Police Foundations


Program Information

Individuals with an educational aspiration for entry into policing or another related law enforcement agency will find it with 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 courses specific to law enforcement, investigation, police powers and community policing. Students also achieve certification in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training from the Crisis Prevention Institute, Mental Health First Aid from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS-100) from Emergency Management Ontario. 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 & Public Safety Centre of Excellence - the largest live fueled centre in Canada. Students gain volunteer hours and field-related experience through participation in 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. Lambton College's faculty represent a diverse representation of the criminal justice system including police, security and other related professionals. This, coupled with small class sizes, ensures students receive a highly successful educational experience.

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. 

Device Requirements

This program requires an iPad.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

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 assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(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.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates 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.

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Looking to go further? Students who successfully complete the Police Foundations program can either transfer their credits towards the third-year of Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Professional Arts – Criminal Justice (BPA-CJ) degree program, or students can transfer credits towards Lake Superior State University's Bachelor of Criminal Justice - Generalist degree, completing the four-year bachelor degree in as little as one academic year.

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