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 42100).

Police officers (except commissioned)


Police officers maintain order and enforce laws and regulations. They respond to emergency calls, patrol public areas, regulate traffic, control crowds, arrest offenders and build community relationships. They are employed by municipal and federal governments and some provincial and regional governments.

Job duties

  • Respond to emergency calls and complaints, execute search warrants and arrest criminal suspects
  • Patrol assigned areas on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorized vehicles to maintain public safety and order and to enforce laws and regulations
  • Prepare reports to record incidents and patrol activities and to provide testimony in courts of law
  • Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and test persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • Control crowds at public events and protests and monitor suspicious and violent behaviour
  • Participate in crime prevention, public information, safety and community relations programs
  • Perform daily administrative tasks in support of law enforcement activities, such as maintaining equipment and information files
  • May assist police investigators in criminal investigations

Job titles

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer
  • community relations officer - police
  • constable
  • crime prevention constable
  • harbour police officer
  • highway patrol officer
  • police cadet
  • police officer
  • police sergeant
  • railway police officer

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