Justice Studies: Police Foundations

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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 (pdf), 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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Principles and Foundations of Sociology, Psychology and Criminology
    • Verbal, Written and Interpersonal Communication
    • Occupational Health and Safety and WHMIS
    • 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

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    42100 - Police officers (except commissioned)
    43200 - Sheriffs and bailiffs
    64410 - Security guards and related security service occupations

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Athabasca University
    Information: Graduates from the two year Criminal Justice:  Police Foundations program may receive 60 credits towards the following Athabasca Programs:
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services (BPA-HSRV)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management (BPA-GLM)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communications Studies (BPA-CMNS)
    Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice (BPA-CRJS)
    Institution: Holland College (Atlantic Police Academy)
    Information: Fifteen (15) seats are reserved for the NBCC Criminal Justice: Police Foundation's graduates into the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) Police Science (Cadet) Program, provided they meet admission requirements.
    Institution: Humber College
    Information: Bachelor of Social Science - Criminal Justice
    Students with appropriate pre-requisites and grades (min. 65%) may be eligible for admission into advance semesters.
    Institution: Griffith University
    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.  
    Institution: Cape Breton University
    Information: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Degree (BACS).
    NBCC graduates with a minimum grade of 65% can receive up to a maximum of 45 credit hours of transfer towards the 90 credits required for CBU's 3 year BACS degree and a maximum of 51 credit hours of transfer towards the 120 credits required for CBU's 4 year BACS degree.
    Institution: St. Thomas University
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice.
    NBCC graduates with a minimum cumulative GPA of 70% can receive 2 years credit.

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