Police Foundations - Advanced Standing

With a degree in any discipline or diploma in a related field you can start in September and graduate with your Police Foundations diploma and valuable direct experience in just two semesters.

Why Choose Fleming College for Police Foundations – Advanced Standing

Through the Police Foundations- Advanced Standing program, you will develop the hands-on skills and training necessary to deal with the wide range of situations police officers encounter every day.

Test Drive Your Career

While policing is a rewarding career, it is also extremely demanding. While completing the extensive experiential learning in our program, you will be exposed to many aspects of policing that will allow you to make an informed decision on the best career choice for you.

Field Placement

The placement experience really does set Fleming apart from other police programs at the college level. With our close associations and partnerships with a number of police services, you will have an opportunity to take advantage of a wide variety of placements and practicum experiences. NOTE: Placement experience will be subject to a clearance check by the police service. Field placement may extend beyond the 15-week block in your second semester, (semester four of the two-year program), depending on the experience you choose and the preference of the police service placement.

Students who meet specified standards are eligible to participate in one of our two field placement programs, which generally consist of 100 hours working directly with officers at a police service. Students assist officers with community policing initiatives and participate in ride-a-longs with uniformed officers on general patrol.

Your field placement experience can potentially take place locally, in Ontario or across Canada.

New Facilities

Learn in our new Skills for Justice Simulation Learning Centre. This scenario–based training facility features multiple room settings for recreating crime scenes and /or facilitating scenarios to improve student understanding of police powers, interview and interrogation techniques, traffic management and dispute resolution systems.

Innovative Curriculum - Mental Health Strategies in Policing

Fleming College is leading the way in providing specialized training to respond to increasing numbers of mental health calls-for-service. Recent inquests have highlighted that these calls for service can be volatile and often the individual officer’s level of training factors into successfully resolving these situations. Additionally, the curriculum examines a variety of mental health issues faced by college students, front line community services workers and police officers. Students will learn how to identify stressors, symptoms related to stress and how to manage stress effectively.

New curriculum addresses the increasing role and expanding job market for civilian policing in Ontario. Tailor your electives to correspond to your career goals – police officer (fitness electives) or civilian staff member (civilian policing electives). For those who choose the fitness electives, your training to prepare for the PREP and PARE tests takes place in our state-of-the-art gym and sports complex.

Communication Skills

Our program emphasizes the most important skill a police officer can possess; the ability to communicate. The capacity to show assertiveness, diffuse conflict, display empathy and establish rapport and trust are hallmarks of any good police officer. This skill set is not only important in policing, but transferable to nearly any career that involves community interaction. To facilitate learning, course curriculum emphasizes scenario and problem- based instruction.


Faculty has extensive policing experience with several different police agencies within the Province of Ontario. They are knowledgeable in a range of policing issues including recruiting, investigations, federal and provincial law, officer safety, fitness and communications. “Core” police courses such as Criminal Code, Interview and Investigation and Police Powers are taught by former or current police officers.


The Police Foundations Program at Fleming College has been in existence for over thirty years and has cultivated an excellent reputation with police services across the province. Our students are recognized for their professionalism, commitment to community and integrity. Hundreds of graduates have gone onto very successful careers in policing including Chief Murray Rodd from the Peterborough / Lakefield Community Police Service.

Graduate Testimonial

"I was a recent York University graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology but I always had a passion for law enforcement. I looked into attending college or taking online courses to make myself a better applicant when I found Fleming's Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program. I received credit for my university studies and graduated with my Police Foundations diploma in two semesters."

Sagar Patel, Police Foundations - Advanced Standing graduate

Career Considerations

A balanced approach to personal well-being and health is essential, as both the career and the program are challenging both mentally and physically.

instructional videos on fitness tests in the Police Foundations program

If a career as a police officer is your goal, we strongly urge you to check the qualifications required to ensure that you are eligible, before committing yourself to the Police Foundations program. These requirements are available at the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website under the Constable Selection System. Pay particular attention to the physical requirements, including vision and hearing. You may also want to read answers to questions regarding criminal records that affect qualifications to apply.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program hold the following positions:

  • Police cadet
  • Police office
  • Civilian police staff member

Which may lead to:

  • Canine unit officer
  • Traffic collision investigator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Forensic investigator
  • Tactical team member
  • Training officer
  • Youth bureau officer
  • Drug enforcement team
  • Military police

Expect to start off earning a salary of $45,000 - $58,000. After three years of service average salaries are approximately $83,000.

Graduates can also find employment opportunities in such job sectors as Canada Border Services, correctional services, the Canadian Forces, private civil and criminal investigation, private security, court enforcement and security, municipal by-law enforcement and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources or Ontario Parks.

Additional Costs

You should expect to spend around $740 for books and supplies.

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