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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

David Lalonde

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6489
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Enrich your police service application with post-secondary training. 

Get a head start for employment in a police service with a solid foundation of police procedures. Cambrian’s in-class assignments, scenario training, fitness components, and community work complement topics covered by the Ontario Police College. 

Hands-on training includes three replica jail cells in our scenario room and extensive involvement in community initiatives. You’ll get opportunities to network alongside working professional officers from local police agencies and volunteer within the community. Upon graduation, you can pursue your career goals or earn a second diploma in public safety in one additional year. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Guest speakers from municipal, provincial, and national law enforcement agencies 
  • Physical fitness integrated throughout the program to prepare you for the police academy fitness test 
  • Introduction into many facets of policing and law – traffic management, police powers, federal and provincial statutes, provincial offences, youth law, etc. 
  • Several communications courses ensure you’re prepared to hit the ground running as a cadet 
  • Option to earn a second diploma in another public safety program in just 1 year when you graduate 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements


  • Grade 11 physical education (O)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Information

  • A criminal record check may be required for volunteer initiatives.

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications3
LAW 1010Canadian Criminal Justice3
FIT 1510Physical Fitness and Wellness2
PFP 1065Community Policing I2
POL 1500Canadian Political Studies3
PSY 1050Introduction To Psychology I3
SOC 1000Introduction To Sociology3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 2
ENG 1126Commun. Skills/Justice Students I3
FIT 1501Physical Fitness & Wellness II2
LAW 1105Ethics & Diversity Issues3
LAW 3050Youth In Conflict With Law3
PFP 3010Criminal And Civil Law3
PSY 1106Tactical Communication3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
FIT 1502Physical Fit & Wellness III2
PFP 3020Criminal Code3
PFP 3030Police Powers3
PFP 3040Interviewing And Investigation3
PFP 3065Community Policing II2
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
SOC 1210Introduction To Criminology3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 4
FIT 1503Physical Fitness & Wellness IV2
PFP 1000Career Options in Policing3
PFP 4010Provincial Offences3
PFP 4020Criminal Code And Federal Statutes3
PFP 4040Investigations And Evidence3
PFP 4050Conflict Management3
PFP 4065Community Policing III3
PFP 4070Traffic Management I & II3
 Total Credits87

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,122.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,734.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Public Safety

Commit to serve and protect by joining Cambrian’s School of Public Safety. Taught by seasoned veterans, you’ll get the training and credentials you need to become a powerful force for good. From enforcement and protection to rehabilitation and reintegration, our immersive programs focus on upholding human rights, protecting marginalized groups, and ensuring the safety and security of property and community.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Cambrian College has been offering programs in law enforcement for 40 years. As an established post-secondary institution, Cambrian College is well recognized by employers. Our graduates may find employment with municipal, provincial, and federal police forces. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Areas of corrections
  • Youth work
  • Private investigation
  • Insurance investigation
  • Military police
  • Customs and excise
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

See where you'll be learning!

Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

Have Questions?
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If you have any questions about programs, funding, OSAP, deadlines, student services, or anything else, reach out to our support team and we are happy to help!

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