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Law enforcement-related careers are one of the best-rated social and community career paths in Canada. Careers that emanate from the Law Enforcement Foundations program are regulated by the Ministry of the Solicitor General (MSG). The MSG regulates Ontario’s private security and investigative services industry, including licensing all security guards, private investigators, and agencies. Employers and businesses that directly employ in-house security staff must also register with the ministry.
Security guards are responsible for guarding or patrolling to protect people or property, while private investigators are responsible for conducting investigations to provide information. Both are expected to carry out their work professionally, effectively, safely, and lawfully.
The Law Enforcement Foundations program will provide you with knowledge of the field’s legal and ethical elements. You’ll explore the investigative skills you’ll need to enter a career in the public safety sector; security, policing, correctional officer, private investigation or law enforcement. Graduates will know the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code of Canada and legislation regarding criminal and civil law.
Theory: 46 weeks
Potential Career Paths After Completing the Program
Law Enforcement Professionals can make on average $17.67 – $33.89 per hour
*(source: ca.indeed.com 2020)
Candidates must submit a copy of their Secondary School Diploma (OSSD, GED, or better), if this is not available they will be required to pass the Scholastic Level Exam (SLE).
This module will provide students with an overview of Microsoft Office and create skills that permit them to work with several MS modules as they relate specifically to project management. Students will develop skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, MS Project and Outlook.
This module is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the various components of the Canadian Criminal Justice System and provide an introduction to the various components of Canadian Law. Students will gain a historical and current perspective on legislation that impacts law enforcement services, corrections and the functionality of the court system. Specific attention will be given to the Constitution Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Along with this, students will have an opportunity to learn current trends and issues affecting our current system of government.
In this module, students will have the opportunity to examine the importance of Criminal and Civil Law in relation to community and police services. Canadian Civil law will be analyzed in terms of the development, structure and current application of the various laws that police officers and those working with the general public experience. Along with this, students will learn the rights and responsibilities of law enforcement officers and citizens. Topics of discussion will include, but not limited to: investigation, privacy legislation, tort law, insurance law, consumer protection, fraud and marital law.
This module is composed of comprehensive first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines, meets federal and a variety of provincial and territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR. This module exceeds competitors’ standards by including injury prevention content, CPR and AED.
This module will focus on the provincial offences and the role of law enforcement officers. Past and present
legislation such as Provincial Offences Act, Mental Health Act, Residential Tenancies Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor License Act, Environmental Protection Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Child and Family Services Act, Coroners Act, Family Law, Child and family Services Act, Blind Persons’ Rights Act and Safe Streets Act will be studied. Students will learn appropriate enforcement action for various provincial offences. In addition, this Module introduces the student to Science of Criminology.
This module is geared towards educating students on the importance of physical fitness, strength and adopting a healthy lifestyle while working as a professional law enforcement. Students will analyze relevant and recent studies regarding health and wellness, nutrition, stress management, mental/emotional health and the basics of kinesiology related to physical fitness. Along with this, students will be introduced to the requirements of both the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police Test (PREP) and the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation test (PARE). Finally, it introduces the student to proper methods of stretching, warm-ups, cardio, strength training and cool-downs.
This module focuses on the emerging trends in private investigations used be law enforcement officers and field investigators. Legislation including the Private Investigation and Security Guards Act, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and the Code of Ethics for Private Investigators will be analyzed and interpreted. Students will learn the various tools and resources available to private investigators to assist in gathering information, warrants, audio/ visual surveillance, photography and witnesses. Students will also brush up on their report writing skills used to complete investigation reports.
In this module, students will analyze the history of law enforcement regulations and the ethics involved when working with the public. Historical and current analysis regarding the code of ethics will be discussed. These strategies for ethical reasoning will be found using circumstances in case study analysis, which will give our students the opportunity to discuss and debate current issues in ethical reasoning and understanding. These scenarios that police officers may encounter can be used as examples in exercises in critical thinking, critical judgements, sensitivity training and ethical decision-making principles. Additionally, this module introduces the students to the various types of Police agencies in Canada and their roles.
This module explores how Canada is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural countries in the world, and therefore issues related to diversity and cultural awareness must be addressed when working with the general public. Topics related to issues in diversity include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and age. Students will also learn about aboriginal culture in Canada, and the need for sensitivity, awareness and cultural empowerment. This module exposes the student to the various aspects of community Policing ranging from the dealing of diversity and social issues to the many social problems and prejudices associated to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and age.
In this module, students will learn the basic investigation skills used in the public sector, including observation, analysis, evidence, identification, collection, preservation and the importance of taking notes. Students will also examine various techniques and theories in advance communication. Students will learn to plan, research and conduct effective interviews to gain knowledge regarding individual age, culture, gender, motivation and personality. Strategies for effective communication change depending on the interviewee, and therefore Canadian College of Health Science and Technology educators will examine how to conduct interviews for witnesses, suspects, persons of interest, vulnerable people and children. Along with this, students will learn how to gather, maintain and preserve evidence to assist in criminal investigations.
This module focuses heavily on the differential and circumstantial considerations that are given to youth that come in conflict with the law. An historical and current look at the legislation affecting the youth in Canada will be examined, with specific reference to the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Young Offenders Act. Students will learn how to communicate, interview and detain youth in a sensitive matter, while understanding the alternative means to sentencing to encourage and promote prevention and rehabilitation.
This module explores how effective communication techniques are essential skills for any individual in a professional work environment. These skills in communication are an essential element in the field of police work. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts the techniques in verbal communication that can be used to resolve and de-escalate various conflict and crisis situations. Along with this, students will learn how to assess conflict situations and select appropriate methods of intervention and strategies for dispute resolution. Written communication skills will also be addressed to enhance the skills required to effectively write police reports and prepare case studies.
This module introduces the student to the basics of psychology as needed and related to the law enforcement. It gives the students an insight into the world of mental illness as well as introduces the students to the signs and symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. This Module also introduces the student in how to deal with persons with mental illness, as well as addiction and dependence.
This module introduces the student to the importance of proper and accurate documentation as a means to detect patterns and trends. The students are introduced to the CPI Coping Model SM as a way to negotiate through conflict. A major focus is employee debriefing with an introduction to crisis response teams and the long term effects of a crisis incident are explored in this module. This module prepares students on how to respond to violence, how to deal with individuals who are losing or lost control of their behaviour.