"CDI has really helped me to change my career." Myoungsoon L., CDI College Graduate.

Program Info

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

This program provides you with a broad education of the legal, ethical, and investigative skills you'll need to enter a career in public safety, security, policing or law enforcement. Courses cover topics such as Criminology and Human Behaviour, Conflict Resolution, Investigation Techniques, and more - which may be useful as police prep training or for other law enforcement careers.

Please note: Federal and Provincial Agencies in Canada have their own requirements for law enforcement or regulatory enforcement officers. Students wishing to pursue these careers should ensure that they are able to meet the physical and educational requirements for their desired position before enrolling in this program.

This program is 50 weeks in length.
Job Opportunities
  • Provincial regulatory bodies (Forestry, Social Services, Highways, etc.)
  • Federal regulatory bodies (Canada Food Inspection Agency, Transport Canada, etc.)
  • By-law enforcement
  • Private investigation or security firms
  • Campus enforcement agencies
  • Public and private insurance investigators
"CDI has really helped me to change my career." Myoungsoon L., CDI College Graduate.

Law Enforcement Foundations - BC

Program Courses

The program outline below is for British Columbia.

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSSE Student Success Strategies 25

    • This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
  • INTE Fundamentals of Computer 50

    • 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.
  • SCLE Sociology 50

    • 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.
  • PSCE Psychology 50

    • 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.
  • CO1E Communications I 50

    • This introduction to communications is designed to develop students’ English and communication skills so they can communicate accurately, persuasively, and  credibly with individuals, groups, and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • CO2E Communications II 50

    • This advanced communication course is designed to enhance the foundational skills developed in introduction to communications. These skills will focus on interpretation of written communication, factual documentation of events for reports that form part of permanent public records, advanced editing skills and advanced verbal reports.
  • ETCE Ethics 25

    • 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.
  • WMGE Wellness Management 25

    • This course is designed to increase awareness of the lifestyle demands of the law and regulatory enforcement professions. 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.
  • CPBE Contemporary Social Problems 50

    • This subject will help students understand what is happening in Canada today, what the trends indicate, and why these things are happening, how social policy is affecting areas such as poverty, child abuse, violence against women, and more.
  • CRME Conflict Resolution and Mediation 25

    • 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 professionals 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.
  • IDFE Issues in Diversity and First Nations People 25

    • 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.
  • HBVE Human Behaviour 50

    • This course covers the foundations of human behaviour and the impact of deviant behaviour in the law and regulatory enforcement fields.
  • CGNE Canadian Government and Politics 50

    • 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.
  • LLSY Law and the Legal System 50

    • 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.
  • CCJE Criminology and the Criminal Justice System 50

    • Students will gain insight and understanding of both the criminal and the crime including motivation, theories of crime and criminality, psychological/social impact of crime and violence, crime analysis, and Canada's criminal justice system.
  • CFSE Criminal Code and Federal States 50

    • 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.
  • PSKE Professional Skills 25

    • 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.
  • LEFE Introduction to Law Enforcement 50

    • 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.
  • REPE Regualtory Enforcement - Provincial 50

    • 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.
  • REFE Regulatory Enforcement - Federal 50

    • 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 sanctioning/deterrence.
  • IVTE Investigation Techniques 50

    • 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.
  • PSSE Policing Authority / Search / Seizure / Arrest 50

    • 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.
  • BT1E Basic Standards Training 1 50

    • This course is an introduction to the operations of a security guard, focusing on rights and regulations, duties, responsibilities, and the procedures performed on the job.
  • BT2E Basic Standards Training 2 25

    • This course focuses on communications and the use of force by a security guard.
  • CESE Career & Employment Strategies 25

    • Students will have the opportunity to review and discuss the final practicum placement. Simulated practice may be given in panel interviews as well as practice scenarios for the job interview. Students will update their resumes and cover letters. Students will have use of a Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers.
  • PR1 Practicum 150

    • This program includes a practicum component which consists of 120 hours of work at a job site. The practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.