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40040 – Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services

Commissioned police officers and related occupations in public protection services 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, deputy chief coroners, and deputy chief medical examiners 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
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) commissioner
  • Deputy chief coroner
  • Deputy chief medical examiner

Main duties

This group performs 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
  • Co-ordinate and monitor budget and departmental resources.

Employment requirements

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

Additional information

  • Depending on provincial and territorial legislation, deputy chief coroners and deputy chief medical examiners may act as or be appointed to the position of chief coroner and chief medical examiner in their absence.


  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers (43202)
  • Police investigators and other investigative occupations (41310)
  • Police officers (except commissioned) (42100)
  • Sheriffs and bailiffs (43200)
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