Police Foundations

Get on the path to your policing and security career and become a crucial part of your community through our program's extensive policing and security training.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 8 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 8 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    48 Weeks



    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    The Police Foundations program offers extensive and thorough police and security training, including imperative firearms safety training, crisis intervention and conflict management, forensics and evidence, community policing, and ethics. 

    Career Opportunities

    As a Police Foundations graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: Ontario Police Services (municipal and provincial), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Out-of-Province Police Services, By-Law Enforcement, Campus Police, Security (special events, industrial & commercial, residential, retail, casino, etc.), Correctional Service, Conservation Officers and Park Wardens, Civil Enforcement (Bailiffs, Process Servers, etc.), the Canada Border Services, and Court Services.


    Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

    • Corporate Investigation Services
    • RCMP Ontario
    • St. Joseph’s Healthcare
    • CN Railroad Headquarters
    • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation
    • Toronto Police Services
    • Toronto Blue Jays
    • Hamilton Police Services
    • Canada Border Services Agency


    88 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 46

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 57

    High Wage/HR**

    *Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field.


    NOC Code: 4311 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in May, 2021

    Program Details

    Did you know that the policing community will experience the largest recruitment effort over the next few years because of retirement trends and an increase in the number of positions to be filled? If you’re interested in joining the policing and security field then the Police Foundations program at triOS will help you launch your new career.

    You will take a diverse set of courses to prepare you for the policing and security workforce. You will learn how to interview and interrogate, understand courtroom procedures and testimonies, recognize police powers and authority, and implement fitness into your daily lifestyle. This program ensures that you’re familiar with the Canadian Charter and Criminal Code, criminal justice in Canada, CPR and first aid, and policies on national security.

    The program combines practical, theoretical and substantive knowledge in a way that is relevant to police-related work settings. Plus, there are numerous hands-on learning opportunities including Courtroom procedures which includes observing actual court cases, as well as, Officer safety which includes handcuffing, searching a vehicle or room, and how to approach a suspect.  

    Students enrolled in the program receive:

    • Classes led by qualified instructors and retired police officers.
    • Preparation for security guard license.
    • Microsoft Office and Windows are included in tuition fee. 

    This program includes the potential for PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) fitness testing/certification. You are strongly encouraged to obtain PREP certification after graduation. The fee for fitness testing/certification is the responsibility of the student.

    Course Listings
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Communication
    This course will help the student develop the skills necessary to function in writing in the modern business setting. There will be a review of Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Punctuation as they apply to Business communication. Formats for a variety of written and verbal business communications techniques will be taught. Students will complete various exercises with the emphasis on improving their communication skills, and apply them to writing of letters, memorandas, newsletters and reports. Students will also complete a variety of public speaking exercises to enhance verbal and non-verbal skills.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Outlook
    This Microsoft Outlook course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use to effectively manage e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Outlook has become the corporate standard electronic personal organizer. These are the foundational skills needed to communicate using Outlook in a variety of positions within and organization. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of e-mail software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft PowerPoint
    This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals needed to create and modify basic presentations by using Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation, will format text on slides to enhance clarity, enhance the visual appeal, add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them, and finalize a presentation to deliver it.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Canadian Charter and Criminal Code
    This course introduces the student to the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students will understand the rights within the Constitution, with emphasis on Legal Rights. They will learn the meaning of those rights and how they affect law enforcement decisions and procedures. Supreme Court decisions will be discussed and how they changed the way we do law enforcement today.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Crisis Intervention and Conflict Management
    This course introduces students to the theories and concepts surrounding conflict, conflict management and resolution, crisis identification and crisis intervention.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Investigations, Forensics, and Evidence
    This course will provide all students with a broad introduction to the theoretical, technical, and realistic issues surrounding the investigation and processing of a crime scene.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communications and Interpersonal Skills
    This is a two-part course that provides students with the communications skills, both oral and written, that they will need and use in the workforce on a daily basis. In Part 1, students learn effective interpersonal communication skills for managing personal and work relationships, for gaining voluntary compliance, for interacting with and participating in groups, and for managing conflicts. Part 2 focuses on police memo and letter writing, police note taking and reports, and oral presentations and workshops.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Justice in Canada
    This course will provide all students with an Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System and the issues surrounding it. Students will become familiar with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Criminal Code of Canada. Topics covered include the structure and operation of the Criminal Justice System including various models of criminal justice, examples of crimes and classification of offences, law enforcement services, court services, and correctional services and their various procedures and policies as it relates to officers day to day duties.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Management
    Our Career Management program introduces students to the strategies and components of an effective job search, including self-marketing and awareness, skills inventory, job search tools and the job market. The Career Management course is delivered by our on-campus Career Services Team who are there throughout the job search to assist and mentor students towards achieving their ultimate goal of employment in their field of study. Our Team of Career Services Professionals maintain relationships in their communities with key employers and organizations that recognize the value triOS graduates have to offer. The skills learned throughout Career Management at triOS will continue to serve students in their job search as they navigate their new careers.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Community Diversity
    This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the issues and challenges faced by Canadian Police Services in dealing with diversity and multiculturalism. The course addresses a number of issues including stereotyping, prejudice; the basic concepts of diversity, multiculturalism and human rights focusing on the relationship between law enforcement and the diverse communities in Canada. The course also addresses a number of social, legal and ethical issues related to diversity and Indigenous Peoples.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Community Policing
    Community policing has as its central tenet the development of police-community partnerships and specific strategies that emphasize crime prevention and problem solving. In the past, police departments asked the community for support, but now the police increasingly ask the public for assistance. This assistance takes many forms, such as corporations and businesses providing financial support for police initiatives, citizens volunteering to staff community police offices, crime prevention programs, and victim services. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the issues and challenges faced by Canadian police services and communities as they attempt to develop partnerships to respond to and prevent crime and social disorder.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Courtroom Procedures and Testimony
    This course focuses on courtroom procedures and testimony and provides students with the tools for presenting a case in court. Topics covered include the procedures for bringing an accused to court, the trial, disposition, appeal, classification of offenses, court jurisdiction, bail, interim release, consequences of breeches, rights of the accused, and the duty of the Crown, jury and Ministry of Justice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminology
    This course introduces students to the study of Criminology. The design of the course helps to meet students’ needs in pursuing a career in the Canadian justice system by applying the knowledge they have garnered from the course to the different aspects of criminology. Topics covered include crime, crime analysis, correlation of criminal behavior and the psychological and social impact of crime and violence. Included are discussions on behavior and its relationship to genetics, environment and mental and physical disorders and crime.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Excel
    The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the basic commands, functions and capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel. It is designed for computer users who are new to spreadsheets, or who only plan to use Excel occasionally. This course will provide you with the skills to create Workbooks using: "what if" analysis; utilize multiple sheets and learn the basic concepts of Formulas and Functions.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Fitness and Lifestyle Management
    This course provides students with fitness and lifestyle knowledge and skills and encourages students to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. Students will be exposed to creating fitness plans, diet requirements, and goal setting. Students are also introduced to causes and solutions to different types of stress that are particular to law enforcement.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Federal Statutes (w/CDSA)
    This course will introduce the students to the Criminal Code of Canada. They will learn how to navigate the Code online. They will learn to understand various offences within the code and learn how to look up specific offences. They will understand how to determine the classification of the offence, subsections and punishment that accompanies each offence researched. They will be introduced to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and learn the meaning of Schedules within the act.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Interviewing and Interrogation Skills
    This course guides students through the pitfalls and hazards of investigative interviewing, and provides a solid legal and practical foundation for the development of interviewing skills. Often the most valuable and most elusive skills a police officer can develop are those related to the collection of witness information. Frequently, the most important evidence in a criminal case comes in the form of oral testimony; but oral evidence is also the most vulnerable to damage at the pre-trial stage. Memories fade, stories change, and willing witnesses sometimes lose their appetite for disclosure. The collection and preservation of critical evidence at the earliest possible stage depends on thorough and careful police work. Even more sensitive is the evidence of the accused - it must be collected in compliance with constitutional rights to be of any value to the prosecution.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Introduction to Policing & Canadian Government and Politics
    This course will introduce the students to law enforcement competencies and the various law enforcement opportunities for employment. Students will be instructed on how to use a notebook (memorandum book) and practice using the notebook each day of class and throughout the duration of the module and entire curriculum. Students will be provided an overview of our Canadian Government, the geography of our country and political structure. They will be introduced to the importance of self-study in relation to the Police Preparation on line. They will learn the basic knowledge that is required of individuals pursuing a career in law enforcement.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. National Security
    This course is designed to give the students an understanding of present day legislation and issues involving national security in the areas of terrorism and information security. Students will also learn about the roles of different enforcement bodies and their contributions to national security. Additionally, students will learn techniques to defend against privacy and personal security issues as it relates to law enforcement.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Officer Safety and Protecting the Public
    This course will provide lecture, team work, hands on activities and role play activities to ensure that students understand and can demonstrate skills related to the multifaceted aspects of officer safety. The following police competencies will be reinforced: analytical thinking, self confidence, communication, self control and achievement orientation.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Private Security Patrol Procedures
    In this course students will be instructed in the fundamental aspects of patrol procedures that security professionals may encounter during their security career. Students will look at the common areas that are patrolled and the procedures that take place to secure these premises; additionally, they will discuss crime and prevention.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Police Powers and Authority
    The Police Powers and Authority course will provide students with a basic understanding of sources of police powers, officer safety and arrest procedures as well as release procedures, search and seizure and police accountability. Students will learn through lecture, role plays and research the key building blocks of policing knowledge.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professionalism and Ethics
    This course focuses on the Ethical Issues and dilemmas faced by Police Officers, and related Professionals. Students will learn to clarify their values, establish a frame work for ethical decision making and apply techniques to the moral/ethical decision making process. Real life ethical dilemmas that relate to a wide variety of concerns in the Policing profession are explored and examined.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Provincial Statutes/ Offences
    In this course students will become familiar with the interpretation and application of Provincial Statutes, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Psychology
    This course will introduce students to the world of Psychology. Students will be presented topics such as The Scientific Method, Biology, Sensations and Perceptions, States of Consciousness, Learning, Memory, Intelligence and more
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sociology
    This course will provide Police Foundation students with a broad introduction to sociology. Students will be presented with the various theoretical perspectives of sociology. The course will attempt to associate sociology with law enforcement work and everyday life.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Traffic Management and Accident Investigation
    This course introduces students to the Highway Traffic Act and procedures surrounding accident investigations. Students will develop a working knowledge of the Highway Traffic Act and learn to interpret offences, and become familiar with the skills and strategies required for information gathering and investigative techniques used in enforcing the Highway Traffic Act and impaired driving laws.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Word
    This Microsoft Word course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use Microsoft Word effectively in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Word is the world's most popular word processing software. Learning how to create, edit, format and print documents, enhance work with formatting, use bullets and numbering, add simple borders, tables, headers/footers, organizing data columns, and styles, are the foundational skills needed in preform in many positions. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of word processing software. The course combines lecture/demonstration by an instructor with readings, trainings, projects, and a final exam for students to work on in a simulation-based environment. Students are expected to ensure they meet proficiency requirements for working in this environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Youth and the Criminal Justice System
    This module will introduce students to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The students will learn how the judicial process treats young people and how it differentiates from adult offenders. Students will have an opportunity to discuss various scenarios involving young offenders and understand the specific options/measures available to law enforcement when dealing with young people who have committed both federal and provincial offences.
    Admission Requirements
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    Canadian High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (Mature students from Ontario must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date and successfully pass an academic achievement test. Mature students from other Canadian provinces must be at least 19 years of age and a minimum of 1 year out of high school by the program start date and successfully pass an academic achievement test). Please contact us for more detail regarding the admissions requirements for international students. Passing score on the triOS entrance examination; current clear police check; two (2) letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s moral character, integrity, and trustworthiness.

    ***Accreditation Policy: Like all post-secondary institutions in Ontario, triOS College reserves the right to accept or deny advanced standing into its programs.***

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    Success Stories

    I took the Police Foundations course at the Kitchener Campus. Our instructor was a great source of real world knowledge as he was retired from Law Enforcement. I was fortunate to land a job with a fairly large security company right after school which kept me pointed in the right direction until being hired by Canada Border Services Agency in 2015.

    Shawn M.