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Positions

The SPVM offers you the opportunity to make use of your skills within an organization that includes over 150 exciting career positions.

Here is a partial list of the police functions carried out by the Service. For each position you will find a description, a summary of activities, information about the place of work, and a list of eligibility conditions.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE OFFICER

Neighbourhood police officers are the front-line responders for keeping the peace. They promote the quality of life within the city of Montréal and take direct action to maintain the peace of mind of Montrealers.

Neighbourhood police officers solve problems by focusing on root causes. Their goal is to implement lasting solutions to problems in collaboration with the residents, institutions and community groups in each neighbourhood.

These officers are each responsible for a specific sector. This approach is specific to the neighbourhood police model, and it allows each officer to develop a feeling of belonging to the neighbourhood and to establish close contact with the residents.

In short, the 2,000 neighbourhood police officers are the cornerstone of the entire SPVM.

Activities

  • Patrol specific geographic sectors in police cars, on foot or on bike
  • Answer emergency calls from citizens
  • Direct traffic when there are accidents or other events
  • Work toward solutions for crime and safety problems in the neighbourhood

Place of work

Neighbourhood police officers work in one of the 33 Postes de quartier (neighbourhood police stations). For more information about the PDQ, please go to the Neighbourhood Police module.

Apply

If you want to apply to become a neighbourhood police officer, please refer to the Selection process section.

INTERVENTION OFFICER

Intervention officers work with the support of the neighbourhood police officers to keep the peace. They intervene directly to maintain the citizens' sense of security.

The SPVM has 214 intervention officers.

Activities

  • Patrol specific geographic areas in police cars
  • Respond to requests for backup from the neighbourhood police stations
  • Control demonstrations and crowds at special events

Place of work

Intervention officers work out of one of the 4 Centres opérationnels (région Nord, Sud, Est ou Ouest).

Eligibility conditions

    To become an intervention officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • pass certain physical and practical tests
  • meet certain educational requirements

TECHNICAL RESPONSE OFFICER (SWAT)

Technical response officers are trained to intervene in special police operations. They may be called upon as sharp-shooters, as part of a bomb squad or as police divers.

Activities

  • Handling explosives, defusing bombs
  • Intervening at special events
    • barricaded individual
    • hostage taking
  • suicidal or homicidal individual
  • disappearances requiring underwater diving
  • etc.

Place of work

Technical response officers work in a specialized unit.

Eligibility conditions

To become a technical response officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • have 5 years of operational experience with the SPVM
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • pass certain physical, practical and psychometric tests
  • pass the selection process

MOTORCYCLE OFFICER

Motorcycle officers keep the peace and maintain order on the roads in the territory by enforcing traffic safety laws and regulations. They direct traffic in strategic locations to ensure a fluid flow of movement.

Motorcycle officers work on motorcycles during the summer and in cars during the winter.

The SPVM has 21 motorcycle officers.

Activities

  • Ensure the safety of citizens during social or cultural events (parades, demonstrations, etc.)
  • Direct traffic
  • Carry out radar operations
  • Place of work

Motorcycle officers work across the territory. The team is based in the Section sécurité routière et circulation in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

Eligibility conditions

To become a motorcycle officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • have a class 6A driver's license
  • pass the selection process

COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER

The community relations officer is the neighbourhood police station's resource person for community relations. This officer takes a special interest in the social groups who are most vulnerable to victimization and who have the greatest need for safety.

The SPVM has 89 community relations officers.

Activities

  • Develop partnerships with community organizations and institutions in the neighbourhood
  • Advise neighbourhood police officers on the best ways to solve various public security problems
  • Carry out prevention programs in the neighbourhood
  • Meet with young people, the elderly and business representatives to provide advice on safety and prevention

Place of work

Community relations officers work in one of the 33 Postes de quartier (neighbourhood police stations). For more information on the NPSs, please go to the Neighbourhood Police module.

Eligibility conditions

To become a community relations officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM police officer
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • pass the selection interview

PHYSICAL SURVEILLANCE OFFICER (SHADOWING)

The physical surveillance officer shadows target individuals within the scope of an investigation to discover what they do and who they see. The information gathered in this way helps advance the investigation. A physical surveillance officer is always supported by colleagues and never works alone.

Activities

  • Move about by car or on foot to observe the individual in question
  • Use different approaches and techniques to move about unobserved
  • Take photographs
  • Keep a journal of observations

Place of work

The physical surveillance officer works in a specialized unit.

Eligibility conditions

To become a physical surveillance officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • pass the selection process

NEIGHBOURHOOD OR SECTION CHIEF

The position of neighbourhood or section chief is the second level of management in the organization.

Neighbourhood Chief

This position is held by a police officer ranked commander. Every neighbourhood chief manages a Poste de quartier (PDQ) made up of 46 to 120 police officers and civilian employees.

The SPVM has 39 neighbourhood chiefs, one for every unit of command.

Section Chief

This position is held by a police officer ranked commander or inspector. The section chief manages an investigation unit made up of police and civilian employees.

The SPVM has 35 section chiefs.

Activities

  • Understand the citizens of the neighbourhood in terms of their need for security and the crime problems in the area
  • Develop strategies for increasing safety and solving crime problems
  • Manage the staff, operations and budget of the neighbourhood station or investigation unit
  • Represent the SPVM at meetings with various partners involved in public security or criminality

Place of work

Each neighbourhood chief works at one of the 33 Postes de quartier. For more information about the PDQ, please go to the Neighbourhood police module.

Section chiefs work in an investigation unit. To find out more about the various investigation units, please refer to the SPVM structure.

Eligibility conditions

To become a neighbourhood or section chief, you must meet the requirements of the various promotion competitions.

INVESTIGATOR

Investigators are police officers ranked sergeant-detective. They work in one of the 4 Service à la communauté (Nord, Sud, Est, Ouest) or in a specialized unit. Some investigators also work in the neighbourhood police stations (NPSs).

The SPVM has over 400 investigators.

Activities

  • Collect information from victims, complainants and witnesses about crimes committed in the territory
  • Gather evidence to help identify suspects
  • Solve crimes (fraud, sexual assault, homicide, theft, fires, etc.) in a specific geographic sector
  • Partner with NPS staff to anticipate and prevent criminal activity

Place of work

Investigators may work in an investigation unit located in one of the 4 Service à la communauté, in the Service des enquêtes spécialisées (SES), or in any of the 33 PDQ.

Service à la communauté (région Nord, Sud, Est et Ouest) :

  • Section des enquêtes;
  • Section intervention jeunesse et prévention;
  • Section moralité, alcool et stupéfiants.

Service des enquêtes spécialisées (SES) :

  • Division du crime organisé;
  • Division des crimes économiques et de propriété;
  • Section des crimes majeurs;
  • Section des agressions sexuelles;
  • etc.

To get a better idea of all the various investigation units within the organization, please refer to the SPVM structure.

Eligibility conditions

To become an investigator, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • have 5 years of police experience with the SPVM
  • pass the selection process

DOG HANDLER

Dog handlers are police officers who work with specially trained police dogs.

Dog handlers assist patrol officers in their daily work or answer calls that may present a risk to the officers. They also support investigators in the investigation of various crimes.

Dog handlers are each responsible for training their own animal. For the first 16 to 20 weeks, the police officer trains the dog daily before beginning any operations. They also see to the animal's other needs: hygiene, food, physical fitness, etc.

In general, the police officer remains in the position for as long as the dog is able to carry out missions.

The SPVM has 11 dog handlers.

Activities

  • Search for narcotics, explosives and fire arms
  • Find missing persons or suspects
  • Take the dog on rounds in certain crime corridors: parks, playgrounds, metro stations, etc.

Place of work

Dog handlers patrol the entire territory. Their team is based in Centre opérationnel Est.

Eligibility conditions

To become a dog handler, you must:

  • be an SPVM officer
  • have 4 years police experience with the SPVM
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • pass the selection process

MOUNTED PATROL OFFICER

Mounted patrol officers keep the peace and maintain order. They mainly patrol Parc du Mont-Royal and the other regional parks in the territory.

The SPVM cavalry is made up of 9 mounted patrol officers and 1 supervisor.

Activities

  • Patrol various areas on horse, as needed: Vieux-Montréal, Vieux-Port, the various green spaces in the territory, etc.
  • Provide security for citizens during social or cultural events

Place of work

Mounted patrol officers patrol the entire territory. The cavalry office and the stables are located on Mont-Royal.

Eligibility conditions

To become a mounted patrol officer, you must:

  • be an SPVM police officer
  • meet certain educational requirements
  • pass certain practical and physical tests
  • pass the selection process

MARINE PATROL OFFICER

Marine patrol officers see to the safety of pleasure boaters and shoreline residents every year from May to September.

They are often at the front line during events that take place near bodies of water within the territory: Mondial SAQ des feux d'artifice de Montréal, Grand Prix de Montréal, Molson Indy, and so on.

14 officers are assigned to work as marine patrol officers from May to September.

Activities

  • Protect the lives and safety of pleasure boaters and shoreline residents
  • Enforce boating laws and regulations
  • Carry out search and rescue missions

Place of work

Marine patrol officers work around the bodies of water in the Montréal region.

The marine patrol module works out of the Section sécurité routière et circulation located in the borough of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

The marine patrol officers' home harbour is located in the borough of Lachine.

Eligibility conditions

The position of marine patrol officer is a temporary assignment for an SPVM officer.

NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPERVISOR

The position of neighbourhood supervisor is the first level of management in the organization. This position is occupied by a police officer ranked sergeant.

Every Poste de quartier (PDQ) has between 5 and 10 neighbourhood supervisors, each of whom manages between 5 and 12 neighbourhood police officers.

The SPVM has 250 neighbourhood supervisors.

Activities

  • Manage a group of neighbourhood police officers
  • Direct and assist PDQ police operations
  • Participate in the administration of the PDQ in support of the neighbourhood chief

Place of work

Neighbourhood supervisors work in one of the 33 PDQ. For more information about the PDQ, please refer to the Neighbourhood police module.

Eligibility conditions

To become a neighbourhood supervisor, you must:

  • be an SPVM police officer
  • have 5 years police experience with the SPVM
  • apply for the position in a rank promotion competition
  • pass the selection process

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