Sworn Members2022-06-22T17:34:12+00:00

Honour Through Service

As a member of the Victoria Police Department, you will join a team of committed and caring professionals. You will work in an organization driven by collaboration, excellence, and innovation. You will be supported as you grow and learn, and you will discover the rewards to be found in a profession that is unlike any other. Every day, you will be challenged to find the best in yourself as you keep people safe and serve our vibrant and growing communities.

Benefits & Wages

The Victoria Police Department offers a very competitive salary structure and comprehensive benefits.

Competitive Salary

Starting Salary
Probationary Constable
$73,352

Salary Increases

Regular salary increases
in each of the first 5 years

Benefits

Include basic and
extended health,
dental and vision care

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Are you an Experienced Officer?

We’d like to speak with you!

Email [email protected] and set up a confidential telephone information session with a Recruiter.

As a member of the Victoria Police Department you will experience the challenges and rewards of big-city policing in a vibrant smaller city.

A year-round tourist destination for millions of visitors, Victoria offers average temperatures between 4C and 24C. Rather than dealing with cold and snow in the winter, or heat and humidity in the summer, you will be working in a city where mild ocean breezes keep the air clean, yet excellent skiing is a few hours away at Mount Washington. Victoria is a bike-friendly, walkable, fitness-oriented community where outdoor recreation of all kinds is close by.

FAQs

General

If I have used drugs in the past, will this prevent me from being able to apply?2022-02-24T23:04:09+00:00

Each candidate's experimentation with drugs (or any criminal activity) is evaluated in its entirety on an individual basis. We have a thorough application process that is designed to evaluate the life experience of each candidate. When candidates disclose past illegal activity, our recruiting staff discuss the incident with the candidate and assess their ability to carry out the duties of a police officer. Complete disclosure throughout our process is crucial to being successful. Generally, we expect candidates to be a minimum of two years clear of any drug use prior to their application being accepted.

Does the police department pay for my tuition for the JICB training?2022-06-14T20:36:46+00:00

No, but the Victoria Police Department does offer a payment plan to assist new recruits. The department is willing to pay the recruit's tuition fee up front and then collect it back through a payroll deduction over a 3 year period. Keep in mind that recruits do not have to participate and are free to deal with their own bank and set-up a payment plan of their choice.

A 2 year post secondary education is preferred. What type of curriculum should I look for?2022-02-24T23:02:26+00:00

The actual content of the courses is not as important as the experience of attending a post-secondary institution. Although many people choose to take courses in the social sciences this is not a requirement.

If I meet your minimum standards, is that enough?2022-02-24T23:00:46+00:00

Many of the candidates who apply to the Victoria Police Department exceed the basic requirements. The selection process is a competitive one and additional education, work or volunteer experiences beyond the minimum standards may assist you.

Is there an age limit?2022-02-24T22:59:05+00:00

No. Each candidate is evaluated individually based on their ability to meet the requirements of being a police officer.

How long will it take to reach first class Constable.2022-02-24T22:58:21+00:00

You will reach first class Constable status at the beginning of your 5th year in policing.

Will I work alone or with a partner?2022-02-24T22:31:29+00:00

There are opportunities to work alone and with a partner.

How long do I have to wait before applying for promotion?2022-02-24T22:30:59+00:00

At present, all police members must have at least 9 years experience with a recognized Canadian Police service, and 4 years with the Victoria Police Department before being eligible for promotion.

Can I apply directly to one of the specialty sections of the police department?2022-02-17T19:55:22+00:00

No. All recruit and experienced police officer applicants start in the Patrol Division and are required to spend a minimum of two years (experienced applicants) in that function before applying to other positions within the department.

Does the Victoria Police Department have many opportunities outside of the Patrol function?2022-02-17T19:54:06+00:00

yes, there are many areas that police officers can move to within the department, including the Bike and Beat Section, Traffic Section, K-9, Community Resource Officer in Victoria or Esquimalt, Professional Standards, and the Investigation and Support Unit. In the Detective Division there are positions in the Major Crime Unit, Special Victims Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Computer Forensics, the Forensic Identification Section and Strikeforce. There are also opportunities to be seconded outside the police department to work with other agencies.

Experienced Officers

Can I apply for a specific type of work in your Police Department?2022-02-24T23:06:28+00:00

All experienced members start in Patrol and are expected to complete two years in that function before applying to other sections within the Police Department.

How long do I have to wait before applying for promotion?2022-02-24T23:05:50+00:00

At present, all police members must have at least 9 years experience with a recognized Canadian Police service, and 4 years with VicPD before being eligible for promotion.

Will my pension transfer over?2022-02-24T23:05:11+00:00

Some pension plans are compatible with our pension plan. In order to ascertain if your pension plan will transfer over please use the link provided on this web site to the BC Superannuation Plan under the Experienced Officer Process.

Does my seniority carry over to your department?2022-02-24T23:04:45+00:00

No. However, if you are a currently serving member of a Canadian Police Department, you may be eligible to receive recognition for past years of service for annual leave allotment and level of pay with the Victoria Police Department.

Will the Victoria Police Department pay for my relocating expenses?2022-02-24T23:01:34+00:00

You are responsible for paying the costs of your relocation to Victoria. However, the moving costs associated with your move to your new job may be tax deductible.

If I am the subject of a current internal investigation can I still apply?2022-02-17T20:04:25+00:00

No. We will not process your application until you have resolved all internal investigations you are currently involved in.

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