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Police Foundations… Scam or Not?

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The question revolving around Police Foundations and if it is worth it or not has been heavily debated for years. I have personally known people who attended school for Police Foundations to be told when they applied for policing that they do not look at that certificate as anything they recognize when hiring detectives and police officers. I have also had people come to our private investigative agency and say “I am a better candidate than any other private investigator because I attended school for Police Foundations.” It does not matter what your educational background is when looking into a career as an investigator. I studied business, and although I use my degree as part of owning a business, it did not help me to become a better private investigator. No piece of paper can allow you to know if you will be good or not as a PI.

Taking Police Foundations to be a Police Officer/Detective

We often work with police and detectives, and we know people involved in recruiting new officers. One thing steadily declared is that anyone in possession of a Police Foundations certificate is likely not to receive a job as a policeman based solely on that certificate. Within policing, one thing they want is someone who is at least 25 years or older with life experience in jobs but as well in their personal lives. They want to see your physically, emotionally, and financially stable and prepared for the responsibilities of policing.

Will Police Foundations help me get a job at Brinks or other armed security companies?

I have personally worked for Brinks’ Armored Division of Security. There is one main thing they search for, and it is not a certificate of Police Foundations training. They are looking for integrity and stability. Keep in mind when you apply and become hired by these organizations, they can help you become a police officer as the experience you will gain will give you a substantial backing. However, some people do not look to the future when getting hired in placed like Brinks. My intention on working with Brinks was not to have a stepping stone to policing like the majority of people in the training I attended. I was looking for something different to do part time as I enjoyed the differences the job had. One thing I remember in training was sitting in the class, and the instructor asked the group who was planning on becoming a police officer or using Brinks as a stepping stool to go into policing. To my surprise, nearly every single person raised their hands except me. To all of their shock, I was given the best training, jobs, and financial increases over anyone there and within weeks was running my crew. That’s because they knew I was not there for the wrong reasons. An employer knows when you are there for the right reasons. If you have an ultimate goal of policing and you know certainly that is the only job you want to do, then be honest and explain that. However, many of the employees of Brinks made double the amount a police officer makes with a similar pension. So they hindered themselves by being close minded.

Will taking Police Foundations ensure higher wages as a private investigator?

Speaking for my company and many others, this will not do any justice to our industry as well as private investigator training certificates from colleges and universities. These are an in some ways a scam to individuals that are ignorant to the private investigative industry. They pay hundreds and thousands of dollars to obtain a certificate they do not need. This will not get you a higher wage for private investigator jobs.

Will taking Police Foundations ensure higher wages as a security guard?

There is a large misconception with the police foundations training, and most people assume if they take the course and get the certificate then become security guards they are an automatic shoo-in for a position as a detective or police officer. This is not true and in most cases, a security guard does not become a police officer unless they ran or managed a crew or completed more serious tasks or sites where more responsibility was needed.

Will being a private investigator first help me to become a police officer?

I have spoken with recruiting officers many times within local, provincial, and federal policing and they all confirm given the candidate’s background they would see a private investigator having a better opportunity at being a police officer than a security guard.
  • A private investigator possesses integrity.
  • A private eye obtains evidence regularly.
  • A PI attends court regularly and knows how to present evidence obtained.
  • An investigator works without supervision and shows they can handle responsibility.
  • An investigative researcher will find and locate individuals needed.
  • A private investigator’s job is always changing, and they have to adapt.
  • A private investigator writes comprehensive reports and details and described facts and evidence obtained.
A security guard does some of these things, however, there is a clear difference in the industries. Rather than attending school and obtaining student debts, consider becoming a private investigator right out of high school and start working in a career where you can make good money, travel, and consider options for your future.
The Smith Investigation Agency’s Private Investigator Training, also known as the Private Investigator Course, is required through the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services. Our course meets and exceeds their requirements. So if you would like to become a private investigator, visit our website for more information.

About the Author

Whitney Joy Smith

Founder of The Smith Investigation Agency in 2014, Whitney Joy Smith’s extensive background as a private investigator is matched only by her passion for the role. A graduate of several respected institutions, including Northwest Florida State College and George Brown College, her early years in life were spent between Canada and the United States. This education, along with her formative years as a private investigator in various agencies, informed much of her knowledge of private investigative laws, regulations, and operating standards in both countries.

The recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, including the Consumers Choice Award, Best in Ottawa, and many others, Whitney takes pride in working closely with her ever-growing agency to raise the bar, maintain compliance, and meet the investigative needs of clients. Whitney is active in various membership and supporting roles, including the CPIRC, CBN, CAPI, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Her experience-driven, thought-provoking articles have been featured in everything from Readers Digest to Business News Daily, and she strives to continually redefine standards for those in the private investigative and security fields. Learn more about Whitney and the team at The Smith Investigation Agency today.

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