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Law Enforcement Foundations

Program Duration: 49 weeks

Working in public safety is one of the most satisfying and rewarding occupations in Canada, and law enforcement officers are among the best-trained members of any profession in modern society.

If you are looking to get law enforcement training with an emphasis on practical, hands-on learning, the Law Enforcement Foundations diploma program is an excellent fit for you.

Law Enforcement Professionals

Law enforcement professionals are highly trained in human behaviour, advanced conflict resolution, investigation techniques, and de-escalating tense situations.

In the Law Enforcement Foundations program, you’ll get focused, relevant training in criminology, law and the legal system, the criminal code and federal statutes, regulatory enforcement, police authority, correctional services, security work, and private investigation.

You’ll also learn about the importance of ethics and professional communication, while receiving a background in the fundamentals of human behaviour and psychology.

Hands-on Law Enforcement Training

A major part of the Law Enforcement Foundations program is prior to graduation, when you’ll meet with our career services department.

CDI College’s Employment Specialists will assist you in creating a strong personal portfolio, so you can market yourself effectively to employers.

This includes resume and cover letter workshops, career advice and counselling, in addition to helping you search for work for up to six months after you graduate.

Admission Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent*


  • Mature student status**



*From an English-language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes and Pass the college's English admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.



Program Courses

SSS4 - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.
ITC4 - Introduction to Computers
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft office 2013 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications
SCL4 - 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.
PSC4 - Psychology
This course provides an introduction to psychology including learning, motivation, behaviour, development, factors affecting interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics.
CO14 - Communications I
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.
CO24 - Communications II
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.
ETC4 - 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.
WMG4 - Wellness Management
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.
CPB4 - Contemporary Social Problems
This subject will help students understand what is happening in Canada today; what the trends indicate; why these things are happening; how social policy is affecting areas such as poverty, child abuse, violence against women; and more.
CRM4 - 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 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.
IDF4 - 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.
HBV4 - Human Behaviour
This course covers the foundations of human behaviour and the impact of deviant behaviour in the law and regulatory enforcement fields.
CGN4 - 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.
LGS4 - 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.
CCJ4 - Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
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.
CFS4 - Criminal Code 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.
PSKE - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with inter-personal 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.
LEF4 - 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.
REP4 - 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, water, liquor and tobacco, gaming, taxation, and municipalities. Provincial crown corporations include railway, insurance, and public utilities.
REF4 - 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 sanctioning/deterrence.
IVT4 - 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.
PSS4 - Policing 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.
CSV4 - 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.
BST101 - Basic Standards Training
Security professionals working in the province of British Columbia are required to complete mandatory training to being eligible for provincial licensing. You must be 19 years of age before you can apply for your Basic Security Training Licence.
LEF199 - Practicum
This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the host organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.
CES4 - Career & Employment Strategies

This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview: how people find jobs; employer expectations; presenting an enthusiastic attitude; focusing on the right job; transferable skills; the job interview; effective resume preparation; cover and thank you letters; effective telemarketing; tapping the hidden job market; handling objections; job search management; self-confidence and self-esteem building; mock interviews (video-taped); and individual counselling and coaching.

Train for a Career in Law Enforcement!

Register today for the Law Enforcement Foundations program at CDI College and get the hands-on training to work in law enforcement. 

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