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Police Foundations

Program Code: PFND
Credential Type: Ontario College Diploma
Length: Two-Year
Intake(s): September & January
Intake Status: Open
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Your educational aspiration for entry into policing or another related law enforcement agency is attainable through the Police Foundations program.

During the first year, a broad theoretical foundation is provided on human relations and an overview of the criminal justice system. The second year focuses on preparing students for the Constable Selection process. This includes police powers, investigation, evidence and community policing. Students also achieve certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training from the Crisis Prevention Institute. During their studies, students will utilize similar testing instruments from the Constable Selection process such as Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI); Written Communications Testing (WCT); and Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP). The goal of the Police Foundations program is to provide the student with a well-rounded education that prepares them for a possible career in law enforcement.

Students play a part in first response situations at Lambton College’s Fire and Public Safety Centre of Excellence, which recently underwent an approximate $11 million upgrade and is collaboratively used between criminal justice and fire students. Gain volunteer hours with Lambton College's student-run Safe Walk program and apply for volunteer opportunities with local police services in traffic control and search and rescue capacities.

Please Note: Any applicant entering this program must determine employment entrance criteria set by individual employers and must ensure fulfillment of those criteria. A criminal record could be a serious impediment to employment.


O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The test(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects.For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.


In order to graduate from a program, the College requires that a student:

  1. achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater, and
  2. successfully complete all courses in the program curriculum.

Some programs may have additional requirements for progression through and/or graduation from the program. Please refer to the program map for any additional program requirements.


Graduates may find employment with: military police, special constables (transit police), by-law enforcement, Canada Border Services, correctional services (federal and provincial), police services — federal, provincial, regional or municipal , loss prevention/retail security, alcohol and gaming (casinos/slots), industrial/corporate security, and private security/investigation.


For further information contact:

Fire Sciences & Public Safety
519-542-7751 ext 3809


International Education
519-542-7751 ext 3018


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