Police officers (except commissioned) (NOC 4311)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 21.35$
Median 38.46$
Maximum 48.72$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
16,000
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

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. This unit group includes railway police.

Main duties

  • Police officers perform 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, secure evidence, interview witnesses, compile notes and reports and provide testimony in courts of law
  • - Arrest criminal suspects
  • - Continued…
  • - 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.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * Completion of a college program or university degree in law and security or in the social sciences is usually required.
  • * A three- to six-month police training program is provided.
  • * Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met, and psychological or other tests may also be required.
  • * Experience as a constable and the completion of specialized courses are required for detectives and sergeants.

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