Careers in Highlight: Police Officers

Introduction

Becoming a police officer was a dream since I was a kid.  However, as I grew older and older, my family and people I meet encouraged me to become a Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, Information Technology Officer, or something else. I fell for these suggestions and before, when someone asked me what I want to become, I’d say one of the above. But, now as I am 13 years old, I have returned to the mindset of becoming a Police Officer and hope not to change it.

 

Education

Becoming a police officer requires a lot of knowledge. According to the Toronto Police Services website, a main requirement is to have a high school diploma or something equivalent. Also from the Toronto Police college graduates on September 10th 2014, 91% of the graduates had completed a post-secondary education. 20% of the graduates have previous policing experiences, such as, a Nuclear Response Force Member. After becoming a constable for each promotion you need to take the course. For example, if you want to become a detective, you have to take all the detective courses. Same as for Sergeant and Staff Sergeant and so on. Becoming a police officer also requires a lot of knowledge and is definitely not an easy job.

 

Ranks

There are many ranks in the system of policing but is known differently in different parts of the world and agencies for example in The Toronto Police Services it is:

  1. Cadet-In-Training (In the academy training)
  2. Fourth Class Constable (Beginner on the Job right after the academy)
  3. Third Class Constable
  4. Second Class Constable
  5. First Class Constable/ Detective Constable (Highest level of constable [Detective: Investigator)
  6. Sergeant/ Detective Sergeant (supervisor)(Highest Detective)
  7. Staff Sergeant (Platoon Manager)
  8. Inspector (Divisional Unit 2IC)
  9. Staff Inspector/Superintendent (Div. Unit Commander)
  10. Staff Superintendent (Senior Superintendent)
  11. Deputy Chiefs of Police (Overlook and parts of the force and inform the chief)
  12. Chief of Police (incharge of the force)

 

Career Development

In the Toronto Police service there are 180 career opportunities and some examples to name a few are the ETF Emergency Task Force (SWAT[Special Weapons and Tactics]) , Canine/Mounted Units([Dog Services]{Horse Service}), Integrated Guns and Gangs Task Force, Marine Unit, and more. Each time you join a unit it is like you are a beginning all over again from the start, and nothing will be carried over, especially your salary.  However it’s always a good idea to go to a different units but you would have to be a rookie all over again.

“A Day in the Life”

There is never a typical day for a police officer nor has a routine other than the first 10 minutes of your shift. You never know what you are going to place your foot on or if you are going to come back home to your family. You only can hope to be safe. During the first ten minutes you would be in the parade/briefing room. Your Staff Sergeant will assign you on your role for the shift as well as you partner. If there is anything special for example a raid search/arrest warrants , your detective will brief you and your colleagues. If it is things like prison transport, or ride checks for seatbelts/drugs  or anything to that sort the Staff Sergeant will brief you in that case as well. After you will be on the road waiting for a call or looking out for speeders, illegal parking, red lights, or failing to stop at a stop sign, broken tail lights (especially when number  of arrests/tickets are low), and more. A call could be from a Traffic light failure to a domestic disturbance, a crash, and more. During a call it could be either be a crank call as an attack on a division or for fun.

 

Salary/Benefits

The Toronto Police Service Officers have a high salary and many benefits.  Some of which include:

  • Family Health Care Plan
  • Family Dental Plan
  • Vision/Hearing Care
  • Pay Direct Pharmaceutical Card
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation
  • On-site fitness facilities

Toronto Police Officers have a high salary starting from the high 50,000’s when they are a Cadet-in-training at $58,220 and as they get promoted their salary would also increase for example a First Class Constable would have a salary from the low 90,000’s at $92,433.

The Toronto Police has a very difficult/risky job and the city and the country tries it’s bests to treat it officers the best they can with the salary and benefits.

 

Risks & Challenges

Even though all Emergency authorities have different risks and challenge, the police have the most riskiest job because they are the first one to the call unknowing what you are getting into stepping on, hoping to not getting confronted by a gunmen or simply not having to take lethal action. Some challenges police offices have are post-traumatic stress disorder and feeling guilty for being late or thinking that there could have been another option. Another challenge is the shifts and timing you’ll never know how long you will be on the job or what shift you will receive. You could receive the morning shift noon or night. And shift could last on time which is 8 hours or could last for 12 hours. And that is a major challenge.

 

Career Prospects

There is a high populations police officers and getting a uniform is tough especially in Canada according to Job bank Canada there are only 4 posting in Canada. There are 2 in Alberta, 1 in BC and 1 SQ posting in Québec. Also according to the Job bank Canada a median of officers are 40 years of age and most emergency personals retire at approx. 57 years of age.  

Conclusion

Police Officers has many challenges and risks, salary and benefits and you are risking your own life to save others. A police officer requires education and dedication. There is a lot of job developments and promotions and you can just hope to come back to you family alive and hope to do the right thing and be professional up to the standard. Becoming a police officer was my dream job and still is and I hope to successfully pursue.

 

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  1. sick i never new you want to be a police officer. the first thought was that you want have a career in technology!

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