Police Careers Training in Canada

Many Canadian police departments hire and train candidates directly without any extra or special training or pre-requisite police fundamental programs.

First candidates should decide which police force they wish to work for: national, provincial or municipal.

Second candidates should meet with the official recruiting officers and obtain the exact steps necessary to qualify for the force and be hired.

According to the Canadian National Occupation Codes - Police Officers (Except Commissioned) are NOC 6261. The police occupation includes: bodyguard, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) investigation officer, canine team member, coast guard officer, community relations officer, community services officer, constable, crime prevention constable, desk officer, detective, diving supervisor, dog master, drug investigator, evidence technician, harbour police officer, headquarters duty officer, highway patrol officer, identification officer, investigator, military police officer, morality officer, motorcycle patrol, mounted police constable, patrol officer, peace officer, plain clothes officer, police corporal, police diver, police salvage diver, police sergeant, Ports Canada police officer, railway police constable, railway police officer, RCMP officer, recruitment and training constable, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, safety patrol officer, school liaison officer, school safety officer, scuba diver, secret service, security constable, security officer enforcement, military security officer, staff sergeant, station duty officer, station officer, traffic patrol officer and others.

Police officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the work of other police officers.
What You Need To be a police officer:

You must have a high school diploma and complete a three- to six-month training program. You may be required to complete a college diploma or university degree in law or security or in social sciences.

You must meet physical strength, agility, fitness, and vision requirements as well as some psychological or language, communications or academic tests.

To be a detective or sergeant, you need experience as a constable and to have completed specialized courses.

With additional training and experience, you may move up the ranks to become a commissioned police officer.

According to the Canadian National Occupation Codes the related police jobs are Protection and Correction Services classified as NOC C841.

What You'll Study

This program covers policing, security/protection services, penal/correction services, and paralegal/legal assistance services. You'll study subjects such as the Canadian correctional system, correctional programming, criminology, abnormal psychology, young offenders, group dynamics, and multiculturalism. You'll also undertake physical fitness/wellness training.

Some institutions offer a co-op program, combining work and study.

What You'll Need

Requirements vary depending on the institution and the program. In general, you need a high school diploma with courses in mathematics and English or French, depending on your language of study. Most institutions require a medical examination and letters of recommendation.

Community college graduates usually worked as police officers, firefighters, paralegals and as social services workers.

Some of the Career College courses offer Law Enforcement Courses that provide you with professional training in:

Sociology
Psychology
Ethics
Contemporary Social Problems
Community and Social Services
Issues in Diversity
Canadian Government and Politics
Law and the Legal System
Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
Criminal Code and Federal Statutes
Young Offenders in Canada
Police and Security Operations
Community Policing
Introduction to Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Career Opportunities include:
Private Security and Investigations firms
Campus Enforcement Agencies
Corporate Loss Prevention
Conservation Officers
Park Wardens
Railway Police
Police Officer
Parole Officer
Public Security Guard
Private Detective
Private Investigator

Additional Links to Police Careers Training in Canada

If you are interested in a police Career in Canada use our registration form. Write in the comments section - Interested in Police career

Link for those who are interested in working for one of the largest deployed police services in North America, the Ontario Provincial Police. The OPP commits to creating and sustaining a positive working environment in which all employees have equal opportunity to fulfill their potential within their profession.

Link to Toronto Police services Careers section

How much does it cost to apply to Toronto Police services?
The application fee for the Constable Selection is $299.60. This fee must be paid to Applicant Testing Services or the Ontario Provincial Police prior to testing.

Do I have to pay to attend the Ontario Police College?
Yes, new Toronto Police recruits must pay a "tuition" fee of $7,500. This amount is payable at least two weeks prior to attending the Ontario Police College. The fee can be paid at once or if required, financial assistance can be obtained from the Police Credit Union.

Link to York Regional Police Careers website - Candidates should note

York Regional does NOT accept applications through the fax machine or through email.

Applicants can mail their resume to:
Uniform Recruiting Unit
York Regional Police
17250 Yonge Street Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4W5

Police Applications can be hand delivered to:
Uniform Recruiting Unit
16775 Yonge St
1st Floor
Newmarket

For additional information:
Uniform Recruiting Unit:
(905) 830-0303 x 6720 or 6722

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