Police officer careers
Lifelong adventure in every part of Canada and around the world
The RCMP offers an exceptional career, letting you make a real difference in your community and your country. No other police force in Canada provides the levels of services and variety offered by the RCMP, as well as opportunities for continued learning and growth.
Who are we?
We are a specialized team that works together to keep Canadians safe. We welcome men and women of all backgrounds. Diversity in our workforce gives us an enhanced understanding of cultural issues and helps us provide a balanced approach to problem-solving, which lets us work even closer with the communities we serve.
What do we do?
As an RCMP police officer, you will help ensure public safety and security, investigate crimes and enforce the law.
New recruits of the RCMP start their career in general duty policing at the detachment level. This role provides you with an opportunity to experience a broad range of meaningful and challenging assignments, and gives you a solid foundation for any specialization you may choose to pursue down the line.
Some of the duties of a police officer:
Enforce the law
- Apprehend criminals
- Respond to alarms, disputes and complaints
- Conduct patrols by vehicle, by foot or by bicycle
- Enforce highway and traffic laws
- Collect evidence at crime scenes
- Interview suspects and witnesses
- Investigate accidents and crime scenes
- Testify in court
- Collect notes and reports
Ensure the safety and security of the public
- Respond to emergencies
- Provide assistance to victims
Community awareness and relations
- Prevent crime
- Uphold police-community relations and multiculturalism
What does the work involve?
Policing is a 24-hour-per-day necessity. You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays.
Be prepared to serve anywhere in Canada. Consideration will be given to posting preferences; however, postings depend on the Force's needs. With hundreds of detachments across the country, police officers have the chance to experience life in many parts of Canada and work at different levels of policing – municipal, provincial and federal. The usual duration of a posting is from three to five years.
Carrying a firearm and use of force
Whether you intend to pursue a long-term career as a police officer or specialize in a different field of law enforcement, during the period of your work as a police officer, you will be expected to carry a firearm and use it or any other force necessary to restore order and safety.
Exposure to trauma, violence and disturbing events
Reality is that as a police officer, you will be exposed to trauma, violence and disturbing situations. But it's important to remember that you are there to help, to provide protection and support in difficult times. Just as it's important to maintain your physical health, it is critical to maintain mental wellness throughout your life and we have programs in place to teach you how to do that, and to provide any support needed.
While many of our police officers choose to continue in general duty policing, later in your career you may have the desire and opportunity to transfer to more specialized areas of policing. There are many different types of operational and administrative opportunities available within the RCMP.
Becoming a police officer starts with training.
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