Police Foundations

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The Police Foundations program at Algonquin College at the Perth Campus is ideal first step for individuals who want to pursue a career in policing. Our program covers many aspects of law enforcement, including police powers, criminology, professional ethics, investigation and interviewing processes, Canadian law, and defense and control tactics. The Perth Campus small class size is an ideal alternative to individuals looking for a more direct and personal learning environment.

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod
(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 0444X01FPT
Academic Year: 2012/2013

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is designed to help students who are interested in policing in Ontario. 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 and communication.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at mlearning.algonquincollege.com.

Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess good communication (written, verbal, technology) 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.

Your Career

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

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