Criminal Justice: Police Foundations

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Criminal Justice professionals train their minds and bodies to promote community wellbeing and help combat crime. You'll learn about human behaviour, criminology, communication, sociology, community policing, the criminal justice system, criminal law, policing interventions, restraint techniques, and emergency response. Meaningful opportunities to "serve and protect" are awaiting you.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of the Criminal Justice: Police Foundations program, you may find employment with municipal, provincial, military and federal police services, as well as related enforcement roles in a variety of environments, including government departments, industry and private agencies. The program prepares you for employment opportunities and career success at all levels of policing and related criminal justice professions. The Criminal Justice: Police Foundations program was designed in collaboration with the Atlantic Police Academy and provides you with a foundational knowledge in policing. To pursue a career in policing you must apply and be accepted to a recognized Police Training facility.

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    NOC Codes

    4311 - Police officers (except commissioned)

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    What you will learn

    • Principles and Foundations of Sociology, Psychology and Criminology
    • Verbal, Written and Interpersonal Communication
    • Occupational Health and Safety and WHMIS
    • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention
    • Technology in Criminal Justice
    • Fitness - cardiovascular system, muscular strength and endurance
    • Law Enforcement and Community Policing
    • Canadian Criminal Justice System and the Criminal Code
    • Investigative Interviews and Evidence
    • Defensive Tactics and Use of Force
    • Documentation in the Criminal Justice Field
    • Community Outreach and Engagement
    • Critical Thinking and Professional Practice
    • Applied Workplace Experience: Police Foundations

    Specific Considerations

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned are prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Candidates should also be aware that they will be required to participate in strenuous physical fitness classes and are encouraged to consult with their family physician.

    Students wishing to enroll in the Criminal Justice: Police Foundations program should have an excellent command of both written and spoken English.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification and a driver's license. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: Holland College (Atlantic Police Academy)
    Articulation Period: Ongoing
    Information: The courses in our Criminal Justice: Police Foundations Program are accredited for admission to the Atlantic Police Academy (APA). The APA has reserved 15 seats for our graduates, provided that they meet all  APA admission requirements.

    Institution: St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB Canada
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Eligible graduates of  the Criminal Justice programs may apply to St. Thomas to complete a further two years of study culminating in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice (BAA) degree.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (70%) is required  for courses taken in the diploma programmes at NBCC.  In addition, students must meet the minimum average of 2.70 (70%) on the following courses, if taken as part of the diploma programme: Sociology, Psychology, Deviance, Criminal Justice, Abnormal Psychology, Criminology, and Victimology.

    Institution: Griffith University
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) years of advanced standing (i.e., entry into the fourth semester) of the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice degree to graduates of the Criminal Justice Programs.  Students may enroll online or on-campus, and additional information about online enrollment can be found at:

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