposed to intense training equivalent to that of a paramilitary environment, which will help you to develop discipline and deportment. As such, you will partake in courses based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life. Specific topics covered in Police Foundations are: police preparation (an important courses that prepares you for the application and testing process to become a police officer); principles of psychology, issues in diversity, Canadian criminal justice system, criminology for policing, professional police standards, fitness, youth in conflict with the law, criminal code and police powers, use of force and many others.

After completing Police Foundations, you are able to apply for further study with one of the program’s education partners: the University of Guelph-Humber, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Utica College - University of Syracuse.

Additionally, as a Police Foundations graduate you are prepared to apply for positions as a police officer, customs officer, security officer and more with organizations such as the Provincial Police Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Armed Forces and more.

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