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Become a Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officer

Join us as a Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officer!

In this position, you will protect provincial highways, while ensuring the safety for all drivers. Officers conduct enforcement by stopping commercial trucks and private vehicles to ensure they’re meeting the rules and regulations of the Traffic Safety Act.

Officers may also need to attend court, respond to public inquiries and attend education events focusing on the trucking industry, professional drivers and related commercial carriers.


1. Benefits

A career with Saskatchewan Highway Patrol is a challenging and rewarding experience.

Officers take pride in their responsibility to educate industry and enforce laws regarding commercial vehicle operation on the highways of Saskatchewan.

Increasing the safety of the travelling public and preventing damage caused by overweight vehicles are just two of the services that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol provides for the people of the province.


2. Duties

The primary duties of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol include:

  • Enforcing transportation legislation, policies and agreements for all motor vehicles.
  • Checking commercial vehicle operators for licensing, certification, and insurance.
  • Inspecting vehicles for safety, weights and dimensions, permits, and registrations.
  • Laying charges, appearing in court, conducting investigations, and preparing reports.
  • Educating drivers and companies about legal requirements.
  • Working shift work, including evenings and weekends.
  • Travel away from your headquarters to participate in enforcement events in other detachments is required.

Officers are also members of the Protection and Response Team and have arrest and detention powers.

Other duties include:

  • Responding to 911 calls;
  • Investigating impaired drivers;
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones;
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents; and
  • Taking action when offences are committed.

3. Eligibility

To be considered for a position, you must have experience or training in the areas of law enforcement and commercial vehicle mechanics or commercial transportation.

This could be obtained through completion of a law enforcement diploma, training and experience in commercial vehicle mechanics, extensive experience operating and maintaining commercial vehicles, or any combination of the three.

Knowledge of investigation and legal/court processes, procedures related to commercial vehicle transportation, and a Class 1 driver’s license are all considered assets.

If your qualifications advance you to the next stage of the application process, you will need to successfully complete a suitability assessment that consists of problem-solving and temperament questionnaires, a medical and a physical assessment, as well as the Police Officers' Physical Abilities Test (POPAT).

The final stage of the application process consists of an in-person interview, reference checks and a criminal record check. After you successfully complete this stage of the application process you may be selected to become a Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officer.


4. Assessments

Only candidates selected for further assessment will be invited to attend the following sessions. Candidates may be eliminated from the hiring process at any point in this process due to not qualifying.

  1. In-person, written Suitability Tests approximately 10 days after the closing date in Regina. At this session you must present:

    • A valid Driver’s Licence
    • Proof of a valid First Aid certificate, including Automated External Defibrillator (must be valid within 1 year of application)

  2. In-person fitness assessment in Regina approximately 2-3 weeks after the Suitability Tests. You will need to provide a minimum of five character references and a Drivers Licence Abstract.

    The assessments include:

    • Physical
    • Medical
    • Cybex (leg/back strength)
    • Treadmill (heart/blood pressure)
    • Peace Officers’ Physical Abilities Test (POPAT), a passing time of 4:15 or less is required
    • Occupational Health and Safety Flexibility/Job Demands testing

  3. In-person interview and pre-employment psychological assessment (MMPI) in Regina approximately 2-3 weeks after the fitness assessment.

  4. Character reference checks and field investigation (the required format will be provided at Stage 1)

  5. Criminal Record Check

  6. Offer of Employment

Candidates who receive an Offer of Employment, will be required to complete 26 weeks of mandatory training at the University of Regina (Luther College). The orientation/instruction will include, but not limited to — defensive tactics, commercial vehicle inspection, transportation of dangerous goods, firearms training, licensing, advanced driving techniques, criminal law, provincial statutes and regulations, and more.


5. Training

The program is an extensive course that provides you with job specific training and tools required to start your career with Saskatchewan Highway Patrol. During training, you will receive classroom and practical field training from experienced officers, as well as other experts.

Instructors will cover topics that include, but not limited to:

  • Licensing and Registration
  • Permits
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • High Risk Situations
  • Clearing a Room
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics
  • Defensive Tactics, including Firearms
  • Advanced Driving
  • Saskatchewan Commercial Vehicle Regulations
  • Verbal Judo
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection procedures and standards
  • Legal and Court Processes

The Recruit Training Program is operated at facilities at the University of Regina where recruits have access to on-campus facilities, including membership to the Fitness & Lifestyle Centre, and are provided with a fitness program by fitness trainers at the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre.


6. Apply

Applications are only accepted online at the Government of Saskatchewan Career Centre.

The next posting for Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officers will be March 2019.


7. Further Information


Saskatchewan Highway Patrol


For a full description of the salary and benefits, please visit Government of Saskatchewan Careers Centre – Salary and Benefits.

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