42100 – Police officers (except commissioned)



42100 – Police officers (except commissioned)
Police officers maintain order and enforce laws and regulations. They respond to emergency calls, patrol public areas, regulate traffic, control crowds, arrest offenders and build community relationships. They are employed by municipal and federal governments and some provincial and regional governments.


Index of titles
Bodyguard - police
Canine-team member - police
Community police officer
Community relations officer - police
Community services officer - police
Crime prevention constable
Crime scene technician - police
Desk officer - police
Diversity and race relations officer - police
Divisional diving supervisor - police
Dog master - police
Education relations officer - policing
Evidence technician - police
Harbour police officer
Harbour police sergeant
Harbour policeman/woman
Headquarters duty officer - police
Highway patrol officer
Highway patrolman/woman
Identification officer - police
Military policeman/woman - except commissioned
Morality officer - police
Motorcycle patrolman/woman - police
Mounted police constable
Mounted policeman/woman
Patrol officer - police
Peace officer
Plain-clothes officer
Police cadet
Police constable
Police corporal
Police diver
Police diver - salvage
Police officer
Police sergeant
Railway guard - police
Railway police constable
Railway police officer
Railway special agent - police
Recruitment and training officer - police
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer
Safety patrol officer - police
School liaison officer - police
School safety officer - police
Scuba diver - police
Scuba-diving specialist - police
Secret service officer
Security constable - police
Security officer - police
Staff sergeant - police
Station duty officer - police
Station officer - police
Traffic patrol officer


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Respond to emergency calls and complaints, execute search warrants and arrest criminal suspects
Patrol assigned areas on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorized vehicles to maintain public safety and order and to enforce laws and regulations
Prepare reports to record incidents and patrol activities and to provide testimony in courts of law
Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and test persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
Control crowds at public events and protests and monitor suspicious and violent behaviour
Participate in crime prevention, public information, safety and community relations programs
Perform daily administrative tasks in support of law enforcement activities, such as maintaining equipment and information files
May assist police investigators in criminal investigations


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Completion of a college program in police technology is required in Québec and usually required in other provinces and territories.
A three- to six-month police training program is required.
Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met, and psychological or other tests are also required.
Specialized training or certification may be required for certain areas of policing.


Additional information
Progression to investigative positions is possible with additional training and experience.


By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers (43202)
Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services (40040)
Police investigators and other investigative occupations (41310)
Private detective (in 64410 Security guards and related security service occupations)
Sheriffs and bailiffs (43200)