By enforcing the law and investigating crime, police officers play an important role in ensuring the safety and security of those in the community they serve. Police officers are role models and leaders in their communities by providing advice and guidance to people from all walks of life. Recognizing and understanding diversity is an essential part of policing.
As an RCMP officer you will:
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You should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays as policing takes place 24 hours per day.
Whether you stay in general duty policing or pursue a specialization, there are many opportunities to ensure a career full of learning and challenge.
You will start your career doing general duty policing at the detachment level, but the career path you take after that is up to you. Many of our police officers choose to continue in general duty policing because of the interesting work and diverse challenges it offers.
This role provides you with an opportunity to experience a broad range of assignments such as:
As a police officer with the RCMP, you must be prepared to serve anywhere in Canada. As you gain valuable policing experience, different opportunities will become available to you.
Graduates do not normally get posted to their home province directly after training.
The RCMP will work with you to determine your next career steps. Each time you are considered for a transfer, your current personal situation will be reviewed.
The RCMP covers the cost for relocating you and your immediate family, however; the RCMP does not assist spouses with their career relocations.
What happens after I graduate?
After your graduation from Depot, you will be hired as a police officer of the RCMP. Your training 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 hired police officers are typically 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. Police officers 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 police officers of the RCMP can apply for positions in Forensic Investigation. A police officer 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 an RCMP officer, you may be posted anywhere in Canada. It is the RCMP’s responsibility to provide policing services 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 you will be expected to move. How many moves will vary from person to person. Some of our police officers may move many times while others may move only a couple of times. This depends upon such things as your position and promotional interests as well as available 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.