Some Frequently asked questions about Community Peace Officers
Q – How do I apply to become a Community Peace Officer?
A – You must apply to each job posting for current opportunities. Please ensure you are reading each job posting thoroughly to ensure you are providing all required information. Refer to the AACPO job forum for current Community Peace Officer opportunities available.
Q – Does the AACPO have an application form that I can complete to become a Community Peace Officer?
A – No, the AACPO does not have an application form that you can complete to become a Community Peace Officer. The AACPO does not hire Community Peace Officers, you are hired by each respective municipality. Please apply to each job posting following the directions outlined on each job posting. However, if you are interested in joining the AACPO, please visit our documents page here and complete the "New Member Application".
Q – Is post-secondary education a requirement to become a Community Peace Officer?
A – No. You are not required to have post-secondary education to become a Community Peace Officer, but it is highly recommended. However, some agencies do require it as part of their qualifications. Check with each job posting for their requirements.
Q – Can I apply to become a Community Peace Officer online, or do I have to apply in person?
A – Most job postings allow you to apply online or through email. Please check the specific job posting on how to apply.
Q – What are the basic requirements to become a Community Peace Officer?
A – The basic requirements are set by the Alberta Solicitor General’s Office. They are: Minimum of 18 years of age; grade 12 education or qualification; competent and of good character; no criminal record, or if the person has a criminal record, that a pardon has been received; no outstanding criminal charges, and not subject of a criminal investigation; successful completion of an approved PARE with a passing time of 4:45; successful completion of training course(s) approved by the Director of Law Enforcement. Keep in mind, these are the minimum requirements to become a Community Peace Officer.
Q – Where do I obtain the required training to become a Community Peace Officer?
A – Alberta Solicitor General’s Training Academy located in Edmonton, Alberta is where the 6 week Community Peace Officer Induction Program (CPOIP) is taught. This is the basic training required to become a Community Peace Officer. However, additional training is provided by various instructors on courses such as: Radar/Lidar, Commercial Vehicle Weights and Dimension’s, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course), Incident Command System Training, etc. To attend the Solicitor General's Training Academy you must be employed by a municipality as a Peace Officer.
Q – Does the AACPO employ Community Peace Officers?
A – No. The AACPO is not an authorized employer of Community Peace Officers. The AACPO is an association which represents CPO's. However, the AACPO executive is composed of Community Peace Officers. These members are not paid for their work with the AACPO and are volunteers.
Q – Am I able to do a ride along with a Community Peace Officer?
A – Yes, Community Peace Officers are able to take people on ride a long’s. However, please check with the agency you would like to do a ride along with as they may not do them due to agency policy.
If you still have questions, feel free to contact any member of the executive.