Commissioned police officers (NOC 0431)

About this job

People in this occupation:

  • plan, organize and direct police force administration and police activities such as maintaining law and order and detecting and preventing crime
  • work for municipal, provincial and federal governments
  • includes officers from the rank of staff sergeant to police commissioner
  • commissioned officers in the railway police are also included in this group
Common job titles
  • chief detective / chief inspector
  • chief of police / chief superintendent
  • commanding officer - police
  • headquarters police inspector
  • police captain / chief / lieutenant
  • RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
  • chief detective / chief inspector
  • chief of police / chief superintendent
  • commanding officer - police
  • detective inspector - police
  • detective sergeant - police
  • headquarters police inspector

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$112,356

Source: 2011 National Household Survey (Full-time full-year median employment income)

Provincial hourly rate

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  • Low

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Commissioned police officers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize and direct the activities of a police force or division of a police force
  • create and carry out police force policies and procedures
  • oversee police investigations and ensure that procedures are carried out in accordance with laws and regulations
  • assess performance of subordinates and authorize promotions, transfers and disciplinary actions

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A university degree in the social sciences or in business administration may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a police officer are required.

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Social
  • Directive
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Manual Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Anthropology
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Criminal Justice/Criminology
  • Economics (Arts)
  • Economics (Science)
  • Geography (Arts)
  • Geography/Earth Sciences Related
  • History
  • Political Science/Studies
  • Psychology (Arts)
  • Sociology

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
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Kootenay
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
60
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North Coast & Nechako
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0
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Northeast
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Thompson-Okanagan
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Vancouver Island / Coast
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Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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