Police Foundations

Start your career in policing, security, or criminal services with our Police Foundations diploma program. Gain practical, theoretical, and substantive knowledge, empowering you to work in areas of security and safety in both the public and private sectors.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 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 4 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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    54 Weeks


    4 Weeks

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    The Police Foundation diploma program provides thorough training for a career in policing and security. Examine the Canadian Criminal Justice System and learn about the charter of rights and freedoms and the criminal code .The program also covers crisis intervention, community policing, conflict management, firearms safety training, evidence and forensics.

    Career Opportunities

    The Police Foundations program will qualify grads to pursue positions within various Police Services, By-Law Enforcement, Campus Police, Insurance Investigation and Court Services.

    Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

    • Woodstock Sheriffs Dept. 
    • NB Power
    • Securitas 
    • Corrections Canada 
    • CBSA


    78 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 16

    Average Wage/hr**

    $ 26

    High Wage/hr**

    *Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


    NOC Code: 6541, 4311- **Wage data based on NOC Code 6541 and rounded down to the nearest dollar based on New Brunswick data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

    Program Details

    Do you want to pursue a career in policing and security? Did you know that the policing community will require a very large recruitment effort over the next few years due to retirement trends and an increase in the number of positions to be filled? If you want to become part of the policing and security field, then Eastern College’s Police Foundations program will help you start your new career in this field.

    Students will take a diverse set of courses to prepare for the policing related work. 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. Combine practical, theoretical and substantive knowledge in a way that is relevant to police-related work settings.

    Students enrolled in the program receive: 

    • Firearms safety training; 
    • CPR/First Aid training; 
    • Instructors with police experience.
    Course Listings: New Brunswick
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Canadian Charter and Criminal Code
    This course introduces students to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Students are also introduced to the Canadian Criminal Code. Both the Charter and the Criminal Code are reinforced throughout their program of study.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Crisis Intervention and Conflict Management
    In this course students are introduced 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. The students will learn the various aspects of crime scene and evidence analysis, as well as the implications of evidence retrieval and processing.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communications and Interpersonal Skills
    Excellent written and oral communication skills are vital for a career in Law Enforcement. In this course students will develop oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis on law enforcement standards and verbiage. Report, letter and memo production will be developed and practiced. Also interpersonal skills, such as conflict resolution will be discussed and examined in an effort to teach the students the skills necessary to quell conflicts that they will respond to as a law enforcement person.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Criminal Justice in Canada
    In this course, students examine the Canadian Criminal Justice System and its issues and become familiar with the Canadian Charter of Rights and the Criminal Code. Topics covered include the structure and operation of the criminal justice system including models of criminal justice, examples of crimes, Uniform Crime Reports, law enforcement services, court procedures, and correctional services.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Community Diversity
    This course discusses First Nations Peoples in North America with the purpose of understanding the culture before its introduction to European culture. It also discussions marginalization and discrimination of First Nation people. Students will also explore the issues surrounding race and ethnicity in Canada today and the accompanying topics of the LBGT community and its contact with the law enforcement community.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Community Policing
    This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the issues and challenges faced by Canadian Police Services and Communities. Students will be introduced to new strategies and programs designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of police services as they attempt to develop partnerships to respond to and prevent crime and social disorder.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. St. John Ambulance Enhanced First Aid with Level C CPR
    This module introduces participants to intermediate first aid techniques and to Level C cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This training is ideal for medical workers and anyone requiring a strong foundation for future First Aid training.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. CPRF and First Aid/WHMIS
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the St. John's Ambulance Standard Level First Aid and Level C CPR.
    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 for Police Foundations
    This course introduces students to the study of Criminology. Topics covered include crime, crime analysis, correlation of criminal behavior and the psychological and social impact of crime and violence. Also behaviour and its relationship to genetics, environment and mental and physical disorders and crime are also discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    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 develop a personalized diet and exercise program. Focus will also be on stress and in particular those stresses that are commonly encountered in law enforcement.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Police Foundations
    On successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed on field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly developed knowledge and skills in a real-world environment. Host sites will be drawn from security industry.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Federal Statutes
    This course will provide all students with an introduction to the various Federal Statutes enforced by most police officers in Canada, including Acts as the CDSA, Firearms Act, Anti-terrorism Act and various weapons offences in the Criminal Code. The students will also gain an understanding of the concepts of Federal Legislative Jurisdiction and the involvement of various police agencies in enforcement of various Federal Statutes.
    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 provides students with an introduction to the Canadian Constitution, Canadian Politics, the government, how laws are created and implemented, and the concepts of public administration including issues such as government regulation, deregulation and privatization. As well, students will be provided with a general introduction to policing in Canada. This will include an overview of how Police Services operate; discipline, first impressions, professionalism and the types of daily activities police officers will be faced with. Students will learn of the hierarchy of rank within various police services and the rank structure.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. National Security
    This course is designed to give the students an understanding of present day issues involving National Security in the areas of terrorism, information security. Students will also learn about the roles of different policing 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 exposes students to common issues and routines related to law enforcement. With a focus on officer safety, students will develop strategies to prevent and avoid dangerous situations. Students will be asked to demonstrate the use of the duty belt and its equipment. Discussions will involve the use of force and the aspect of disengagement as a viable option.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Private Security Patrol Procedures
    Students will be instructed on the fundamental aspects of patrol procedures that security professionals may encounter during their employment. Students will examine common areas that are patrolled and the procedures that take place to secure these premises. Additionally, students will discuss crime and prevention.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Police Powers and Authority
    Using a problem solving approach, this course provides students with basic information about arrests, search and seizure, release and charging an offender.
    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 framework 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
    Students will become familiar with the interpretation and application of Provincial Statutes, common offences and the involvement of non-police agencies in association with police agencies. Students will be given opportunities to fill out Provincial Offence Notices, Summons and all related materials.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Psychology and Mental Health
    This course will introduce students to the psychological research methods and perspectives. Students will be exposed to topics such as The Scientific Method, sensations and perceptions, states of consciousness, learning, memory, and intelligence. This material will be examined as it relates to law enforcement in Canada.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Spreadsheets
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sociology for Police Foundations
    This course will provide Police Foundation students with an introduction to social concepts. Students will be presented with the various perspectives of sociology, including gender inequality, wealth disparity, sex trade, and globalization. The course will associate sociology principals to law enforcement.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
    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, 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.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Youth and the Criminal Justice System
    This course is designed to address current issues regarding youth and their involvement in the judicial system. This course will discuss urban and rural issues and examine the present policies and guidelines around the issues of cyber-bullying, gangs and internet safety. Students will also learn about risks and prevention techniques associated with internet usage.
    Admission Requirements
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    • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
    • Clear code of conduct.

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