Police Work and Related Fields


Bryan Watson
Block F
December 1 1995


CO-OP Christmas exam

1. The working conditions of a police officer can vary from easy to
stressful situations where the officers life and the lives of others are
threatened. The officer must deal with these situations in the way they feel is
best but sometimes the officer cannot deal with this situation on their own and
they have to call in backup witch can help them deal with the situation.


CHANGING IN THE WORK PLACE


In these times of change many work places are finding it necessary to change
the ways in which they do business. The RCMP for example are moving into a more
community based policing. This makes the police more accessible to the community.
In this new system the RCMP try to solve the problem if they are repeatedly
called to the same home for domestic disputes they will stay for how ever long
it takes to find the route of the problem, where as if they were to encounter
the same situation their policy was to arrive in two minutes and stay for 20
minutes. This new program is the starting stages and already it has had great
reviews and great public support, as it brings the police closer to the
community. Another part of this community based policing is that there are crime
prevention comities that are run by various community groups that have monthly
meetings with the police. A police officer starts their career with on the job
training and then they move on to become a constable where they must be able to
relocate to any part of the country where they are positioned. In order for an
officer to advance tier career they may have to switch divisions where their
careers may excel. The work values for a police officer is to uphold the law,
patrol assigned areas and maintain public safety. They also participate in
public information groups and safety programs.

2. The nature of the work is always changing as crimes are becoming more and
more sophisticated, as well as there is no set times that any crimes will happen
so their jobs are always different. The job of a police officer is always
different as they could be talking to various groups on any number of topics.
They could also be testifying in court in relation to an investigation they
participated in. Officers may also take calls on situations in which they can
provide counselling to the caller until help arrives or provide necessary
numbers of shelters and food banks.

3. The outlook in this field is good although an officer could go through the
six month training program at the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TRAINING
facilities in Regina Saskatchewan, but when an officer is finished they are not
necessarily guaranteed a job as the RCMP as the officers are selected as to
their qualities and what degrees that you may have from universities or colleges.
This training that you receive may be useful in finding a career in a city or
provincial police department.

GROWTH IN THIS FIELD

The projected growth in the field of law enforcement from the years 1995-
2000 is 0.65% and the projected growth rate for commissioned police officers is
0.72% from the years 1995-2000. This doesn\'t necessarily mean that there will be
more demand for commissioned police officers as the public is more and more
dissatisfied with the RCMP and other police organizations. This information was
provided from the Canadian Occupational projection system (COPS). Commissioned
police officers work for the municipal, provincial and Federal agencies.

4. The starting salary for a police officer in at entry level is around $30,000
and the average yearly wage of a regular officer is around $49,000 and those at
the top of the field can earn up to $64,000 per year. Commissioned officers earn
at entry level $50,000 and the average commissioned officer earns $66,000 while
those at the top of the field earn up to $80,000.

5. Qualifications and or skills that would help a person to become a police
officer are sense of responsibility, successful completion of CPR courses and
survival swimming courses. You must also have a high school diploma and if you
have any post secondary education it would certainly be an asset if it is a
degree in social sciences such as sociology and or criminology. At the time of
entry into the RCMP training facility you must also have a valid drivers license
and before you are allowed to drive a patrol car(once you have been posted)