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Serve and Protect by Enrolling in a Police Foundations Diploma Program

9 JAN 2013
Career Path : Law

If you’ve ever wanted to tell people that your job is to “serve and protect”, and you want a career that can really make a difference in people’s lives, consider enrolling in a Police Foundations Diploma Program.

Police Foundations Diploma Programs can prepare you for a number of interesting employment positions besides being a police officer. For example, graduates can follow one of the following career paths:

  • Customs and Immigrations Officer
  • Security Consultant
  • Private Investigator
  • Court Officer
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Police Officer

Typically, a school offering a Police Foundations Diploma Program operates as a joint initiative with local law enforcement authorities, to ensure that students are learning real practical skills that can be put to use immediately upon graduation. Furthermore, the most reputable schools will have a police force veteran as an instructor, so that students can interact and ask questions of someone who has really “walked the talk.”

One advantage that career colleges have over their community college counterparts is a curriculum that lasts 9 months and not two years. This means that Police Foundations Diploma Program students can go from the classroom to the job market relatively quickly. As an added benefit, a 2-week internship is part of the 9-month program. During this internship, students have the opportunity to further their knowledge of the field, and learn more about their chosen discipline by participating in a volunteer community activity. Many students find that the internship is one of the most valuable elements of the diploma due to its deeply practical nature.

In order to graduate, Police Foundations Diploma Program students have to take approximately 30 courses from a diverse range of topics. The objective is to give students all the tools and knowledge they need to be effective members of a law enforcement organization. Instruction is 50% theoretical, and 50% practical, with an emphasis on demonstrations and practice. Some schools also offer firearm and self-defense training.

Course loads typically include:

  • Introduction to police foundations
  • Criminology
  • The Canadian charter of rights and freedoms
  • Law and the criminal code
  • Prejudice hearsay and privilege
  • Communications skills
  • Psychology
  • Ethics and sociology
  • Principles of ethical reasoning
  • Police procedures
  • How to conduct an investigation
  • How to prepare for the standardized police exam

If you want to make a difference in your community, consider enrolling in a Police Foundations Diploma Program. It could be the best way to combine an interest in law enforcement with an exciting career with many possible job options.

Contact the National Academy of Health & Business for more information on their Police Foundations Diploma Program.