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Police Officers

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NOC:0431,4311
Occupation:Police Officers
Category:Management

About the job

Nature of work:

Police officers protect the public, detect and prevent crimes, 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 group includes officers from the rank of staff sergeant to police commissioner.

Job 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.
  • Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters.
  • Participate in crime prevention, public information and safety programs.
  • May supervise and coordinate the work of other police officers.
Commissioned police officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a police force or division of a police force.
  • Develop and implement police force policies and procedures.
  • Oversee police investigations and ensure that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Assess performance of subordinates and authorize promotions, transfers and disciplinary actions.
Sample job titles:
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) investigator
  • chief detective
  • police cadet
  • police captain
  • police chief
  • police commissioner
  • police constable
  • police inspector
  • police investigator
  • police lieutenant
  • police officer
  • police sergeant
  • school safety officer - police
Skills:

To work in these jobs you should be physically fit and in excellent health. Cultural sensitivity, patience, and mental stability are important. You must be resourceful, able to give and take orders, and able to make decisions quickly. Excellent communication, observation, and problem-solving skills are essential. You should also be able to communicate with and gain the respect of the public.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program or university degree in law and security, social sciences or business administration 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.
  • Several years of experience as a police officer are required to become a commissioned officer.
Other considerations:

Earnings will generally increase with the officer's rank and years of service. Progression to commissioned police officer positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Police Officers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

The median employment income for 79% of Police Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $99,341. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Police Officers1,855Stable150Low
Minimum: $26.92
Median: $41.78
Maximum: $48.45
Minimum: $56,550
Median: $97,817
Maximum: $122,959
All NS Occupations427,305Weak growth33,315Moderate
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $19.89
Maximum: $40.00
Minimum: $2,872
Median: $29,983
Maximum: $83,126
Police OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
Percent employed full-time99%78%
Percent self-employed14%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPolice OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern8%x12%$30,581
Northern12%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton14%x13%$32,974
Halifax51%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePolice OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-245%N/A
25-3430%5%
35-4429%37%
45-5426%29%
55-648%24%
65+1%5%
Median Agex44
GenderPolice OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% Employed% Employed
Female18%49%
Male82%51%
EducationPolice OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax2.8%$11,346
High school13.0%x14.3%$25,801
Trades certificate4.8%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma45.5%x21.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma3.0%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree29.7%$50,74629.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma1.8%x3.4%$47,801
Master's degreeN/A$53,58417.2%$35,978
Doctorate2.3%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Nova Scotia
3139 Oxford Street Box 2286
Halifax, NS B3J 3E1
Tel: (902) 426-3644
HdivRecruiting@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Policing Services Division
P.O. Box 7, 1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-4030
justweb@novascotia.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Criminal justice/law enforcement administration
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of criminal justice to structuring, managing, directing and controlling criminal justice agencies, including police departments, law enforcement divisions and units, and protective services.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Criminal justice/police science
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Ravensberg College
3660 Commission Street, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3K 0A5
(902) 482-4704
firststep@ravensbergcollege.ca
Program Name:Criminology
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic study of crime as a sociopathological phenomenon, the behaviour of criminals, and the social institutions evolved to respond to crime. These programs include courses in the theory of crime, psychological and social bases of criminal behaviour, social value systems and the theory of punishment, criminal law and criminal justice systems, penology, rehabilitation and recidivism, studies of specific types of crime, social attitudes and policy, and applications to specific issues in law enforcement administration and policy.
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Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Program Name:Crisis/emergency/disaster management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program focusing on the application of the incident command system model to formulating and implementing effective response to natural and man-made disasters. These programs include courses in contingency planning, hazard and risk assessment, joint operations, law and ethics, emergency response and recovery, event mitigation, emergency rescue and medical operations, incident command, terrorism and national security issues, law enforcement, relief administration, volunteer and citizen coordination, public relations and applications to specific types of incidents.
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Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Dispute resolution
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that provides individuals with skills in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, that can be applied to resolve disputes in a variety of settings, including business, legal, domestic, and labour relations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Forensic science and technology
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. These programs include courses in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology, crime scene analysis, fingerprint technology, document analysis, pattern analysis, examination procedures, applicable laws and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.
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Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Program Name:International relations and national security studies, other
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to International relations and national security studies.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Peace studies and conflict resolution
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the origins, resolution and prevention of international and inter-group conflicts. These programs include courses in peace research methods and related social scientific and psychological knowledge bases.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Additional resources:

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