Police Officers and Firefighters

Police officers are primarily responsible for maintaining public safety and order by enforcing laws and regulations while on foot, bike and vehicle patrols and by promoting crime prevention, public information and other safety programs. Firefighters contain and extinguish fires using a variety of equipment in a wide range of urban and rural settings. In communities, fire crews respond to fire alarms in homes and other buildings, industrial and vehicle accidents and bomb threats and other emergency situations, like hazardous materials spills.


  • High school diploma.
  • For police officers, a college diploma or university degree program in law, security or social sciences may be required.
  • For firefighters, a college program in fire protection technology is an asset.
  • A police training program is required and provided after recruitment. The length of the program may vary from force to force.
  • A three to six-month training program may be required.
  • Minimum standards in physical strength, agility, fitness and vision, as well as physiological and/or other tests must be met.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have little change in employment levels in the future.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 10.4% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 56.7% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 10.0% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 33.3% live in other communities. About 100.0% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 0.0% in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector.