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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 safety for all drivers. Officers do this by stopping vehicles to ensure they're meeting the rules and regulations of The Traffic Safety Act.

Officers may also need to:

  • Attend court.
  • Respond to questions from the public.
  • Attend education events about the trucking industry, professional drivers and commercial carriers.
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1. Benefits

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

Officers take pride in educating industry and enforcing laws regarding vehicles on the province's highways.

Increasing the public's safety and preventing damage caused by overweight vehicles are just two of the services that Saskatchewan Highway Patrol provides.

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2. 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 your headquarters to participate in training, re-certification or enforcement events in other detachments is required up to 25%.

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.
  • Taking action when offences are committed.
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3. 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;
  • Training and experience in 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).

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.

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4. 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 within one year of application

  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.

    The fitness assessments include:

    • Physical
    • Medical
    • Cybex (leg/back strength)
    • Treadmill (heart/blood pressure)
    • Police 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 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 successfully complete 26 weeks of mandatory training at the University of Regina (Luther College). They will also need to successfully complete a six-month recruit field training program. 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.

Failure to successfully complete all aspects of the entire one-year recruit training program may result in employee termination.

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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 and other experts.

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

  • Licensing and registration
  • Permits
  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • High-risk situations (i.e.: crimes in progress, active shooter, clearing a room, etc.)
  • Pressure point control tactics
  • Defensive tactics, including firearms
  • Advanced driving
  • The Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Act and Regulations
  • Verbal judo
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection procedures and standards
  • Criminal law, 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. This includes paid membership to the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre, and fitness program by fitness trainers at the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre.

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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 2020.

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7. Further Information

Contact:

Saskatchewan Highway Patrol

1-866-933-5290

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

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