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Law Enforcement Foundations

Police and law enforcement-related careers are one of the best rated social/community career paths in Canada. CDI College's Law Enforcement Foundations program gives you a head start in this satisfying and rewarding field. 

The Law Enforcement Program will provide you with a firm understanding of the industry and the various roles that exist within it. Throughout the program, you will build your knowledge of the legal and ethical elements of the field and you'll explore the investigative skills you'll need to enter a career in public safety, security, policing, or law enforcement.

Courses in the program will cover industry relevant topics, such as criminology, human behaviour, conflict resolution, investigation techniques, and more.

You will also study professional skills, career and employment strategies, and explore student success strategies. These courses are designed to introduce you to the skills and concepts that will help you achieve personal, academic and career success.

Program Courses

CFSO - Criminal Codes and Federal Statutes
This course provides an in-depth study of Canada’s criminal code and related federal statutes, including interpretation through the perspective of a law enforcement officer.
ETCO - Ethics
A practical approach to ethics will help students maintain professional conduct and integrity that must be paramount in their decision-making. Topics include making ethical decisions, laws of police ethics, and moral decision-making.
IVTO - Investigation Techniques
This course will build on the concepts and ideas taught in earlier foundation courses and will provide the student with the base skills required to be a successful investigator. Course content will include an examination of the following areas:
PIVO - Private Investigators
This course provides students with the skills and requirements needed to work effectively, and be licensed as a Private Investigator through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
CESO - Career and Employment Strategies
This course will assist students in planning, preparation, and job search execution. Students will prepare personal marketing collateral and will practice a variety of interviewing techniques.
SCGO - Security Guards
This course provides students with the tools and skills necessary to work effectively in the Private Security Industry, and be licensed as a Security Guard through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
CSVO - Correctional Services
This course covers topics related to post-law enforcement or regulatory enforcement including federal and provincial correctional services, probation, parole, halfway houses, rehabilitation processes, and restorative justice.
PSSO - Police Authority/Search/Seizure/Arrest
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out common law enforcement operations, including powers of arrest, rules of evidence, seizure, process of interviewing (both those under investigation and witnesses) and documentation. This topic also covers provincial and federal legislation that govern law enforcement practices in these areas.
REFO - Regulatory Enforcement - Federal
In this course, the student will be exposed to the purpose of federal regulations, enforcement, and compliance strategies as well as methods for obtaining compliance. Students will outline how Regulations are a form of law and how acts that authorize the making of regulations are called Enabling Acts. The student will compare and contrast the enforcement of regulations in its two forms, Compliance and Deterrence.
REPO - Regulatory Enforcement - Provincial
This course explores the history, purpose, and range of provincial regulatory bodies including crown corporations that maintain an enforcement or investigation function. The course also reviews the jurisdiction and provincial acts that support the functions of regulatory provincial enforcement agencies. Enforcement agencies include fish and wildlife, transportation, motor vehicles, forestry, social services, air land and water, liquor and tobacco, gaming, taxation and municipalities. Provincial crown corporations include railway, insurance, and public utilities.
LEFO - Introduction to Law Enforcement
Beginning with an introduction to the history of policing in Canada, studies will also include police jurisdictions in Canada, police administration, how police agencies use their resources, and more.
PSKO - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
CCJO - Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
Students will gain insight and understanding of both the criminal and the crime C including motivation, theories of crime and criminality, psychological/social impact of crime and violence, crime analysis, and Canada’s criminal justice system.
LGSO - Law and the Legal System
This course covers the foundations of Canada=s legal system, including the history of law, freedoms of Canadians, tort law, federal and provincial statutes, and provides an overview of family, contract, immigration, environmental, and native laws, and more.
CGNO - Canadian Government and Politics
Students will gain knowledge of both the organization and management of the public sector, as well as the structure, function, and powers of the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
IDFO - Issues in Diversity and First Nations People
By studying the ethnic composition and the history of race relations in Canada, concepts of culture and sensitivity training, students will understand critical situations, which may arise from racially-motivated conflict. In order to better understand and deal with native issues, students will study a history of First Nations’ people, laws, demographics, culture, and current issues.
CRMO - Conflict Resolution and Mediation
This subject will introduce the foundational concepts of conflict resolution and mediation. The course also introduces the foundations of incident debriefing. The demands of the law and regulatory enforcement constantly place professional in contact with hostile and interpersonal contact during stressful situations. These foundational skills will provide students with tools to improve their ability to do their job by being able to improve interpersonal communication at critical times. Incident debriefing identifies the purpose and process for this tool.
CPBO - Contemporary Social Problems
This subject will help students understand what is happening in Canada today, what the trends indicate, and why these things are happening and how social policy is affecting areas such as poverty, child abuse, violence against women, and more.
WMGO - Wellness Management
This course is designed to increase awareness of the lifestyle demands of the law and regulatory enforcement profession. The course also covers the extensive preparation requirements and screening processes used by agencies hiring in law and regulatory enforcement profession. The course covers topics in the physical requirements for the profession, demands of a 24-hour workplace, managing stress, identification of psychological impacts, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This course includes fitness planning and training, lifestyle planning, and nutrition.
CO1O - Communications 1
This introduction to communications course is designed to develop students English and communication skills, so they can communicate accurately, persuasively, and credibly with individuals, groups, and multi-disciplinary teams.
CO2O - Communications 2
This advanced communication course is designed to enhance the foundation skills developed during Communications 1. These skills will focus on the interpretation of written communication, factual documentation of events for reports, that form part of permanent public records, advanced editing skills and advanced verbal reports for law enforcement.
PSCO - Psychology
This course provides an introduction to psychology including learning, motivation, behaviour, development, factors affecting interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics.
SCLO - Sociology
Knowledge of the workings and interaction of people in society will aid the student in understanding how people are influenced by their social environment. Time is also spent highlighting relevant social problems.
FCMO - Fundamentals of Computers
This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools, and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.