Job description Police Officer in Canada

Find out what work is like for a police officer in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Police officers (except commissioned) (NOC 4311).

Police officers (except commissioned)


Police officers protect the public, detect and prevent crime and perform other activities directed at maintaining law and order. They are employed by municipal and federal governments and some provincial and regional governments.

Job duties

  • This group performs 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, execute search warrants, secure evidence, interview witnesses, compile notes and reports and provide testimony in courts of law
  • Apprehend and arrest criminal suspects
  • Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
  • Participate in crime prevention, public information and safety programs
  • May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other police officers.

Job titles

  • detective - police
  • community relations officer - police
  • RCMP officer
  • police cadet
  • constable
  • police officer
  • crime prevention constable
  • harbour police officer
  • highway patrol officer
  • railway police officer
  • police sergeant
  • police diver

Related occupations

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