View occupational profile

Search the OaSIS

Police officers (except commissioned)

OaSIS code 42100.00

Police officers maintain order and enforce laws and regulations. They respond to emergency calls, patrol public areas, regulate traffic, control crowds, arrest offenders and build community relationships.


Also known as

  • Community relations officer - police
  • Constable
  • Crime prevention constable
  • Harbour police officer
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Police cadet
  • Police officer
  • Police sergeant
  • Railway police officer
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Respond to emergency calls and complaints, execute search warrants and arrest criminal suspects
  • Patrol assigned areas on foot, horseback, bicycle and motorized vehicles to maintain public safety and order and to enforce laws and regulations
  • Prepare reports to record incidents and patrol activities and to provide testimony in courts of law
  • Provide emergency assistance to victims of accidents, crimes and natural disasters
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and test persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • Control crowds at public events and protests and monitor suspicious and violent behaviour
  • Participate in crime prevention, public information, safety and community relations programs
  • Perform daily administrative tasks in support of law enforcement activities, such as maintaining equipment and information files
  • May assist police investigators in criminal investigations

Additional information

  • Progression to investigative positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services (40040)
  • Police investigators and other investigative occupations (41310)
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs (43200)
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers (43202)
  • Private detective (in 64410.04 Private investigators)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

42 – Front-line public protection services and paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community, education services

Sub-major group

421 – Occupations in front-line public protection services

Minor group

4210 – Occupations in front-line public protection services

Unit group

42100 – Police officers (except commissioned)

Occupational profile

42100.00 – Police officers (except commissioned)

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
5 - Highest Level
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
5 - Highest Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
4 - Every day, a few times per day


  • Municipal, provincial, regional and federal governments

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
5 - Highest Level
Explosive Strength
5 - Highest Level
Far Vision
5 - Highest Level
Night Vision
5 - Highest Level
Perceptual Speed
5 - Highest Level


Proficiency or complexity level
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Stress Tolerance
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important