Police Work and Related Fields
December 1 1995
CO-OP Christmas exam
1. The working conditions of a police officer can vary fromeasy to
stressful situations where the officers life and the lives of others are
threatened. The officer must deal with these situations in the way they feel is
best but sometimes the officer cannot deal with this situation on their own and
they have to call in backup witch can help them deal with the situation.
CHANGING IN THE WORK PLACE
In these times of change many work places are finding it necessary to change
the ways in which they do business. The RCMP for example are moving into a more
community based policing. This makes the police more accessible to the community.
In this new system the RCMP try to solve the problem if they are repeatedly
called to the same home for domestic disputes they will stay for how ever long
it takes to find the route of the problem, where as if they were to encounter
the same situation their policy was to arrive in two minutes and stay for 20
minutes. This new program is the starting stages and already it has had great
reviews and great public support, as it brings the police closer to the
community. Another part of this community based policing is that there are crime
prevention comities that are run by various community groups that have monthly
meetings with the police. A police officer starts their career with on the job
training and then they move on to become a constable where they must be able to
relocate to any part of the country where they are positioned. In order for an
officer to advance tier career they may have to switch divisions where their
careers may excel. The work values for a police officer is to uphold the law,
patrol assigned areas and maintain public safety. They also participate in
public information groups and safety programs.
2. The nature of the work is always changing as crimes are becoming more and
more sophisticated, as well as there is no set times that any crimes will happen
so their jobs are always different. The job of a police officer is always
different as they could be talking to various groups on any number of topics.
They could also be testifying in court in relation to an investigation they
participated in. Officers may also take calls on situations in which they can
provide counselling to the caller until help arrives or provide necessary
numbers of shelters and food banks.
3. The outlook in this field is good although an officer could go through the
six month training program at the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TRAINING
facilities in Regina Saskatchewan, but when an officer is finished they are not
necessarily guaranteed a job as the RCMP as the officers are selected as to
their qualities and what degrees that you may have from universities or colleges.
This training that you receive may be useful in finding a career in a city or
provincial police department.
GROWTH IN THIS FIELD
The projected growth in the field of law enforcement from the years 1995-
2000 is 0.65% and the projected growth rate for commissioned police officers is
0.72% from the years 1995-2000. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be
more demand for commissioned police officers as the public is more and more
dissatisfied with the RCMP and other police organizations. This information was
provided from the Canadian Occupational projection system (COPS). Commissioned
police officers work for the municipal, provincial and Federal agencies.
4. The starting salary for a police officer in at entry level is around $30,000
and the average yearly wage of a regular officer is around $49,000 and those at
the top of the field can earn up to $64,000 per year. Commissioned officers earn
at entry level $50,000 and the average commissioned officer earns $66,000 while
those at the top of the field earn up to $80,000.
5. Qualifications and or skills that would help a person to become a police
officer are sense of responsibility, successful completion of CPR courses and
survival swimming courses. You must also have a high school diploma and if you
have any post secondary education it would certainly be an asset if it is a
degree in social sciences such as sociology and or criminology. At the time of
entry into the RCMP training facility you must also have a valid drivers license
and before you are allowed to drive a patrol car(once you have been posted) you
must have at least 16,000 km of driving experience.
6. Some spin off fields of work that a police officer can use his/her training
or skills in are:
Commissioned police officer
Private Detective Sheriffs and Bailiffs
Store DetectiveSecurity Guards
7. Some advantages and disadvantages that are associated with this field of work
as stated by officers in the field are:
– A sense of good for helping others
– The variety of the job in each day
– Being able to help individuals who are victims of a crime or
– being able to meet all kinds of different people
– The probability of injury or death on the job
– Working nights, weekends, and holidays
– being on call 24 hours a day
– Working long hours during an emergency
– Moving around the country
8. Post secondary education that is required for the job of a police officer
are: A degree in sociology and or criminology, training at the RCMP training
facility in Regina or you could attend Holland college in PEI(Which is a
training facility were officers for city and commissioned officers) You should
also attend a university were you could receive a degree in sociology or
criminology. Entrance requirements for in trance into these courses at
universities are English and it is suggested that you have a high school credit
for sociology, modern word problems and law.
9. Questions that you should ask yourself before perusing a career as a Police
a) Do I have the necessary education to Perdue this career?
B) Can I preform the to physical and mental demands of the job?
C) Can I adjust to another part of the country if I am transferred?
D) Can I handle going to a crime scene where there is a victim of a homicide or
e) Can I preform under a great deal of stress?
F) Can I preform to the social and mental demands of this job?
G) Can I keep my physical condition within the parameters of the job?
H) how will this job effect my present and or future family?
I) could I testify in court and participats in community outreach programs
10.Steps that I will need to take to better Perdue this career are: To study
harder at my school work, take and pass both a CPR and survival swimming course,
I must also get my physical condition up to the necessary levels and maintain
that level for the duration of my being a police officer.
Discover program on the network at A.D.H.S,1995
Saint Mary’s 1995-96 school calender – from student services.
Talking with officers in the fiel on how they feel about thier job and what is
required of them on the job.
Post secondary education day in the gym on the 29th of November I talked with a
representative of Holland college