Police Officers (except commissioned)

NOC 4311


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.


  • 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.

Other Titles

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

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Written & verbal communication
  • Physical Stamina
  • Problem Solving
  • Integrity
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Teamwork
  • Decision making
  • Responsibility

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college/university programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • 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 may be required for certain areas of policing.

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as police officers (except commissioned) are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$91,375 $89,329 $91,324 $89,189

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
9120 Provincial and territorial public administration 60 85
9130 Local, municipal and regional public administration 1040 2670

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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