National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.1


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4311 - Police officers (except commissioned)

Police officers protect the public, detect and prevent crime and perform other activities directed at maintaining law and order. They are employed by municipal and federal governments and some provincial and regional governments.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • community relations officer - police
    • constable
    • crime prevention constable
    • detective - police
    • harbour police officer
    • highway patrol officer
    • police cadet
    • police officer
    • police sergeant
    • railway police officer
    • RCMP officer

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • crime scene technician - police
    • police diver
  • Exclusion(s)

    • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. (See 4423 By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c.)
    • Commissioned police officers (See 0431 Commissioned police officers)
    • Private detectives (See 6541 Security guards and related security service occupations)
    • Sheriffs and bailiffs (See 4421 Sheriffs and bailiffs)
  • Main 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, execute search warrants, secure evidence, interview witnesses, compile notes and reports and provide testimony in courts of law
    • Apprehend and 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 co-ordinate the work of other police officers.
  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of secondary school is required.
    • Completion of a college program or university degree in law and security or in the social sciences is usually required.
    • A three- to six-month police training program is required.
    • Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met, and psychological or other tests are also required.
    • Experience as a constable and the completion of specialized courses are required for detectives and sergeants.
    • Specialized training or certification is required for certain areas of policing.
  • Additional information

    • Progression to commissioned police officer positions is possible with additional training and experience.
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