Jail Guards

The Jailer is responsible for all male and female prisoners in the Victoria Police Department jail. This includes the security of prisoners, and all prisoner needs during their detention in the jail. Specific duties include:

  • the booking process
  • preparing and entering arrest records for identifying prisoners in custody
  • searching prisoners for weapons, valuables, drugs or any other contraband and documenting
  • locking prisoners in cells
  • serving meals to prisoners
  • providing or obtaining medical aid for prisoners and other staff and visitors within Victoria Police Headquarters.

The Jailer must also assist in situations that may involve serious injury to or the death of a prisoner. The Jailer, during normal duties, may be exposed to bodily fluids and wastes and the associated risk of disease.

If you are interested in applying on advertised postings for a fulltime/auxiliary Jailer position within the Victoria Police department, jailer qualifications include high school diploma, basic computer skills, wearing a uniform, work 12 hour shifts, an ability to pass security clearance, polygraph examination, lifestyle/integrity evaluation and confidentiality agreement. Please be aware that moral integrity and clean lifestyle will be evaluated during the hiring process.


The VicPD Recruitment and Selection practices ensure we use and maintain a consistent recruitment and selection process. These practices comply with general employment legislation such as: Collective Agreements; Workers Compensation Act; Provincial Human Rights Code; and the Employment Standards Act.

To qualify as an applicant as a Jail Guard, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age 19 years
  • No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Valid Basic First Aid Certificate and CPR (Level C)
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Visual acuity must be no poorer than 20/40, 20/100 uncorrected and 20/20, 20/40 corrected. Applicants having corrective laser surgery must wait three months from time of surgery before applying
  • Hearing requirements: must be above 30 db HL to the 500 to 3000 HZ in both ears, and 50 dB HL in the worst ear at the 3000 + HZ notch
  • Grade 12 High School equivalency (GED)
  • Basic Computer skills and keyboarding ability required
  • Demonstrated fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Meet the medical requirements of the Victoria Police Department
  • Maturity derived from varied life experience
  • Demonstrated responsibility, initiative, creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to people whose culture, lifestyle or ethnicity is different than your own
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to successfully undergo reference checks
  • Ability to pass security checks which include polygraph

Assets (but not pre-requisites)

  • Previous experience as a jail guard or peace officer
  • Fluency in Second Language
  • Basic Security Course (BST-Level 1 & 2)
  • First Aid Training OFA level 2

Wages & Benefits

  • Municipal Pension Plan (fulltime only)
  • Physical Training Facilities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Dental and Vision Care Plan (fulltime only)
  • Uniforms and Cleaning Service
  • Group Life Insurance / Basic and Extended Health Plan (including same-sex benefits) (fulltime only)
  • Maternity and Parental Leave

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