I have read that the recruiters value higher education and personal maturity but after reading all the comments about the PF diploma it gets a little confusing. The second question is: if taking Police Foundations is a benefit for me, which colleges are recommended in the GTA?
What if you are just dont make it through the process with any services, what will you do with that Police Foundations diploma?
That said, if you desire higher education take something you like and can turn into a career.
Example: A Social Work graduate can always find work in that field... and apply to be a cop if they want also. Doesnt work that same way for PF graduates.
If I take a fast track PF class, in a year I could be applying and would already have "higher education" in my resume. Is it a good Idea?
I'm mostly trying to complement my credentials as a person to have better chances and don't want to spend 3-5 years trying to get a college degree....
Should I just try and apply with just my background in sales and management?
PF diploma in 10 months sounded to me like an easy way to add higher education really fast to my resume.......
Since the process takes a considerable time, I'd suggest getting as much exposure as you can to the services that interest you, through volunteering, possibly a ride-along if they allow them and you haven't already done it. With a background in sales and management and at 32 years of age, your interpersonal skills, communication skills, etc. are potentially what will make you stand out from the 20-somethings with their PF diplomas, minimal life experience and security guard license.
Taking some college or university courses that are relevant and interesting to you will be much less expensive and time-consuming compared to a condensed 1 year PF program, and can be a start to working on a degree in a manageable way, and will demonstrate an interest in bettering yourself and continuing to learn.
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The job titles above are people I know that have successfully acquired employment with various police services in Southern Ontario as a Police Constable.
Of course they also have respected education that related to their position.
To be a Police Officer in my opinion services want to see more life skills and different employment backgrounds brought to the table. Why study a college program for 2 years on something their going to teach you at OPC.
The above job titles that some (if not most) employers relating to these positions want to see you have LASA or PF because they rely mostly on recruits what they have learned in the college program because they don’t have the means to train like a police service.
Although if you ask me, most of the people I meet that have PF or LASA work in the first title I listed.
That was straight from one of these colleges, I won't name it or who in case that person is still working there and could get in shit, but they were awesome and honest.
Call one yourself and ask. See what sales pitch they give you.
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