Police Foundations

Ontario College Diploma (28 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 0444X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

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Full-time Online
Full-time On Campus

Our Program

This Ontario College Diploma program is the first step in preparing students for a career in the field of Law Enforcement. Students gain a broad education in human relations skills and the interpretations of social interaction. The curriculum includes courses on police powers and procedures, community policing, investigation processes, diversity, professional ethics, communication skills and fitness testing.

To qualify for this diploma, students must complete the program within seven years.

Students are exposed to municipal, provincial and federal policing operations while benefiting from training by experienced police officers and an interdisciplinary faculty.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess good communication skills (written, verbal, technological) and interpersonal abilities.
  • Are committed to serving the broad and diverse needs of their community.
  • Have analytical and observational skills.
  • Enjoy working as a team member.
  • Lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Your Career

Graduates who successfully complete the requirements set by Law Enforcement Agencies may find employment with municipal, regional and provincial police services in Ontario and the rest of Canada. They may also find employment with other related law enforcement agencies.

Application criteria for police services in Ontario are outlined in the Ontario Police Services Act. An applicant must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position;
  • be of good moral character and habits;
  • be a graduate of at least four years of secondary school education or its equivalent;
  • possess vision and hearing within acceptable standards;
  • possess a current Standard First Aid certificate and a current CPR certificate at time of hire;
  • have no criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted;
  • pass a medical examination.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Books and supplies cost approximately $1045 in first year and $550 in second year.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Substitutes and equivalencies for Winter 2017

  • The course PHP1040 is not available this semester, ENL1813 is the equivalent.
  • The courses PFP3095 and PFP4098 are not available this semester, PFP3097 is the equivalent.

This full-time and part-time online program is also offered full-time on the Woodroffe, Pembroke and Perth Campuses. Although the learning outcomes at the Ottawa, Pembroke and Perth Campuses are the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of the local circumstances, which affect program delivery.

If you have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada for which you have not been granted a pardon, you are strongly encouraged to consult your academic advisor (coordinator) since this can significantly limit employment opportunities in the field of Law Enforcement and Regulatory Enforcement. A current Certificate of Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector is required by Police Foundations students wishing to volunteer on behalf of the program.

Students seeking exemptions for required courses are strongly advised to submit relevant documentation well in advance of the commencement of the academic year.


Students who have two or more F grades in a given term or whose term grade point average falls below 1.7 are considered to be on academic probation (Policy AA14 Grading System). This requires students to meet with their coordinator to sign a learning contract which identifies the conditions which must be met to continue in the program. Students who do not meet the terms of their learning contract will be withdrawn from the program.


An Articulation Agreement between Algonquin College and other select post-secondary institutions may permit graduates with an Ontario College Diploma in Police Foundations from Algonquin College to apply for admission into various B.A. programs. Further information can obtained online.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Melissa Langlais, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7310 or langlam1@algonquincollege.com.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
Series: 01
PFP100030.0Career and College SuccessOnline Learning
PFP101045.0Canadian Criminal Justice SystemOnline Learning
PFP102045.0PsychologyOnline Learning
PFP103030.0Sociology and Canadian SocietyOnline Learning
PFP104045.0Communications ICommunications I

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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PFP105145.0Political Science/Public AdministrationOnline Learning
PFP108030.0Fitness and Lifestyle Management IOnline Learning
Series: 02
PFP201045.0CriminologyOnline Learning Online Learning
PFP202045.0Interpersonal and Group DynamicsBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP203145.0Contemporary Social Problems/Community and Social ServicesBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP204045.0Communications IIBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP207145.0Diversity in CanadaBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP209515.0Fitness and Lifestyle Management IIBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP301045.0Criminal and Civil LawBlank Icon Online Learning
Series: 03
PFP302145.0Criminal Code and Federal StatutesBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP304045.0Interviewing and InvestigationsBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP307145.0Traffic ManagementBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP309515.0Fitness and Lifestyle Management IIIBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP409845.0Career PreparationBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP500945.0Police PowersBlank Icon Online Learning
General Education Elective: choose 1
ART000848.0Art History and TheoryBlank Icon Online Learning
COR173745.0Abnormal PsychologyOnline Learning Online Learning
DAT011345.0Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in CanadaBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL000942.0Introduction to Children's LiteratureOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL001042.0Science FictionOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL179845.0Contemporary Canadian IssuesOnline Learning Online Learning
ENV000245.0Environmental CitizenshipBlank Icon Online Learning
FAM100345.0Psychology of LearningBlank Icon Online Learning
GED710545.0Professionalism and EthicsOnline Learning Online Learning
GEO000142.0Political GeographyPolitical Geography

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GEO000245.0Introduction to Geology: an Overview of Planet EarthBlank Icon Online Learning
GEO000345.0Geography and TourismBlank Icon Online Learning
GEO500345.0Introduction to Paleontology (Fossils)Blank Icon Online Learning
HLT013945.0Introduction to Complementary TherapiesIntroduction to Complementary Therapies

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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MGT234645.0Introduction to E-BusinessOnline Learning Online Learning
PSI000242.0Canadian PoliticsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000145.0Co-Dependency as an AddictionBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000245.0Domestic and Workplace ViolenceBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000745.0Cults and TerrorismOnline Learning Online Learning
PSY001045.0Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001145.0Criminal Psychology II - Criminal MindsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001442.0Learning, Thinking and Problem SolvingBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001545.0Social PsychologyBlank Icon Online Learning
SSC004842.0Technology: Apocalypse Or Eden?Technology: Apocalypse Or Eden?

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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SSC501242.0Racism and DiscriminationBlank Icon Online Learning
Series: 04
PFP106045.0Principles of Ethical ReasoningBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP305030.0Youth in Conflict with the LawBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP401030.0Provincial OffencesBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP404045.0Investigation and EvidenceBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP405045.0Conflict ManagementBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP406145.0Community PolicingBlank Icon Online Learning
PFP409130.0Fitness and Self-DefenceBlank Icon Online Learning


PFP1000 Career and College Success

In order to be successful in college and later in the policing profession and in the community, students must learn to adapt to the postsecondary environment. This includes the ability to manage time, resources, finances and stress and how to make critical decisions. Students learn how to take advantage of available college resources and services and understand what is expected of them in a postsecondary educational setting, as well as in a professional law enforcement career.

PFP1010 Canadian Criminal Justice System

Students are provided with an overview of the Canadian criminal justice system with a particular emphasis on the history, function, role and organization of Canadian law enforcement services. Students study the operation of the criminal justice system and analyze relevant contemporary issues. Through case study analysis, group discussions and other experiential learning opportunities, students explore the three components of the Canadian criminal justice system.

PFP1020 Psychology

Students learn to apply basic psychological concepts, including scientific methods, biological bases of behaviour, perception, states of consciousness, learning, motivation and theories of personality. Emphasis is placed on the causes and consequences of human behaviour, including abnormal behaviour.

PFP1030 Sociology and Canadian Society

Both a theoretical and practical understanding of society is important to many aspects of law enforcement. Students explore the social processes that change behaviour, change society, create social inequalities and create culture. With a focus on Canadian society, students apply theoretical knowledge and critical-thinking skills to case studies and current events.

PFP1051 Political Science/Public Administration

Decisions made at all levels of government impact the professional and personal lives of Canadians. Students cultivate an understanding of the role and structure of government, the law-making process, the influence of public policy and their own potential influence on these systems. Through attendance at public meetings, media analysis and debates, students apply knowledge to current issues facing the Canadian government especially as related to law enforcement and the justice system in Canada.

PFP1080 Fitness and Lifestyle Management I

Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to enhance the quality of life. Students are introduced to the concept of wellness and practical strategies for developing and maintaining a healthy life style. Through research, self-evaluation, and practical experience students address physical fitness, nutrition and potential health problems. Students set goals, design and implement an effective personal fitness program and personal diet plan to meet these goals. The Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police test (PREP), as well as the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation test (PARE) are introduced.

PFP2010 Criminology

Criminology seeks to understand the underpinnings of criminal and deviant behaviour. Students examine this behaviour through sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Students apply this knowledge in critical examination of Canadian and global crimes and statistics. A contemporary look at victimology and restorative justice is also provided.

PFP2020 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics

Successfully navigating interpersonal and group dynamics is fundamental to work in law enforcement. Students study and practise group leadership and organization, positive group contribution, effective communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal and active listening. Experiential exercises, including role playing, team challenges and mock investigations allow students to practise the theories they learn.

PFP2031 Contemporary Social Problems/Community and Social Services

Students analyze contemporary social issues using the current social science theories. Topics, such as crime, violence, abuse, racism and deviance in society are included. The structure and administration of community organizations, and social services that operate within and adjacent to the criminal justice system are explored.

PFP2040 Communications II

By the very nature of their work, law enforcement officers communicate constantly with co-workers and a diverse public. Students study and practise typical police writing, from notebooks to arrest reports; interviewing skills; and workplace meetings and presentations. Quizzes and in-class tests also focus on law enforcement entrance testing and legal terminology.

Pre-requisites: PFP1040

PFP2071 Diversity in Canada

Diversity is a hallmark of Canada's progressive society. Learners are challenged to consider the historical, societal and political response to this diversity with compassion and critical thought. The rich cultural legacies of Canada's indigenous peoples guide learners toward a deep understanding of how history has shaped contemporary realities. Cultural experiences, human library subjects, case studies and discourse nurture learners' own identities as citizens of the world.

PFP2095 Fitness and Lifestyle Management II

Students continue to follow their personal fitness program and personal diet plan, readjusting their goals as necessary. Students prepare for the successful completion of the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police test (PREP), as well as the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation Test (PARE).

PFP3010 Criminal and Civil Law

Students analyze the elements of an offence in order to classify offences and identify possible defences in criminal cases. Students also analyze the rights and obligations of citizens involving areas of civil law. They recognize the responsibilities and limitations of citizens and police officers in light of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students develop legal research and analysis skills to locate, interpret, and apply statute and case law.

PFP3021 Criminal Code and Federal Statutes

Students analyze specific elements of selected Criminal Code offences. Provisions of federal statutes and their relationship to the Criminal Code are examined.

PFP3040 Interviewing and Investigations

Focus is on interviewing and investigation skills. Students develop the interviewing skills necessary to retrieve information from victims, witnesses and suspects. Students also learn the basic steps of investigation including the practical development of note-taking and observation skills.

PFP3071 Traffic Management

Students develop the knowledge, skills and ability to locate and apply sections of the Provincial Traffic Law and Criminal Code of Canada. Students practise locating topics in the acts and regulations, master the definitions required to interpret traffic laws and apply the law. Students develop and practise interpersonal strategies and procedures for dealing with motor vehicle stops and traffic accidents. Students apply learned skills to complete collision investigation reports and applicable reports and charges, and are able to articulate evidence in a court room setting.

PFP5009 Police Powers

This course examines pertinent sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the impact on Canadian criminal procedure. The course examines police governance and accountability related to the Police Services Act, police complaints, First Nations policing and management and labour issues. Use of force theory, law and other legal issues related to the use of force are discussed. Theory related to officer safety is examined.

ART0008 Art History and Theory

This course is designed to familiarize students with early historical foundations to present day exemplars of art making. World art with an emphasis on Western art history (from renaissance to today) and minor focus on international art (Canadian, Contemporary, Asian, First Nations, Islamic, etc.) is covered. Students will be expected to complete required readings, write an essay and final examination.

COR1737 Abnormal Psychology

Emphasis is on the study of signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Additionally, there are discussions about eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.

DAT0113 Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in Canada

Youth in Canada today are the first generation to grow up in a digital world and they are transforming our culture and institutions. This course looks at the Internet and its role in shaping recent history and society. It examines the impact of digital media that empowers our youth to communicate, learn, play, shop and work differently from previous generations. It also provides analytical tools to anticipate and act on what lies ahead in the future.

ENL0009 Introduction to Children's Literature

This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.

ENL0010 Science Fiction

Science Fiction shows you other worlds; it describes possible future societies and the problems lurking ahead. It also shows how human beings can and do create these future worlds - that our future is in our hands. Science fiction stands as a bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity.

ENL1798 Contemporary Canadian Issues

A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is essential to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions and debates, as well as related interactive activities, offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives. Use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles and electronic resources) allows for in-depth reflection on the history of current social and political issues.

ENV0002 Environmental Citizenship

Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities. Focus is on both conservation and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as well as on the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Being an environmentally-aware citizen involves personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Students are encouraged to adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

FAM1003 Psychology of Learning

To be successful, individuals need to understand how they acquire new knowledge/skills and how environmental factors impact this process. By examining a variety of theories from both historical and current perspectives, students develop an understanding of how an individual's learning is influenced by developmental, psychological and social elements. Students use real life situations to identify how these theories can be used to support learning and development within continuously changing environments.

GED7105 Professionalism and Ethics

Professionalism and ethics are the foundation for those preparing for leadership roles in the workplace, community and educational settings. By exploring the different facets of leadership theory and ethical dilemmas, students develop decision making, judgment, and personal value positions that form the basis for the examination of professional conduct and personal accountability.

GEO0002 Introduction to Geology: an Overview of Planet Earth

This introductory course examines the science known as geology, the study of the earth. The course begins with the formation of the universe, the solar system, earth and its moon and the planets. Subsequent topics include the history of the earth, describing how oceans and continents were formed, plate tectonics, the movements of the continents, rock types and their formation.

GEO0003 Geography and Tourism

This course examines the world landscapes as well as associated cultural and historical phenomena. Contemporary theories in the earth sciences such as geological time, plate tectonics, processes of erosion, and factors affecting climate are explored. The course is intended for students who wish to know more about how the physical, cultural and historical elements of the world landscape combine to make each designated region interesting and unique.

GEO5003 Introduction to Paleontology (Fossils)

This course is an introduction to the study of fossils - paleontology. It examines the evolution of life on earth, how fossils are preserved, the identification of fossils and the Geological Time Scale.

MGT2346 Introduction to E-Business

Students are provided with tools, skills, an understanding of technology, business concepts and issues that surround the emergence of electronic business. Emphasis is on that part of the Internet known as the World Wide Web (WWW), where such tools as browsers are used. In addition to acquiring basic skills for navigating the Internet, students develop an understanding of the current practices and opportunities in electronic publishing, electronic shopping, electronic distribution and electronic collaboration. Students also explore several of the problems surrounding electronic business and commerce, such as security, authentication, privacy, encryption, safeguarding of intellectual property rights, acceptable use policies and legal liabilities.

Pre-requisites: BUS2301

PSI0002 Canadian Politics

This course will provide an overview of Canadian politics covering the structure of Canadian government, the practice of politics and a background of major political issues.

PSY0001 Co-Dependency as an Addiction

This course provides an overview of how individuals can become addicted to others and relationships. It examines the personalities of abusers and those who are abused. How individuals with complimentary personality disorders unite and form bonds is examined. Object Relations Theory and how women and men are unconsciously drawn to abusive partners because of personality disorders caused by childhood abuse or neglect are the focal point of this course. Students learn how individuals with co-dependent personalities can become capable of breaking free from the cycle many get caught in.

PSY0002 Domestic and Workplace Violence

This course examines workplace, school yard and family violence. Strategies for dealing with this violence will be explored. Conflict resolution strategies will be developed which can be applied to the workplace, school or home environment. Issues such as how and why co-dependency exists as well as the battered wife syndrome and abusive males will be addressed. Students will also examine why confrontation can escalate into violence in the workplace and why bullying exists in schools.

PSY0007 Cults and Terrorism

This course focuses on conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. The reasons why people join and why they may have a difficult time leaving, are examined. Society's contributions to supporting cultic groups are explored. Strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations from cultic and terrorist activity are developed.

PSY0010 Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds

What makes a psychopath tick? Are they born that way, or are they products of society? Are serial killers really possessed with evil, or do they know exactly what they are doing? In this course, students study how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers. You study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. Also, the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning are examined.

PSY0011 Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds

This course further explores issues discussed in Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds, and compares and explains psychological models as they relate to criminology.

PSY0014 Learning, Thinking and Problem Solving

This subject examines selected knowledge about human behaviour and the use of this knowledge to the individual. Students learn how to better understand themselves and others, and to use psychological theory, and research to manage their own lives and their own problems more effectively.

PSY0015 Social Psychology

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, interact, influence and relate to others. The course will emphasize understanding about how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations. Of particular importance will be the study of the individual, their thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations.

SSC5012 Racism and Discrimination

This course targets racism and discrimination that are observed in the Canadian multiculturalism context. Students are able to identify types of discriminations and racisms based on our cultural values and find the connection between discrimination and the society. Students also analyze sociological factors, such as the media that could cause biases and prejudice. The objective of this course is to enhance the sensitivity and intolerance of mistreatment based on racial or ethnic background and to consider how to handle these issues as occupational professionals and individuals in this pluralistic society.

PFP1060 Principles of Ethical Reasoning

Ethical issues relating to a wide variety of concerns are examined. Students study ethical theories and clarify their values as a means of establishing a framework for ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision-making models to deal with dilemmas in their professional and personal lives. Through case studies, group discussions and other experiential learning opportunities, students practise using tools and examine a variety of professional ethical codes.

PFP3050 Youth in Conflict with the Law

Youth in conflict with the law are often given special consideration when compared to adults. From historical, philosophical and contemporary perspectives, students explore the detention, interviewing and processing through the court structure of young persons, focusing on the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legislation. Students also consider sentencing alternatives that attempt to rehabilitate a young person while facilitating public safety. Contemporary and historical case studies, role-playing and scenarios, and class discussion underline the issues and challenges involved in youth crime.

PFP4010 Provincial Offences

Students examine scenarios and determine the appropriate enforcement action for the most common provincial statutes. Topics studied include arrest, search and seizure authorities, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies. Statutes examined include the Provincial Offences Act, Mental Health Act, Landlord Tenant Act, Trespass to Property Act, Liquor License Act, Child and Family Services Act, Family Law Act, Blind Persons Act and Game and Fish Act.

PFP4040 Investigation and Evidence

Students examine the requirements of a continuing investigation. They learn the rules of evidence and develop the ability to apply these rules in the collection and presentation of evidence in a court of law. Forensic requirements, statute law and other related issues are emphasized.

PFP4050 Conflict Management

Students develop the ability to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation is examined from its inception through intervention by police. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are discussed along with intervention strategies directed toward specific incidents. Students recognize behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters. These responses emphasize officer safety through awareness and preparation.

PFP4061 Community Policing

Students study and apply models of community policing and problem-oriented policing. Crime prevention strategies and elements of community involvement are also examined.

PFP4091 Fitness and Self-Defence

Students focus on personal fitness and basic self-defence. Elemental restraint and protection techniques are demonstrated and practised in drills that increase cardiovascular endurance, power, speed, agility and balance. The Ontario Use of Force model is examined along with laws dealing with arrest, use of force and liability for the excessive use of force.