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Policing and Corrections Foundation
The Oulton College Policing and Corrections Foundation Diploma Program prepares you for careers in the fast-paced and demanding fields of Law Enforcement and Corrections and Security. Graduates are eligible to apply for careers in Provincial and Federal Corrections and Police Departments, Military Police, Sheriff’s Department and Security Firms.
During the program students will not only learn and practice the required skills to be successful in their chosen career and will have daily sessions to ensure you are physically and mentally prepared.
Our Policing and Corrections Foundation Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:
- Police Procedures: investigating procedures, vehicle stop, use of force, fingerprinting, warrants, forensics, etc.
- Corrections Procedures: search and restraint, inmate movement, prison sub-cultures, etc.
- Emergency Response.
- Simulated Weapons Training.
- Self-Defense and Arrest and Control Tactics.
- Courses in Values, Ethics, The Charter, The Law, Sociology, Psychology
- Volunteer activities in the community to practice your skills.
- Physical Fitness and Preparedness including PARE testing (RCMP, Sheriff Department, Provincial Corrections requirement), regular drill, and daily fitness exercises.
While there are plenty of hands-on opportunities during the 9 months of this program, there is no substitution for real-life experience. Students take part in a 12-week Practicum placement to gain this experience.
If you like working with and assisting people, are determined and actively fit, then our Policing and Corrections Foundation Program may be just the program for you.
Duration: September 2013 - August 2014
Practicum: 12 weeks
Our Policing and Corrections Foundation Program produces graduates who are ready to make a positive contribution to their community.
- Provincial and Federal Corrections Officers
- Military Police Officers
- Private Investigators
- Security Firms
- Sheriff’s department
- Police Officers
You Will Learn
- Emergency Responses
- Search Warrants
- Powers of Arrest
- Correctional Operations
Students will practice and develop verbal skills to effectively control difficult people and situations while learning to respond rather than react to a situation. The course teaches students accurate note taking skills while reinforcing the importance of notes for court purposes. Students will discuss such topics as communications, process and effective communication as it relates to verbal and non-verbal communication. Students will also explore the impact of stereotyping, prejudice and culture on communication.
This is a physical aspect of the program that is held for the first four weeks of the program. Students are involved in a series of physical activities that are designed to build individual levels of fitness and endurance. As well the cadet will learn the core values necessary to succeed in law enforcement: uniform and department, regulation and obligations, and inspection and drill.
PHYSICAL ABILITIES REQUIREMENT EVALUATION (P.A.R.E.)
Students are required to pass the P.A.R.E. test of fitness in order to receive their diploma.
FITNESS AND LIFESTYLE
This course is a combination of classroom and practical work. Students will learn to manage their personal lifestyle through explaining aspects of health and wellness. They will be introduced to Canada’s Food Guide and making good food choices, goal setting and time management, self-esteem, attitude and intentions and their role in participation in physical activity. As well, students will participate in an active physical program as they acquire the physical competencies needed to meet the requirements of the profession.
DEFENSE TACTICS AND OFFICE SAFETY
The students will learn defensive tactics, control techniques, tackle downs and come along holds used by Police and Corrections officers. Pressure point systems and different methods of restraints will be introduced. Topics covered include: officer safety, handcuffing techniques, searching techniques, martial arts training techniques, incident management intervention models, compliance tools and collapsible baton training.
Students will be introduced to police/security duties and responsibilities and will participate in scenarios where they apply learned techniques.Students will learn crime scene protection skills, evidence gathering and note taking.
Students will be introduced to the philosophy of Community Policing and the value of creating partnerships in the community as important aspects in the policing sector. Students will be exposed to the culture and make-up of the local community area while becoming an integral member of the police community relationship/partnership process. Oulton cadets volunteer at chosen community events for a total of 20 hours during the year.
During this course students will be introduced to investigative procedures. They will learn the methodology and techniques of observation as they are introduced to crime scene investigation, first officer on the scene, crime scene management, fingerprinting, interview, interrogation, investigations, and law scenarios.
The student is introduced to the Criminal Justice System in Canada. The course examines major theories related to the study of crime and various consequences received by offenders. Topics covered include but are not limited to the Criminal Code, Federal Statues, Provincial Statutes, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, Youth Criminal Justice Act, Canadian Evidence Act, Use of Force Law, Powers of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Warrants, Driving Offenses, Sexual Offenses, Corrections and Conditional Release Act.
Students shall practice ethical decision making during this course. They will gain knowledge and insight to several “code of conducts” and the expectations of their actions in the field. They will explore the importance of ethics and distinguish ethics from law and religion. Students will define various types of responses to ethical situations. Emphasis will be placed on requirements concerning confidentiality in police, corrections and security work. Students will explore aspects of professionalism and its value in the profession.
Students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills to maintain security in an institutional setting. The student will acquire knowledge in: key control, inmate movement, internal and external escort, searching, and seizure on contraband, counts, radio procedure, report writing, perimeter security, and situational management model. The student will also learn: problem solving, the CAPRA model of decision making, crisis intervention, effective listening skills, observation techniques, management of emergency situations, hostage taking and forcible confinement, defusing crisis situation, suicide awareness workshop, self-injurious behaviour and report writing.
This course will provide the student an overview of Corrections in Canada by examining various Correctional systems, both federal and provincial. Students will explore corrections and criminal justice systems and community correction. They will cover types of institutions, roles and responsibilities clarification and risk assessment of offenders.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
Students gain competence in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software. They lear to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. The student also learns to use E-mail to communicate productively.
PSYCHOLOGY OF POLICING AND CORRECTIONS
This course will provide the student insight into the study of crime and criminal behaviour while focusing on the various crimes. The course highlights factors that contribute to law enforcement as well as psychological factors that officers face on a daily basis. Students will identify and discuss a variety of psychological disorders and factors that may cause violence and aggression. They will learn effective interviewing techniques and recognize crime partners.
This course explores the ever changing laws that govern Canada while focusing on bas knowledge and skills for entry in policing, corrections and general security. The emphasis in this program is in the law, its application and techniques. Students will recognize potential problem areas and the means to control situations. It also prepares students to face the criminal aspect of the social deviances in our community and inside institutions.
Students will participate in a mandatory Practicum in order to gain first-hand experience and to practice skills and techniques learned.
- Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
- 18 years of age prior to commencement of Practicum
- Valid driver’s license
- Photocopy of birth certificate or proof of Canadian citizenship
- Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
- Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
- Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package