Confederation College – Police Foundations Students Test Their Knowledge with Simulated Exercises


Students in the Police Foundations program at Confederation College were participating in a series of simulated exercises today. The exercises are designed to test the students’ skills and knowledge, gained throughout the year, by exposing them to mock crime scenarios ranging from domestic violence to homicide.   Not knowing what to expect, students were dispatched to an incident and were required to assess and investigate the scene/situation and respond accordingly. Five sites were running simultaneously on campus, with simulated crimes relating to domestic violence, assault, sexual assault, drugs, theft and homicide. 19 groups totaling approximately 80 students overall participated in the culminating activity.   Volunteers from the Social Service Worker program put on their acting hats to help execute each scenario. Representatives from the Thunder Bay Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were also on site to assist with the exercises and mentor students.   “This is a very exciting day for students in the program as they are given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired investigation skills in a safe and controlled, but real-world setting,” said Rob Lyon, Program Coordinator and Instructor in the Police Foundations program at Confederation. “With actors and real police mentors in place they are put to the test; arrests will be made and charges will be laid. This exercise has evolved into a tradition and it is a tremendous way for the students to wrap up two years of study in the Police Foundations program.”   Second-year student Molly MacDermaid agreed. “I’m excited to see what simulation I’m going to have and am ready for the challenge. I feel prepared; we’ve been doing simulations once a week for quite some time and learning the rapid decision making model, which I’m hoping I can apply well during the exercise.”   After completion of the exercise, students were evaluated and debriefed helping them to properly reflect on their experience, learn from any mistakes and celebrate their successes. The next month will see students prepare crown briefs to submit to faculty acting as Crown Attorneys and finally, will present the case in a mock trial.   To learn more about the Police Foundations program, visit It’s not too late to apply for the 2016 fall intake.   PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE:   

  • Caption 1 – When a ‘stolen vehicle’ is noticed by passersby, Police Foundations students were called to the scene where a chase ensued before an ‘arrest’ was made.
  • Caption 2 – Police Foundations students ‘arrest’ a woman after investigating her girlfriend’s ‘assault.’
  • Caption 3 – Police Foundations find ‘drugs’ on the perpetrator’s person when doing a search after ‘arrest.’
  • Caption 4 – Crime scene tape blocks entry to the ‘homicide’ Molly MacDermaid and other Police Foundations students investigated throughout the day.

    Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa.    Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 7,800 combined full and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 805 full and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $411.2 million annually.


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