Originally Answered: How to become a Cop In Canada? And how much does a Cop in Canada Make per year?
There are numerous ways and it really all depends on where you want to work.
French is an excellent idea if you plan on working in New Brunswick, Quebec (obviously) or with the RCMP. It won't hurt anywhere else either.
Being physically fit is a good bonus. I would suggest Jujitsu, Judo or other martial arts that teach things like wrist locks, grappling, and other open hand techniques. Boxing is good but Police tend to try not to get into a fist fight. They teach you things at the academy anyway, so no need before you go, its just a bonus.
To be honest, the most useful courses I have taken were English and typing. You do alot of paperwork and these courses are a major asset. Any computer courses are also beneficial. You don't need anything specific, they will give you all the courses you need at the academy, but the courses I mentioned may help you personally
If you plan on University first, there is a Bachelor of Community Studies (BACS) program that Police like to see.
There are several ways to become an officer. Again, it depends on where you are and where you want to work. Many agencies do their own training such as Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Ontario Provinical Police, Toronto Metro, Halifax Regional and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to name a few. Some of these pay you while you attend, others may not. The training received here is only recognized by the department offering it, however, after working for 5 years, you can apply to other departments.
Then there is Police Academy. I know of on in BC, the Justice Institute I believe and in PEI, Holland College. You pay for the training, then get hired after graduation. Almost every department on the East Coast recognize their training (with the exception of Newfoundland) and some out West. I am not sure about the Justice Institute.
Then there is the RCMP. They do their own training at Depot and you can be posted anywhere in the country. You also have to do some time up North at some point in your career.
Again, pay depends on where you are. Most of the major departments make decent money. You can always make more in overtime.
Where I am it is a good paying job. Cost of living is lower here. RCMP are better off here. They make around $70,000 I believe. That's great here, but if you are posted in Vancouver, it doesn't go nearly as far.
Pros and cons, hmm, that one is kinda long. It can be a frustrating job dealing with the same people, same issues all the time. People hate you for what you do. People are rarely grateful. You deal with death alot.
Then again, I am not stuck behind a desk (although there is alot of time spent in front of a computer doing paperwork). I am always entertained, people are strange. You will never see it all. It can be exciting and you have opportunities to go places and see things most people never will.
Policing is not like it is on TV.
If you don't want to mention where you are on here, you can email me, I may be able to give you more specific information.
Absolutely, the Reserves would be very beneficial and it would look good on your resume. Volunteer work would help as well. It can be anything, as long as you are serving the community.
Some examples of pay:
Ontario Provincial Police pays 32,436.00 during training. Top salary (first class constable is 75,926.00. They have their complete pay scale on the website (below)
Toronto cadet training is 45,042.34, first class is 71.522.91.
Durham Police cadet training is 47,902, first class is 73,696
It usually takes a few years to reach first class, depends on the force.
Training for all of these departments is done at the Ontario Police College. It is a post hire institution, which means you apply directly to the force you want to work for and if they hire you, they send you to the college.