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Career Overview

Policing is a demanding and challenging job. Police officers perform service based on preserving the peace, protection of life and property, preventing crime, apprehending offenders, and enforcing the laws.

As you can imagine, these responsibilities mean that every day is different. Police may spend much of their time patrolling to prevent crime before it occurs. They may also be busy attending scenes of major crimes, responding to hold up alarms, arresting criminals, consoling victims of traumatic events, operating police vehicles in emergency situations, keeping order at major events, enforcing traffic laws, giving evidence in court, and more.

In Canada, there are police departments at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. In B.C., there are 12 municipal police departments including the regional Transit Police, one First Nations police service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) “E” Division providing municipal, provincial and federal policing services to communities across BC.

Law enforcement in Canada also includes careers in a wide range of other agencies and departments at the provincial, national and international levels. This includes careers as border service agents, intelligence officers, cybersecurity analysts, and other public safety careers.

Career Prospects

There are more than 10,000 police officers serving throughout BC and police departments are actively recruiting to replace the significant number of officers who will be retiring over the next decade.

More than 70% of the career opportunities for new officers will be due to the retirement of current staff. The remaining job opportunities will come from growth in the police service in B.C. due to increased police services due to population growth in the province. For career outlook information for police officers, visit the WorkBC Explore Careers page.

All job applications to police departments are made to each individual agency, whether a municipal police department or the RCMP.

Personal Qualifications

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age when you apply
  • Be someone of excellent character with a clean criminal record
  • Physically fit and in excellent health
  • Meet minimum visual acuity and hearing requirements
  • A team player with good interpersonal and communication skills

Minimum Requirements

  • A valid Class 5 BC driver’s license
  • Certified in First Responder or standard first aid and CPR
  • High school graduate with at least one year of post-secondary education
  • A minimum level of post-secondary education in any field
  • Successfully meet Peace Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) requirements
Preferred Qualifications
  • Related work experience or volunteer/community service
  • Knowledge of a second language or culture
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field of study

Each police department has its own list of personal qualifications and minimum requirements.


Explore programs in this area of study

Law Enforcement Studies (PBDLES)
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
Investigation & Enforcement Skills
Associate Certificate
Law Enforcement Studies (LESD)
Law Enforcement Studies (BLES)
Bachelor's Degree
JIBC graduate Mansoor Sahak was hired as an RCMP officer, a role he hopes will help him to give back to Canada for taking in his family as refugees.


Mansoor Sahak hasn’t wasted any time in pursuing his goal of giving back to Canada as a police officer.

Two years after graduating with a Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), he was hired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in early 2017. 

Ramandeep Randhawa says his JIBC Law Enforcement Studies instructors went “above and beyond” in helping him achieve his career goals. (Story and photo by Wanda Chow)


Like many kids, Ramandeep Randhawa grew up wanting to be a police officer. For much of his life, though, he was also overweight.

That has changed for the better, he says, with much thanks to his instructors at the JIBC.