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Becoming a Police Officer

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Erika Weisenberg

on 17 April 2014

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Job Description and Responsibilities
Pension and Benefits
Most positions as a police officer includes both benefits and a pension plan. Once again, it varies with organization.

for example, the Toronto Police Service:

Family Health Care Plan,
Family Dental Plan,
Vision/Hearing Care,
Pay Direct Pharmaceutical Card,
Life Insurance,
Paid Vacation,
On-site fitness facilities,
Access to the Employee Credit Union,
Pension Plan (OMERS),
Education Reimbursement (up to 50% tuition reimbursement for job related courses),
Employee and Family Assistance Program,
Parental/Maternity Leave.

- Police officers are given a personal vehicle and sometimes gas is paid for.
- Police officers are given great benefits.
-Every work day is different, it's never boring.
-Police officers fulfill an important role in society.
-A degree is not needed.
- Protect your community.
- Sometimes able to break laws on duty.
Requirements (Skills and Personality Traits)
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Must be 18 years of age
- High School Diploma
- Clean criminal background check
- Be a fully licensed driver no more than 6 demerit points
- Have first aid/CPR certification
- Be physically able to perform duties
- Meet visual standards
- Cannot be a Private Investigator (PI)
Works Cited
"Benefits and Pay." Ontario Provincial Police. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=98>.
"Discover Policing." Police officer skills and abilities -. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://discoverpolicing.org/what_does_take/?fa=skills_abilities>.
"How Do I?." Ontario Provincial Police. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=191#Contact>.
"Job Description & Requirements." Job Description & Requirements. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.haltonpolice.ca/JOINUS/BEANAUXILIARYOFFICER/Pages/JobDescription.aspx>.
"Police Career Opportunities." mypolice.ca career opportunities recruiting FAQ's. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.mypolice.ca/career_opportunities/recruitingFAQs.html>.
"Police Officer Career Guide - Public Sector Jobs." Police Officer Career Guide - Public Sector Jobs. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.myjobsearch.com/careers/police-officer.html>.
"Pros and Cons of Becoming a Police Officer." Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://voices.yahoo.com/pros-cons-becoming-police-officer-9149537.html>.
"Salary and Benefits." Government of Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Human Resources, National Recruiting Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/recruiting-recrutement/rm-mr/salary-avantages-eng.htm>.
"Salary, Benefits, Career Development." Toronto Police Service. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers/uni_benefits.php>.
"What are the best police officer qualifications and training to get ahead?." - Police Officer Jobs. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. <http://www.indeed.com/forum/job/police-officer/best-police-officer-qualifications-training-get-ahead/t12374>.

Becoming a Police Officer
by Erika, Grant, Joey and Logan
Working as a police officer includes many things other than just enforcing the law. These responsibilities include:

- Patrolling areas deemed high risk and maintain visible police presence
- Responding to routine calls and emergency calls and administer first aid if needed

Police officers also need to be familiar with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal Code of Canada
The salary range for police officers depends on the length of service, the individual organization (town vs OPP vs RCMP).

The Toronto Police Service lists the following as their pay scale:

Cadet in Training $57,777
4th Class Constable $63,436
3rd Class Constable $72,498
2nd Class Constable $81,560
1st Class Constable $90,623

The RCMP lists the following as their pay scale:

Entry: $50,674
6 months service: $65,840
12 months service: $71,435
24 months service: $77,032
36 months service: $82,108

The OPP lists the following as their pay scale:

Recruit Constable (5th Class): $49, 751
Probationary Constable (4th): $ 63,434.00
Constable (3rd Class): $ 72,501.00
Constable (2nd Class): $ 80,658.00
Constable (1st Class): $ 90,621.00
Salary Range
Required Education
The only required education is a high school diploma, but a Police Foundations Diploma from a college is recommended. The cost is around $8,000 a year.

Recommended high school courses include law and psychology.
Potential employers include the OPP, local town police forces, the military (military police) and the RCMP.
Volunteer Experience
Volunteer experience that might be useful in pursuing a career as a police officer. However, you are not required to have volunteer experience, however, having volunteer experience may help in getting recruited.

- Volunteering as a youth Police Cadet will give a valuable insight into the daily working of a Police officer and may also help when it comes to applying for the job.
- Volunteer work completed with a police station or community policing
- Volunteer work completed with CSC (Correctional Services Canada), and any other experience working in halfway houses, parole etc
- Ability to use good judgment and to problem solve
- Capacity for empathy and compassion
- Capacity for multi-tasking
- Ability to demonstrate courage and to take responsibility
- Ability to be resourceful and show initiative
- Demonstrating assertiveness
- Possess and demonstrate integrity
- Capacity for engaging in teamwork and ability to collaborate
- Police officers have unusual work schedules
- Often placed in stressful situations.
- Every work day is different, no set routines.
- Face psychological stress
- In extreme circumstances, may give your life.
- Sometimes are strongly disliked by the public.
- Constantly under public eye.
For More Information
For more information on how to become a police officer, you can call or visit your local police station or check out one of the following resources:

OPP Communications Centre
1-888-310-1133 (TTY)
- OPP Official Website
Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision
Are you willing to work unusual hours?
Are you comfortable with being under public scrutiny?
Can you handle psychological stress and emotionally traumatic situations?
Are you committed to being a good citizen?
Are you willing to potentially lay down your life for your community?
Are you comfortable with handling weapons?
Are you able to work as a member of a team?
Are you willing to put the lives of others before that of your own?
Are you willing to take the time to learn about and be considerate to cultures other than your own?
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