As a Regular Member of the RCMP, you will:
General duties policing will allow you to experience a broad range of assignments and experiences, such as
You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays as policing takes place 24 hours per day.
With over 150 different types of operational and administrative opportunities available within the RCMP, you can forget about the monotony of doing the same thing year after year for the rest of your professional life.
Whether you stay in general duty policing or pursue a specialization, there are many opportunities to ensure a career full of learning and challenge.
“I’ve had a varied career — frontline policing, media relations, protective policing — and the opportunities I’ve been presented with have been endless. It’s really a career within a career."
A/Commissioner Sandra Conlin, Chief Criminal Intelligence Executive
Pony Express, No. 4, 2009
A few of the operational specializations include:
As a Regular Member, you must be prepared to serve anywhere in Canada. As you gain valuable policing experience, different opportunities will become available to you.
Cadets do not normally get posted to their home province directly after training. Midway through training, cadets are asked to identify three provinces to which they would like to be posted. There are no guarantees these preferences will be given as it depends upon where members are needed at the time of graduation.
Cadets are also asked to indicate such things as debt load, marital status, if they have children, medical concerns for themselves and their family, etc as this helps the RCMP determine a suitable posting for the applicant.
The RCMP works with the member to determine the next career steps. Each time you will be considered for a transfer, your current personal situation is reviewed. The RCMP covers the cost for relocating members and their families, however; the RCMP does not assist spouses with their career relocations.
Most RCMP federal investigations have connections beyond the Canadian border. The RCMP has liaison officers located around the world and participates in peace missions such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan.
The RCMP has primary law enforcement authority in federal matters, such as narcotics, customs and excise, immigration and passports, and areas affecting national security.
The RCMP provides community policing services under contract in all provinces and territories of Canada, except Ontario and Quebec. You'll find us operating in over 750 detachments, including more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports.
Individual municipal policing agreements have also been negotiated between a number of municipalities and the Government of Canada in contract provinces and territories.
The RCMP provides general policing services to First Nations communities in contract provinces and territories.
What happens after I graduate?
After your graduation from Depot, you will normally be hired as a Regular Member of the RCMP. Your education will continue throughout your first posting, where you will be coached and mentored by experienced police officers as part of our Field Coaching Program.
How long before I can get into a specialized unit?
Newly engaged members are normally posted to general duty assignments and expected to complete a minimum of three years of operational policing before becoming eligible to apply in a specialized unit. Members who meet the competency profile (i.e. skills, experience) for a particular position may be considered for a specialized unit to meet organizational needs.
Is it possible to apply for a position in Forensic Investigation?
Only Regular Member of the RCMP can apply for positions in Forensic Investigation. A Regular Member must have completed a minimum of three years of operational policing duties before being eligible to apply for placement in the Forensic Identification Apprentice Training Program.
My spouse would like to continue his/her education. Is it possible to be posted close to an urban centre with a university?
As a member of the RCMP, you may be posted anywhere in Canada. It is the RCMP’s responsibility to provide policing service to many small and remote communities. This may make continuing education difficult.
How many times will I be required to move?
The RCMP serves communities across the country, so members will be expected to move. How many moves varies. Some members have moved many times while others have moved only a couple of times. This depends upon such things as the member’s job and promotional interests as well as current job opportunities.
Do I have to do shift work if I have a family?
As a police officer, you are expected to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays. Policing is a 24-hour a day job but there are benefits. Shift work can offer flexibility to a personal schedule that regular hours may not.