Online Police Sciences (Law Enforcement & Protection) Course

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Program Overview

Take the first step towards an exciting and challenging new career with ICS Canada’s online Police Sciences (Law Enforcement & Protection) Career Diploma training course. Learn to work on cases involving missing persons, corporate intelligence, and more, while studying at home or on the go at a pace that’s right for you.¹ Plus, you can complete ICS Canada’s Police Sciences training program in as little as six months.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide a foundation in police science technology that prepares students for entry-level positions in the public and private security field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Canada Criminal Code, including how it evolved, the types of offenses, the organization and function of judicial entities, and the various public and private sector career opportunities
  • Describe the qualifications and objectives of an investigator, the tools and techniques used by investigators, the methods of criminal identification, and crimes related to burglary, theft, arson, fraud, assault, chemical spills, homicide, sex crimes, child abuse, and robbery
  • Recognize the different types of police calls and the methods for handling them, as well as how to approach a contact and conduct various types of searches
  • Discuss how evidence is obtained, recorded, preserved, and analyzed; how physical evidence and expert testimony can be introduced in court; and how to process an arson crime scene and how stolen vehicles may be found
  • Recognize the types of fingerprints and fingerprinting equipment, the classification system used to categorize fingerprints, and the process for taking known fingerprints
  • Describe the types, tools, and methods of surveillance in various locations and conditions and how to protect against countersurveillance
  • Explain the components of and terms related to criminal law and discuss how various crimes are defined under The Canadian Criminal Code
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of various types of cameras and camcorders in a variety of settings and lighting conditions
  • Distinguish between the usage of observation and description in investigations, the systematic approach to observation, and techniques for building rapport with witnesses and reading body language effectively
  • Recognize the differences between interviews and interrogations and how each is conducted with respect to the legal process
  • Describe the process, duties, and terms related to traffic engineering and traffic accident investigations
  • Describe the characteristics of drug dependence, the effects of various types of drugs and drug injection methods, and the federal and legal procedures related to drug-related investigations and security measures
  • Recognize self-defense techniques, various aerobic and anaerobic exercises, the methods of handcuffing suspects, the nonlethal weapons used to subdue assailants, and the use of and federal laws pertaining to firearms
  • Define access control in terms of physical, information, and personnel security and discuss access control in relation to crime prevention in a various settings and environmental design features such as barriers, lighting, locks, and alarms

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

The Administration of Justice

The criminal justice system; organization of police agencies; elements of the criminal legal process - from arrest to final disposition; the corrections system.

Instruction Set 2

Criminal Investigation, Parts 1 and 2

Field note-taking and preliminary crime scene investigation; attitudes and approaches in the preliminary investigation. Qualities of the investigation; tools and methods of the investigator; observation and description; information sources.

Criminal Investigation, Part 3

Crimes against property - burglary, arson, fraud, chemical spills, occult crime, youth gangs; crimes against persons - felonious assaults, homicide, suicide, sex crimes, child abuse, robbery.

Patrol Procedures, Part 1

Basic goals of police patrol; effective patrol techniques; types of beats; miscellaneous vehicle stops.

Patrol Procedures, Part 2

Patrol hazards; building search; area searches; missing persons; crimes in progress; civil disputes; sick and injured persons.

Instruction Set 3

Evidence, Part 1

Searching the crime scene; using evidence to identify remains; collection and preservation of evidence; comparison and analysis of evidence.

Evidence, Part 2

Gathering and using evidence; preparing for trial; physical expert at trial.

Fingerprinting Techniques

The fingerprinting process; fingerprinting patterns and the classification of fingerprints; latent prints.

Instruction Set 4

Surveillance, Part 1

Surveillance planning; precautions when conducting surveillance; techniques of surveillance; counter surveillance.

Surveillance, Part 2

Advanced surveillance techniques; stationary surveillance; moving foot surveillance; moving vehicular surveillance.

Criminal Law and the Canadian Criminal Code

General principles; defenses; criminal procedure; criminal code offences; offences against the administration of justice and public order; sexual offences and obscenity; disorderly conduct; homicide; manslaughter and infanticide; criminal negligence and legal duties; offences involving motor vehicles; theft and related offences; mischief, arson, and cruelty to animals; narcotics and drug offences.

Additional Material

Textbook: Criminal Law and the Canadian Criminal Code

Instruction Set 5

Equipment Usage

Categories of investigative equipment; camera and lenses; fine tuning your photographs; video cameras; using photography on surveillance; evidence on film.


Using observation and description; observations and descriptions by investigators; observations and descriptions by witnesses; nonverbal communication.

Truth Finding Methods

Preparing for the interview; conducting the interview; conducting the interrogation; polygraph examination; rights of suspects.

Instruction Set 6

Traffic Engineering

Control devices; identifying hazardous locations; human nature behind the wheel; high speed pursuit driving; directing traffic; safety precautions.

Traffic Accident Investigations, Parts 1 and 2

Qualities of investigation; establishing procedures; crowd control; obtaining facts and records; classifying traffic accidents.

Instruction Set 7

Drug Problems, Parts 1 and 2

Abuse; trafficking; control laws; security measures; arrests and searches.

Use of Force, Officer Safety, and Lifestyle Awareness, Part 1

Health & fitness; sleep; infectious diseases; stress.

Use of Force, Officer Safety, and Lifestyle Awareness, Part 2

The law; civil disturbances; baton, OC spray, firearms, chemical agents; edged weapons; ballistic vests.

Instruction Set 8

Security Management, Part 1

Opportunities for trained security personnel; access control – a working definition; access control terminology; environmental design; lighting in crime prevention locks.

Security Management, Part 2

Security in special settings; types of crimes associated with each setting; concepts associated with each setting; crime prevention strategies; railway and port security.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view a Police Sciences sample lesson, click here.

Police Sciences Course Details

In ICS Canada’s Police Sciences courses you’ll cover topics such as:

  • Investigation and reporting techniques
  • Fingerprinting techniques and handwriting analysis
  • Surveillance equipment
  • Criminal Law and the Canadian Criminal Code

Police Sciences (Law Enforcement & Protection) Student Discount Program

Personal Defense Network Video Resources
Students enrolled in the Police Sciences (Law Enforcement & Protection) Career Diploma Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Personal Defense Network premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your ICS Canada program, but is not required to complete your coursework. Learn more about this offer here.


Law enforcement and police sciences courses

ICS Canada’s Police Sciences Career Diploma program can help you prepare to apply to work for a private investigation or security agency, corporate legal department, government agency, or in law enforcement. Here are a few qualities that effective police sciences personnel have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye when analyzing a situation.
  • Dependable: Clients and law enforcement rely on you to be organized and prepared.
  • Persistent: You work well under pressure and in the face of obstacles.
  • Honest: You are honest and ethical in investigations and security concerns.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and listen to what others have to say regarding assignments and tasks.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What careers does the ICS Canada Police Sciences program prepare students for?

With the right credentials, Police Sciences graduates are eligible to work for private investigation or security agencies, corporate legal departments, government agencies, or as a bodyguard, constable, detective, and police investigator.²

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¹ Prospective students should note that completion of this program does not automatically satisfy the admission requirements in a public or private police or security force. Admissions requirements vary from one force to another. Students are advised to check with their public/private security forces to determine what additional training, if any, they will need in order to satisfy admissions requirements.

² Some provinces are policed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). An application for entry to the police services in these provinces is made directly to the RCMP. You can view the RCMP's prerequisites for an applicant here.