What You Learn In Eastern’s Police Foundations Program

October 20th, 2015 / By Eastern College

Eastern College offers the Police Foundations program in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton. It’s a popular one at Eastern for a variety of reasons: some people want to be involved with the community directly, and others are simply fascinated by the sociology and psychology of crime. Others take pride in protecting the people around them.

female police officer standing in front of police car

Eastern instructors introduce you to the Canadian Charter and the Criminal Code early in the program, allowing you to learn about the laws and theories that reinforce the judicial system.

What are the perks?

You’ll graduate from the program with ready-made skills to enter the force as well as direct work experience. You’ll be pleased to know that the instructors have actual experience in law enforcement—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. You’ll also be prepared to obtain a security license by the time that you’re finished! Public service is far from your only option with police training. There are other options in the field that pay more money than you’d expect!

Higher payment comes with more real-world experience. That’s why we have a field placement built right into the program. You’ll spend four weeks working with police officers or security firms to understand exactly how to put into practice the procedures and theory that you’ll have learned in class.

You’ll pick up the essentials skills along the way. Firearms safety, CPR, and First-Aid are just some of the immediately useful hands-on skills that you’ll learn.

What do you learn?

Our students learn a lot in the span of 54 weeks, and that’s what makes the program so respected. You’ll learn all about the practical side of things in policing and security throughout your 54 weeks. This includes things like private security and patrol procedures, fitness and lifestyle management, traffic management, and accident investigation. These things can catch people off guard when they don’t have the proper training. For example, many people don’t immediately realize that they need to pass a physical examination every year while in the police force.

You’ll also learn about the laws and theory that reinforce the judicial system. The instructor introduces you to the Canadian Charter and the Criminal Code pretty early in the program. You need to understand what counts as a criminal offence, of course! You’ll also learn the difference between provincial and federal statutes, and where each one applies. That’s the kind of knowledge that separates Eastern grads from the scores of people prematurely applying for positions as police officers and security personnel.

Several units are dedicated to learning the social and psychological sides of criminal trends and profiles. These are particularly popular with the students—most people think they know the score after watching CSI or Law and Order, but this is the real deal.

You get to learn about how the criminal mind works, how certain kinds of criminals will act in a given situation, and how to stay several mental steps ahead of the offenders. You’ll also understand the societal factors that facilitate criminal activity. Knowing where and when to look for them teaches you to separate genuine offenders from those acting on a genuine need for food, security, or another factor on the hierarchy of needs.

Contact Eastern College today if you want to become a pillar in your community and learn more about the Police Foundations program. We have the proper instructors and training necessary to get you there.