Jobs: The RCMP is hiring boom right now for entrants to the Police Academy, which prepares cadets for a policing career.
The RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan, offers an extensive 26-week basic training course in both official languages. “The number of training entrance periods will be increased from 32 in 2016 to 39 in 2017,” says Constable Chris Snow. “Next year, we are looking at 49 training troop entrances.”
There are over 150 different types of jobs within the RCMP, such as forensics, dog handling, musical ride, drug investigation, and school resources. New officers hired as Constables earn $50,674. After 36 months, the salary rises to $82,108.
“This is a public service job. It is about empathy and kindness, and about having an open mind and heart and being there for the people involved.
“It is important to already be involved in your community before applying. If you come in with this background, we train you for the rest. I have had amazing training over the years, and I have been able to work in a variety of challenging jobs.”
The first step to explore this career is to attend an information session, which is held each month. Periodically, a workshop is held to help prepare people for the RCMP entrance exam. Test information is posted on the website.
New this year: if you indicate on your online application that you have a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution, you will not be required to write the entrance exam and will move on to the next step in the process.
For a list of scheduled information sessions, visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/careers.