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Become a Traffic Officer with the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol

Ready to join the front line and keep citizens safe?

Sask Highway Patrol - various tasks

Join us as a Traffic Officer with the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol and take pride in protecting provincial highways.

Here's what's in it for you:

  • A challenging, dynamic and rewarding position
  • Be part of a unique, diverse and professional team
  • Province-wide career growth
  • Pension, benefits and job security
  • Training opportunities
  • Chance to increase public awareness and safety

1. Duties

The primary duties of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol include, but are not limited to:

  • Enforcing transportation legislation, policies and agreements for all motor vehicles.
  • Checking all vehicle operators for licensing, certification and insurance.
  • Inspecting commercial 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 home detachment to participate in training, re-certification or 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 or backing-up other law enforcement agencies on 911 calls.
  • Investigating impaired drivers, thefts, crimes in progress and more.
  • Enforcing speed limits and other traffic violations – inside and outside of work zones.
  • Responding to motor vehicle accidents and erratic driving complaints.
  • Taking action when federal and provincial offences are committed.

2. Eligibility

For this position, experience, education and/or training in the areas of law enforcement, commercial vehicle mechanics and commercial transportation are assets.

This could be obtained through:

  • Completion of a law enforcement diploma, degree, certification or Police Foundations Training;
  • Training and experience in private and commercial vehicle mechanics;
  • Extensive experience operating and maintaining commercial vehicles; or
  • Any combination of the above.

Knowledge of investigation and legal/court processes and procedures are 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
  • Police Officers' Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)
  • OH&S Job Demands Testing

The final stage of the application process consists of an in-person interview, psychological testing, 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.


3. Assessments

Only candidates selected for further assessment will be invited to attend the following sessions. Candidates may be eliminated at any point in this process.

  1. In-person, written Suitability Tests approximately three weeks after the closing date in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Lethbridge, Alberta. At this session you must present:
    • A valid Canadian Driver's Licence – any province, any class
    • Proof of a valid First Aid certificate, including Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – must be valid to August 2021 or beyond

    Saskatchewan Highway Patrol fitness testing various exercises

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

    • Physical/Biomedical
    • Medical
    • Police Officers' Physical Abilities Test (POPAT); a passing time of 4:15 or less is required
    • Occupational Health and Safety Flexibility/Job Demands testing

    Saskatchewan Highway Patrol fitness testing various exercises

  4. In-person interview and pre-employment psychological assessment (MMPI) in Regina after the fitness assessment
  5. Character reference checks and field investigation (the required format will be provided at Stage 1)
  6. Criminal Record Check
  7. Offer of Employment

Candidates who receive an Offer of Employment, will be required to successfully complete:

  • 20 weeks of training at the Saskatchewan Police College.
  • 10 weeks of commercial vehicle enforcement training at The University of Regina.
  • Six-month recruit field training program.

The orientation/instruction will include, but not limited to:

  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearm training
  • Criminal Law
  • Commercial vehicle inspection
  • Licensing
  • Provincial statutes
  • Transportation of dangerous good
  • Advanced driving techniques
  • Regulations

Failure to successfully complete all aspects of the entire recruit and field training program may result in employee termination.


4. Training

This 30-week, two-part 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 and other experts from the Saskatchewan Police College and Saskatchewan Highway Patrol.

Part one, instructed by the Police College will cover topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to policing and investigations
  • Crisis intervention and de-escalation
  • High-risk investigations and tactical responses
  • High-risk situations (i.e.: crimes in progress, active shooter, clearing a room, etc.)
  • Pressure point control tactics
  • Defensive tactics, including firearms
  • Advanced driving
  • Verbal judo

Part two, instructed by the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol, will cover topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Licensing and registration
  • Permits
  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • The Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Act and Regulations
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection procedures and standards
  • Criminal law, legal and court processes

The 30-week Recruit Training Program is operated at facilities at the University of Regina where recruits have access to on-campus facilities. This includes paid membership to the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre and fitness program by trainers at the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre.

Preparing for Police College

Visit the Police College webpage for information.


5. Apply

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

The next posting for Saskatchewan Highway Patrol Officers is anticipated to be in September 2020. Due to unforeseen circumstances with COVID-19, this date could change at any time.

For more information on the assessment process of applicants, review:

Traffic Officer - Job Assessment Process Guide


6. 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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