Police officers (except commissioned) (NOC 4311)

About this job

This group includes military police and railway police.

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Police officers:

  • protect the public, detect and prevent crime and perform other activities directed at maintaining law and order
  • work for municipal and federal governments, some provincial and regional governments and the armed forces
Common job titles
  • investigator, CSIS
  • police detective / investigator
  • police investigator
  • police officer, mounted / motorcycle patrol
  • police officer, railway
  • police officer, RCMP
  • investigator, CSIS
  • police detective / investigator
  • police investigator
  • police officer, canine team
  • police officer, community relations
  • police officer, desk / duty officer

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$78,210

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Police officers:

  • patrol assigned areas to maintain public safety and order and to enforce laws and regulations
  • investigate crimes and accidents, secure evidence, interview witnesses, compile notes and reports and provide testimony in courts of law
  • arrest criminal suspects
  • provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
  • participate in crime prevention, public information and safety programs
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of other police officers

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor setting, as well as outdoors where workers can be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working in crime prevention may be dangerous with potential sources of injury.
  • Workers may spend their shifts in patrol cars and at crime and accident scenes.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program or university degree in law and security or in the social sciences is usually required.
  • A three- to six-month police training program is provided.
  • Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met, and psychological or other tests may also be required.
  • Experience as a constable and the completion of specialized courses are required for detectives and sergeants.

Skills

  • Social
  • Directive
  • Clerical Ability
  • Manual Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Psychology (Arts)

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
310
Average annual employment growth:
2.0%
Expected number of job openings:
130
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
210
Average annual employment growth:
0.2%
Expected number of job openings:
60
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
5,590
Average annual employment growth:
1.5%
Expected number of job openings:
2,800
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
210
Average annual employment growth:
-2.6%
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
990
Average annual employment growth:
-1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
780
Average annual employment growth:
0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
310

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to commissioned police officer positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Additional resources