Police officers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Patrol assigned areas to maintain public safety and order and to enforce laws and regulations
B. Investigate crimes and accidents, secure evidence, interview witnesses, compile notes and reports and provide testimony in courts of law
C. Arrest criminal suspects
D. Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
E. Participate in crime prevention, public information and safety programs
F. May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other police officers.
1. To be a police officer, you must have a high school diploma, and may be required to complete a college diploma or university degree in law/security or in social sciences. You must also complete a three- to six-month training program.
2. You must meet physical strength, agility, fitness, and vision requirements as well as some psychological or other tests.
3. To be a detective or sergeant, you need experience as a constable and to have completed specialized courses.
4. With additional training/experience, you may move up the ranks to become a commissioned police officer.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.
2. Physical Education
4. Social Studies
The average hourly wages for Police Officers (Except Commissioned) is $25.50/HR, which is above average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.