Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology's 2-year Police Foundations diploma is a career-oriented program designed for individuals who aspire to a career in policing or related areas, like private investigation or private security. Candidates will be trained in the academic, practical, and physical abilities to pass the various entrance assessments, examinations, programs, and/or general requirements that police departments, as well as 'related jurisdictions and justice professions,' may require as part of their hiring process, particularly the Ontario Constable Selection Standards.. The Program's first year 'introduces students to the generic issues confronting the policing profession and more generally the Canadian Criminal Justice System.' These include such issues as First Nations, physical fitness and lifestyle management, interpersonal and group dynamics, and personal and professional communications.
The Program's final year will focus specifically on providing candidates with the knowledge and skills 'required to perform policing duties, including: Ethics, Investigation Techniques, Police Powers, Community Policing and Traffic Management.' To graduate, students must successfully complete 24 mandatory courses, 4 General Education courses, and 2 Communication courses, attaining at least 50 percent 'or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester,' and an average of 60 percent per semester and to graduate. The Program has 'been endorsed by the Ministry of Solicitor General Police Learning Systems Advisory Committee and the Justice and Public Safety Institute Advisory Committee,' including representation from Canada Customs, Corrections Canada, Canadian Armed Forces Military Police, Canadian Society for Industrial Security, Police Association of Ontario, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Corrections, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Simcoe County Board of Education.
Graduates of the Program may pursue careers, career advancement, and/or educational opportunities in policing, corrections, security, and other related areas of the criminal justice system. Students should be aware, however, that having a criminal record could be an obstacle to finding employment in the Criminal Justice field as many employers are reluctant to hire those with a criminal history. Additionally, some careers may require further training or requirements beyond the diploma, as determined by individual employers. Most police departments, for example, require candidates to write assessment examinations, meet certain physical and psychological criteria, have valid CPR, First Aid, and driver's license, and undergo recruit training. In Ontario, in accordance with the regulations established by Police Services, the recruitment process for police constables utilizes Criminal Record Check and Pardon Process, Physical Readiness Evaluations for Police (PREP), which measures a candidate's physical, including hearing and vision, and fitness capabilities via profession-relevant exercises, and Written Communication Tests (WCT).
Career-wise, graduates may be employed in various positions across Canada, including working for educational or governmental institutions, private organizations, or for employers in the non-profit or private sector. For example, graduates may work in the areas of administration, corrections, crime prevention, criminal investigation, criminal law, government, insurance, law and law enforcement, national security, offender case management, policing, private and public investigation, public and private security, the courts, victim services, and young offenders, to name but a few. Potential employers for graduates include Canada Customs and Immigration, correctional facilities, federal and provincial law enforcement agencies, juvenile detention centres, military police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and various municipal police forces.
Graduates of the Program may also pursue further educational opportunities, such as at the bachelor's level, in policing, related criminal justice fields, or other disciplines at various universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada and internationally, often with advanced standing. The College does have several existing articulation agreements of which students can take advantage to turn their respective diplomas into degrees.
To be eligible for admission to the Diploma program, applicants who followed 'the OSIS curriculum must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD - 30 credits) at the general level, or equivalent.' and 'a minimum of Grade 12 English at the general level. Grade 12 Mathematics at the general level is recommended.' Applicants who followed 'the OSS curriculum must have an OSSD or equivalent,' including 'Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U).' Although not required for admission, OSS applicants are encouraged to complete 'Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP 4C or MCT 4C), or any Grade 12 University. Mathematics.'
Prospective students 'who are 19 years of age or over by the first day of classes, and who lack the academic admission qualifications, may be considered for entrance as mature students.' Mature applicants 'will be considered on an individual basis and acceptance will be determined by counseling, College Placement Testing (CPT), previous post-secondary education and evaluation of experience.' All applicants should attain 'keyboarding ability, basic computer literacy and word processing skills.' Furthermore, all students 'required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.'