Police officer careers
Make a difference in every part of Canada and around the world – The RCMP is hiring!
The RCMP is seeking motivated team players who are strong communicators, enjoy working with diverse communities, are physically fit and possess strong leadership abilities. All applicants must reflect the core values of the RCMP. These include integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability.
The RCMP offers an exceptional career, letting you make a real difference in local communities and on the national and international stage. No other police force in Canada provides the levels of services and variety offered by the RCMP, as well as opportunities for continued learning and growth.
Who are we?
The RCMP consists of approximately 18,500 police officers who, along with civilian employees, make up Canada's national police service. We are unique in that we provide policing services at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels. We know that diversity in our workforce makes us stronger and we are committed to building a police service that reflects the communities we serve.
What do we do?
As a RCMP police officer, you will work to prevent and solve crime, enforce federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal law, build and maintain relationships with communities, and above all, keep Canadians safe.
With international, national, provincial/territorial, and municipal policing mandates, the RCMP offers over 150 different types of career opportunities to choose from. Here are just a few of the specializations we offer: General Duty Policing, Indigenous Community Policing; Forensic Identification, Drugs and Organized Crime Investigation, Financial Crime, Emergency Response Team, Integrated Border Enforcement Team, National Security, VIP Protective Service, Police Dog Services, Marine Services, International Peace Operations, Explosives Disposal and many more.
Some of the duties of a police officer:
Community awareness and relationship building
- Support crime prevention and intervention initiatives
- Build and develop relationships with communities
- Contribute to the health and safety of Indigenous communities
Ensure the safety and security of the public
- Respond to emergencies
- Provide assistance to victims
- Prevent and reduce youth involvement in crime as victims and offenders
Enforce the law
- Apprehend criminals
- Enforce highway and traffic laws
- Collect evidence at crime scenes
- Interview suspects and witnesses
- Investigate accidents and crime scenes
- Testify in court
Is this the right career for you?
RCMP police officers work shifts
Policing is a 24-hour-per-day necessity and you should expect to work shifts, including nights, evenings, weekends and holidays.
RCMP police officers are posted where they are needed most
Postings depend on operational needs, so you must be prepared to serve anywhere in Canada. With hundreds of detachments across the country, you will have the chance to experience life in many parts of Canada and work in different levels of policing – municipal, provincial and federal. The usual duration of a posting is three to five years.
RCMP police officers carry a firearm and sometimes use force in the interest of public safety
As a police officer, you will be expected to carry a firearm and use it or any other force necessary to restore order and safety.
RCMP police officers are often exposed to trauma, violence and disturbing events and need the skills to cope
You will act as helper and protector in difficult situations and need to maintain your mental and physical health. You will have access to programs that will teach you critical wellness skills and access to supports when needed.
RCMP police officers have opportunities to do specialized policing:
You may choose to continue in general duty policing, or you may have the desire and opportunity to train for and transfer to more specialized areas of policing.
- Forensic experts manage risk to reap rewards
- Officer inspires new Canadians to join
- More women applying to Emergency Response Teams
- RCMP recruiters work to attract talented people from diverse backgrounds
- Indigenous officer inspires young recruits
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- Joining the RCMP as a second career
- Greatest challenge in policing cybercrime
- Defusing critical incidents as a crisis negotiator
Want to read more? The Gazette magazine covers the latest topics in policing and highlights the exceptional work of RCMP officers.
Becoming a police officer starts with training.
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