Graduates of police foundation schools work for municipal police forces as well as their provincial counterparts, such as the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and at a national level, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Police officers are professionals working in the field of law enforcement and crime prevention. Police officers establish and build relationships with the communities they serve and protect while respecting multicultural diversity. Job titles within police forces include: cadet, detective, highway patrol officer, community relations officer and constable. Graduates of police foundations programs also find employment as private detectives and security guards for financial institutions, campuses and businesses. They may also join the Canadian Armed Forces.
Law Enforcement Professional Job Description
Police officers patrolling public areas in Canada carry firearms. As such, people taking police foundation courses must obtain a Possession/Acquisition Licence (PAL) issued by the RCMP and pass a criminal background check if they hope to pursue careers in law enforcement. On the job, some of the duties of a police officer include:
• Investigation of crimes and accidents
• Patrolling an assigned area or beat
• Securing evidence in an investigation
• Interviewing witnesses
• Writing reports
• Making arrests of criminal suspects and issuing fines for bylaw transgressions
• Testifying in courts of law
• Providing emergency help to victims of crime and accidents
Law Enforcement Professional Projected Demand
The demand for skilled workers in the public security sector (which includes police officers) in Canada is expected to remain stable over the next decade with new entry level positions created largely due to retirement (retirement age for police officers is below the national average). The average salary for police work in Canada is $77,236 annually with the possibility of bonuses and overtime.