Police Officers

(NOC 6261)


These comments apply to the career group Police Officers and Firefighters.

To begin with, the opportunities stem from the need to replace police officers who will be retiring. The number of retirees should be fairly high due to the fact that police officers usually retire at an earlier age than the average worker.

A police officer's career develops mostly within the occupation, from patroller or constable in a mid-sized municipality to a similar position in a larger police force, to detective or investigative work, for instance. Extensive experience in this occupation gives some police officers access to inspector, chief inspector or commissioned police officer positions (NOC 0641).

After retirement from the police force many retired police officers pursue careers in detective agencies or security services. Few positions will become available by police officers who change occupation. The turnover rate is quite low in this occupation. Better working conditions such as higher income than other occupations that require the same level of training, full-time and year-round work, opportunity for promotion, benefits and full pension explain this low turnover rate.

Since the safety concerns of an ageing population should be cancelled out by the continuing unsettled state of public finances, it is expected that the number of police officers will remain rather stable in the coming years.

Job Seekers: 42,033
Job Openings: 43,261

Job prospects for this career are rated Fair

Last Updated: May 20, 2012