A career in law enforcement and security is reserved for individuals wishing to get involved in their community and ensuring that it is prosperous and safe.
The field of law enforcement and security includes all professions that aim to prevent, assist, supervise, protect and provide security to the public, and its property and institutions.
At first glance, it would be easy to believe that law enforcement and security is the realm of police officers alone. They are recognized for ensuring public safety and crime prevention. Most police officers rise in the ranks within the same profession. For example, a patrol officer in a municipality can obtain a similar position in a larger police force, and then go on to hold the position of detective or investigator. Long-term experience in the profession will enable a certain number of police officers to be promoted to inspector or senior police officer. As a general rule, in order to become a police officer, candidates must obtain a college degree in police foundations, apply for admission at the École nationale de police du Québec and then successfully complete the school’s basic police training program.
It should be pointed out that the trades linked to law enforcement and security are wide-ranging: safety officer, security clerk, doorman or gatekeeper, safety patrol officer, supervisor, correctional services officer, prison guard, etc. These occupations can be practiced anywhere where security is required, notably at companies or public and private organizations.
Most of these professions require training and/or several years of experience. There are numerous vocational and college programs linked to the field of security that are regarded as a true asset. Some professions also require that candidates pass a number of examinations and obtain a licence in order to perform security activities. It goes without saying that the criminal history and good conduct of all candidates are also checked.