0431 Commissioned police officers

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Lead statement

Commissioned police officers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate police force administration and police activities such as maintaining law and order and detecting and preventing crime. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments. This unit group includes officers from the rank of staff sergeant to police commissioner. Commissioned officers in the railway police are also included in this unit group.

Example Titles

  • chief superintendent
  • deputy police chief
  • harbour police chief
  • police chief
  • police lieutenant
  • police superintendent
  • railway police chief
  • RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) commissioner
  • staff inspector

Main duties

  • Commissioned police officers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a police force or division of a police force
    • Develop and implement police force policies and procedures
    • Oversee police investigations and ensure that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations
    • Assess performance of subordinates and authorize promotions, transfers and disciplinary actions.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A university degree in the social sciences or in business administration may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a police officer are required.

Exclusions

  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. (44234423)
  • Police officers (except commissioned) (43114311)
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs (44214421)