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.

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    A horse and rider logo appears on a black background.

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    The screen is divided in two. On the top is an RCMP patrol car on a street while the bottom shows a hand on a steering wheel.

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    The screen is split in three. At the top left, we see an epaulette bearing the letters GRC RCMP. At the bottom left, we see officer Greyeyes-Brant in a bulletproof vest with the words POLICE. On the right, a female officer scans a snowy landscape.

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    The screen is split in three. On the left, a forensic investigator in white coveralls takes a picture of evidence.

    Super: forensic identification (appears at the top right). At the top right, a forensic investigator examines evidence with a flashlight, then two members in dirty white coveralls open the door of a white SUV.

    At the bottom right, a forensic investigator puts the number 3 on broken glass at a crime scene.

    Super: 150 ways to grow

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    The screen is split in three. At the top left, someone is walking on a ship deck and at the bottom left, a pilot presses on a dashboard button. On the right, a helicopter is flying by.

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    The screen is divided in two. On the left, we see the front of a motorcycle with the words POLICE. On the right, we see the helicopter.

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    On the left, a screen split in three shows members of the Emergency Response Team walking with their firearms raised.

    At the bottom right, we see a member of that same group from the side with his firearm raised.

    Super: emergency response team (at the top right of the screen). A close-up of a police car light bar transitions to a convoy of police vehicles.

    Super: 150 ways to make a difference

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    The screen is divided in three. On the left, a forensic investigator in white coveralls and goggles examines a ceiling with an ultraviolet light. At the top right, a female patrol officer writes in her notebook. At the bottom right, gloved hands remove evidence from the ground.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, a police investigator identifies herself to a male suspect.

    Super: serious & organized crime (at the top right of the screen). The suspect is handcuffed, then shown watching as a police officer pulls a large bag of drugs out of a bag.

    At the bottom right, handcuffs are put on a suspect.

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    On the left, a police dog and his handler moving into a field. At the right top, a police officer in a bulletproof vest gets out of a patrol car. At the bottom, we see an RCMP vessel on the water.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, we see a female officer getting into a patrol car. At the top right, we see a back view of the police dog and his handler moving through a field.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, a forensic investigator in white coveralls takes a picture of an object on the ground. On the top right, a diver swims underwater. At the bottom right, we see the back of a police officer wearing a vest with the words POLICE.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, a Zodiac-type boat is rolled into the water (SLOW DOWN THIS PART OF THE VIDEO TO ACTUAL SPEED). At the top right, gloved hands adjust a camera lens. At the bottom right, we see two police officers on foot patrol.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, we see a hand on the steering wheel of a boat. On the right, an officer talks into his walkie-talkie. On the bottom, a patrol officer stands next to his motorcycle and directs traffic.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, we see a helicopter flying by. At the top right, we see the legs of a police officer walking next to his bike. At the bottom, we see a head shot of a forensic investigator in white coveralls examining an object.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, we see a patrol car on the road. At the top right, an RCMP vessel passes under a bridge. On the bottom, we see a head shot of a police diver in full gear.

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    On the left, we see a forensic investigator in white coveralls taking a picture of a can on the floor. On the top right, a pilot looks at a dashboard.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the top right, we see a row of boots that suggests a group of officers standing at attention during a formal event. At the bottom right, we see the crest on the epaulette of a red serge uniform with the letters GRC RCMP.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    On the left, we see the back of an Emergency Response Team member with his firearm raised. At the top, on the right, three police officers are driving their motorcycles. At the bottom right, an RCMP officer gets ready to jump over a wooden wall.

    Super: over 150 career specializations

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    Screen sequence of an RCMP officer in red serge adjusting his Stetson and looking directly into the camera. Then we see a close-up of a gold RCMP collar badge on the uniform.

    Super: a uniform with your name on it is waiting for you

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    Horse and rider logo on black background

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    SUPER: © Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 2017.

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    Royal Canadian Mounted Police / Gendarmerie royale du Canada signature

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    Canada wordmark

Who are we?

We are a team of approximately 18,500 police officers who, along with civilian employees, make up Canada's national police service. We are unique in that we provide policing services at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels. We know that diversity in our workforce is a strength and we are committed to building a police service that reflects 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.

With over 150 different types of operational and administrative opportunities to choose from, our police officers have enough variety to ensure a career full of growth and adventure. Here are just a few of the specializations we offer: General Duty Policing, Forensic Identification, Drugs and Organized Crime Investigation, Financial Crime, Emergency Response Team, Integrated Border Enforcement Team, National Security, VIP Protective Service, Police Dog Services, Marine Services, International Peace Operations, Explosives Disposal and dozens more.

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
  • Conduct investigations
    • 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?

  • Shift work

    Policing is a 24-hour-per-day necessity. You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays.

  • Relocation

    Be prepared to serve anywhere in Canada. You will have the opportunity to identify your preferred province for your first post following graduation; 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.

  • Career evolution

    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.

Need more?

Becoming a police officer starts with training.

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