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Police investigators

OaSIS code 41310.01

Police investigators and professionals in related investigative occupations follow leads and investigate circumstances relating to crimes committed and obtain information to prevent crimes. They plan and coordinate investigations, collect evidence, interview suspects, victims, witnesses and other stakeholders, conduct surveillance and testify in court.

Overview

Also known as

  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) investigator
  • Detective - police
  • Police investigator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Interviews persons in connection with criminal incidents, including victims, witnesses and suspects
  • Exchange information and coordinate activities with other law enforcements agencies
  • Prepare investigation reports and testify in courts concerning criminal investigations
  • Search and collect physical evidence from crimes scenes, such as fingerprints, and attend autopsies
  • Perform surveillance by using investigative technologies
  • Obtain search warrants, conduct searches and arrest suspects
  • May conduct investigation on online networks and computer systems to detect cyber crimes or to recover data.
  • May supervise and coordinate the work of police officers.

Additional information

  • For police investigators, progression to commissioned police officer positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services (40040)
  • Police officers (except commissioned) (42100)
  • Private detective (in 64410.04 Private investigators)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

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
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Federal government
  • Municipal governments
  • Provincial 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.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Inductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Night Vision
5 - Highest Level
Pattern Identification
5 - Highest Level
Pattern Organization Speed
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Problem Solving
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Evaluation
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Stress Tolerance
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important