Protection, Security and Investigation
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
Notice:Beginning in Fall 2017, the Community and Justice Services program, which formerly shared a common first year with Protection/Security and Investigation, will no longer be offered. Applications to Year 2 of the Community and Justice Services program are still being accepted for Fall 2016.
About the ProgramConestoga's Protection, Security and Investigation (PSI) and Police Foundations (PF) programs offer a two-year integrated learning experience to help you develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of a preferred candidate in your chosen field. The first year of the Protection, Security and Investigation program is shared with the Police Foundations program. This common first year focuses on justice foundations and has been designed to provide an overall base for a variety of careers in criminal justice and community safety. In this first year, you will be exposed to courses that give you an understanding of how society and its institutions work. In second year, you will be given the opportunity to concentrate your studies in one of the two programs, which focus on policing or security/investigations: Police Foundations or Protection, Security and Investigation. This second year provides both academic study and job-focused practical training to prepare students for careers in the private and public sectors.
Graduates of the Protection, Security and Investigation program may also qualify for a Provincial Security Guard License and Private Investigator License, which can be valuable points of entry into the world of work.
Note: All first-year applicants must apply to program #0002, Protection, Security and Investigation.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 240 September; 60 January
- Students must successfully complete all first-year courses prior to commencing the second year of either the Protection, Security, and Investigation or Police Foundations programs. Please note: Where the number of applications to Police Foundations exceeds available space, students may be admitted based on overall academic performance.
- The January intake offers the opportunity for accelerated completion. The program is delivered in four consecutive semesters.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Mandatory practicum health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to off-campus experiences such as the volunteer placement component of the Community and Social Services course. Successful completion of all courses is required for students to progress to program completion. Students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in volunteer opportunities which could jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for volunteer positions is at the discretion of the agency (e.g. correctional institutions); some organizations may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of the date of the visit. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability of the student to be competitive for careers in security/investigations and related fields. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- Applicants should be aware that some employment opportunities require that certain physical, legal driving age, and health standards, including vision standards, must be met.
- Applicants should be aware that a high level of physical fitness is required.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates find employment in the following areas: public and private policing; private and insurance investigations; government; industrial and retail security; Canadian Border Services; Revenue Canada; corrections; process serving. Graduates may also qualify for the designation "Certified Security Officer" (CSO) upon joining the Canadian Society of Industrial Security.
On average, 86% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|FIT1200||Vocational Fitness Standards I for Police Foundations and Protection, Security and Investigation
Description: This course will introduce students to relevant bona fide vocational physical performance standards, assess their physical abilities against the identified test criteria and provide test-specific coaching.
|LAW1010||Law Enforcement Careers
Description: This course is designed to broaden the students' knowledge of the various law enforcement careers available to them. An in-depth look at the duties, responsibilities, salary, hiring requirements, employment standards, and legislation of specific fields is included.
|LAW1020||Introduction to Law
Description: The student will receive an introduction to Canadian law and the legal system by becoming familiar with the language of the law and terminology used throughout the administration of justice. Recognition of how “law” is established through judicial and legislative authority will be gained and the concepts and principles which form the structure of both civil and criminal law will be learned. The foundation of all government authority will be examined through an introduction to the Constitution Act, 1982, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Completion of this course will serve as the framework for the more practical applications of law developed in the progressive semesters.
|LAW1060||Canadian Criminal Justice System
Description: This course provides an overview of the Canadian Criminal Justice System with a particular emphasis on the history, function, role and organization of Canadian law enforcement services. It will examine the major components of the criminal justice system from enforcement through the courts to correctional services.
|LAW1550||Introduction to Ethics and Values
Description: This course focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
|SOC1010||Sociology And Canadian Society
Description: This course deals with the systematic study of groups and societies. The focus is on the analysis of Canadian social institutions and the social processes that impact upon our everyday lives. A major emphasis will be placed on the pluralistic nature of Canadian society. Current data is drawn upon to convey the fundamental principles and concepts of sociology in a framework that is relevant to the Canadian student.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|LAW1140||Powers, Authorities And Liabilities
Description: This course is designed for any investigator in the private sector, private security professionals, and police officers who are seeking a clear, concise and succinct explanation of the legal authorities they possess, the constraints they work under, and the liabilities they may face. The course will examine in detail the Private Security and Investigative Services Act as well as provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Criminal Code. The course will also explore other relevant legislation such as the Trespass to Property Act, the Liquor License Act, the Mental Health Act and others. The course begins with a review of legal issues that apply to private investigators, as well as a review of litigation issues of special significance to private investigators, including private prosecutions and the rules of evidence. The course concludes with a review of police powers, including powers of arrest, officer discretion, charging and releasing an offender as well as search and seizure authorities.
Description: This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour including the sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Criminological theory is related to various types of criminal activity. The reality of crime in Canada including victimology is examined through crime statistics and correlates of criminal behaviour. The impact on theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with an emphasis on future trends within the system. This course is part of the Law Enforcement and Investigation program.
Description: Human rights and diversity issues play an important role in Criminal Justice practice. This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine current issues and social problems relating to our current laws and multi-cultural society. It will provide an understanding of criminal law, investigations, and corrections in the context of today's diverse society. Students will also examine the issues surrounding race, gender, social class, crime, and their impact on the criminal justice system.
Description: In this course students will analyze specific elements of selected Criminal Code offences. These include offences against the person, against property and against public order. Students will research case law and assess its impact on criminal offences and use case law to argue or defend decisions. Students will also develop police report writing skills.
Description: In this course students will critically identify and examine issues in cultural diversity. Specifically, students will focus on topics pertaining to inequality in various social settings, including: race, ethnicity, and religion. Incorporating social and legal explanations of diversity, students develop an understanding of the impacted groups and develop interaction strategies which demonstrate respect of diversity.
Description: This course is designed to develop the ability of the participant to intervene in conflict and crisis situations with competence and confidence. The conflict situation will be examined from its inception through intervention by either police or other law enforcement agencies. Various problem-solving skills and non-violent intervention techniques are discussed along with intervention strategies directed toward specific incidents. Behaviour patterns that may lead to violent encounters are analyzed and the appropriate legal responses to these encounters are learned. These responses emphasize both officer and public/client safety through awareness and preparation.
Description: This course will follow the young offender through the criminal justice system. In addition, the student will be able to summarize and appraise disposition alternatives which may be employed with a view to aiding and rehabilitating a young offender while facilitating public safety, in the context of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant legislation.
|CDEV2200||Career Preparation for Law Enforcement
Description: The Career Preparation course will introduce and prepare students for the application processes in the areas of security, corrections, policing, and Canadian Border Services Agency.
|LAW2000||Security Fundamentals I: Interviewing And Investigation
Description: The Security Fundamentals course is designed to introduce the students to a broad overview of the practical skills required in the security industry. These skills are essential in the areas of security and all areas of law enforcement. Practical application of their skills will build on the theoretical components.
|LAW2070||Applied Communications in Law Enforcement
Description: Students will develop and enhance their reading, listening, and observational skill sets for policing, security and investigations, and will demonstrate effective presentation skills. They will be introduced to key reporting and communication practices. Additionally, they will demonstrate notebook entry writing and incident reports following guidelines used by law enforcement agencies.
Description: This course introduces the student to crime prevention theory and practice in both the community and corporate environments. Crime prevention will be explored from analyzing root cause up to and including various levels response. Students will be introduced to crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) strategies, retail loss prevention strategies and community crime prevention.
Description: Risk Management is currently one of the fastest growing areas with the private security field. Students will be introduced to the process of Risk Management with special attention to the threat-risk-analysis. The student will understand the many forms of risk and how to manage that risk.
Description: This course will approach the legal research process step by step so that the student can learn how to solve legal "problems", such as determining who makes the law, analyzing which law applies, discovering how it is applied and by whom, and ultimately recognizing what happens when the law is breached. The student will be exposed to a variety of computer resources. Analysis and critical thinking are important elements of the legal research process and the students will be introduced to the concepts and strategies used in critical thinking.
|PSYC2020||Psychology and Mental Health in Public Safety
Description: This course will introduce students to the nature of and experiences of mental health issues and their impact on individuals with mental health issues in their interactions with public safety practitioners. It will also focus on measures at the individual and community levels for promoting mental health. Topics will include: mental illness and recovery; community mental health and mental health services; social support and coping.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|FIT1210||Vocational Fitness Standards II for Protection, Security and Investigation and Police Foundations
Description: This course will provide students with further performance-specific coaching and end-of-program exit testing related to the bona fide vocational physical performance criteria relevant to their chosen career/program.
|LAW2040||Security Fundamentals II: Investigation And Evidence
Description: In this course, students will learn the key fundamentals to be successful as an investigator. The focal topics of this course are the investigation process, understanding evidence, and interviewing techniques.
Description: In this course, students will be introduced the world of mechanical and electrical security systems used by private and public sectors globally. Course topics will initiate the basic understanding of the core monitoring devices used in Closed Circuit Surveillance Systems (CCTV), Access Control and Intrusion Detection systems. Students will learn about the common issues and trouble shooting techniques required for the daily monitoring and control of these types of systems. Students will learn about the professional and ethical use of these types of systems and the expectations of the security industry. Students will be able to practice some of these skills in a lab environment
|LAW2225||Safety and Accident Prevention
Description: This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of acts and regulations relating to occupational safety and the concepts and techniques of safety management. Topics covered in this course include: WHMIS, OHSA, workplace violence, safety equipment and Systems. Students will have an opportunity to conduct mock safety inspections and then design prevention plans. This course is part of the Law Enforcement and Investigation program.
Description: This course is designed to teach students the planning, management and organizational skills required in their future supervisory and management roles. Using a combination of theory and practical instruction in the classroom and computer labs, this course will equip students to design and implement efficient, proactive and cost effective administrative procedures related to basic scheduling, human resources and leadership skills.
Description: This course will introduce students to the field of high technology crime. Students will learn how learn the basic components of computer systems, networks and related devices. The students will learn what makes systems vulnerable to attack and principles of how to secure them. The student will also learn computer system incident response and how to investigate computer crime.
Description: This course focuses on ethical issues and the application of ethical principles by professionals with authority and responsibility for public safety. The course will focus on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
|SOC1020||Contemporary Social Issues
Description: This course identifies and examines the social construction, causes and consequences of various social problems in contemporary Canadian society. Using current social science paradigms and theories, students will analyse the problems and explore potential responses from a professional viewpoint. Topics will include: crime, violence, family problems, illness & healthcare, social stratification problems, ageism, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
Program OutcomesThe graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
- work in compliance with established standards and relevant legislation in the protection, security and investigation fields.
- make decisions in a timely, effective and legally defensible manner to uphold protection and security.
- carry out delegated duties and responsibilities in compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
- act equitably and justly with diverse populations*.
- work effectively as a member of a protection and security team.
- prevent and resolve crisis*, conflict* and emergency* situations by applying effective techniques.
- conduct and/or contribute to investigations by collecting, preserving and presenting admissible evidence*.
- monitor, evaluate and accurately document behaviours, situations and events.
- develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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