Police Work and Related Fields

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Police Work and Related Fields

Bryan Watson Block F
December 1 1995

CO-OP Christmas exam

1. The working conditions of a police officer can vary from easy to stressful situations where the officers life and the lives of others are threatened. The officer must deal with these situations in the way they feel is best but sometimes the officer cannot deal with this situation on their own and they have to call in backup witch can help them deal with the situation.

CHANGING IN THE WORK PLACE

In these times of change many work places are finding it necessary to change the ways in which they do business. The RCMP for example are moving into a more community based policing. This makes the police more accessible to the community. In this new system the RCMP try to solve the problem if they are repeatedly called to the same home for domestic disputes they will stay for how ever long it takes to find the route of the problem, where as if they were to encounter the same situation their policy was to arrive in two minutes and stay for 20 minutes. This new program is the starting stages and already it has had great reviews and great public support, as it brings the police closer to the community. Another part of this community based policing is that there are crime prevention comities that are run by various community groups that have monthly meetings with the police. A police officer starts their career with on the job training and then they move on to become a constable where they must be able to relocate to any part of the country where they are positioned. In order for an officer to advance tier career they may have to switch divisions where their careers may excel. The work values for a police officer is to uphold the law, patrol assigned areas and maintain public safety. They also participate in public information groups and safety programs.

2. The nature of the work is always changing as crimes are becoming more and more sophisticated, as well as there is no set times that any crimes will happen so their jobs are always different. The job of a police officer is always different as they could be talking to various groups on any number of topics. They could also be testifying in court in relation to an investigation they participated in. Officers may also take calls on situations in which they can provide counselling to the caller until help arrives or provide necessary numbers of shelters and food banks.

3. The outlook in this field is good although an officer could go through the six month training program at the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TRAINING facilities in Regina Saskatchewan, but when an officer is finished they are not necessarily guaranteed a job as the RCMP as the officers are selected as to their qualities and what degrees that you may have from universities or colleges. This training that you receive may be useful in finding a career in a city or provincial police department.

GROWTH IN THIS FIELD

The projected growth in the field of law enforcement from the years 1995- 2000 is 0.65% and the projected growth rate for commissioned police officers is 0.72% from the years 1995-2000. This doesn't necessarily mean that there will be more demand for commissioned police officers as the public is more and more dissatisfied with the RCMP and other police organizations. This information was provided from the Canadian Occupational projection system (COPS). Commissioned police officers work for the municipal, provincial and Federal agencies.

4. The starting salary for a police officer in at entry level is around $30,000 and the average yearly wage of a regular officer is around $49,000 and those at the top of the field can earn up to $64,000 per year. Commissioned officers earn...
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