Police officers

Police officers

NOC
4311

- Police officers (except commissioned)

Protect the public, detect and prevent crime and perform other activities directed at maintaining law and order.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

142
 

Median Hourly Wage

$40.00
$25.00
Low
$50.00
High

Median Salary

$93,430
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

1,017
 

% Working Full Time

97%
 

% Working Full Year

81%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

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.

Also Known As

  • 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
Requirements

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

21.6%
Female
78.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

1.8%
15-24
23.3%
25-34
34.0%
35-44
32.3%
45-54
6.8%
55-64
1.8%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
15.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
4.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
49.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
30.2%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

100.0%
Public administration
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

18.30%
Northeast
26.60%
Southeast
19.80%
Southwest
24.80%
Central
10.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$88,282
Northeast
$96,148
Southeast
$96,221
Southwest
$95,076
Central
$90,268
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$40.00
$25.00
Low
$50.00
High

Southeast

$40.27
$12.75
Low
$48.75
High

Southwest

$40.00
$33.85
Low
$48.08
High

Central

$40.49
$33.20
Low
$51.92
High

Northwest

$40.00
$25.00
Low
$50.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$93,430

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$96,138

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$93,430

Newfoundland

$95,619

Prince Edward Island

$92,282

Nova Scotia

$97,700

Canada

$99,419
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

142
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

11
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

131
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

475
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

39
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

435