polarissucks wrote:I want to be a police officer next year when i graduate. The RCMP was my first choice, but i really dont want to work in the middle of nowhere. So i was wondering, if you work for the Winnipeg Police service how do you like it? I know the pay is relatively the same as the RCMP. Are the benefits , such as pension and Dental and Vision plans? What are most of your calls consisting of. Just general things about the job i should know. I also want to know where i should volunteer if i wanted to have a good resume to get into the police service, i was thinking of a personal care home for a while, any other suggestions of places to volunteer?
Yep....full of win.
If you work for the RCMP you might not be posted in the "middle of nowhere" but that's a possibility I suppose.
The pay for the WPS is NOT relatively the same as the Mounties. The RCMP make quite a bit more. The benefits are good, full dental and one of the best pensions. Go to the site www.winnipeg.ca/police
The work is busy, as it would be in any municipal service.
You should NOT be volunteering to pad your resume. That's all I can say. Finish school and take something post secondary perhaps volunteering in something along the way.
My suggestion is to apply to the RCMP and WPS and perhaps out of Province ie. Edmonton and Calgary. Do not put your eggs in one basket.
For examples how busy it is in Winnipeg, go to www.winnipeg.ca/crimestat and listen to the dispatch radio at http://www.winnipeg.canadatheft.com/
You just have to ask yourself how much do you want to be a cop and where.
polarissucks wrote:Whats full of Win mean? And I know i dont have to be posted in the middle of nowhere as an RCMP officer. I am just really conflicted as to what i want to do. By this i mean, which force. They are all pretty good i'm guessing, it just depends on where you want to live i suppose.
Go where you'll get hired...apply to both.
Why don't you just apply and see how it goes?
As for the volunteering, I'd suggest you not mention that you volunteered because "some officers told you". Volunteering can be something you use as an example in your interviews but the best way to get hired is to learn how to interview well and sell yourself. Volunteering is not a magic ticket in anymore than having a degree or taking Police Foundations is. It's only a small part of what police services or forces are looking for.
The main question is how bad do you want to be a cop (anywhere)?
Pay doesn't matter, neither do benefits. All the money in the world won't make you like your job if the other factors aren't there. Every police force pays a reasonable wage. There are so many other factors that can have an effect on your financial bottom line its impossible to really compare the two and come out with a clear winner.
If you want advice on where to volunteer, go somewhere where you will see the underside of society. That'll open your eyes and give you some perspective on the world that will help you in a law enforcement career. It will also help you decide whether you want to be elbow deep in the world's worst problems for 40+ hours a week for the next 25+ years.
Don't worry about mobility in the RCMP. I lived my whole life in the same house in Winnipeg until I went to Depot. Moving around isn't that big of a deal unless you're attached in a way that prevents you from moving. It has its own benefits too. Not that living in Winnipeg your whole life doesn't also have benefits, they're just different, each with their own charms, you might say. My point is that I just don't find it as big of a deal as some seem to think it is, especially if you're young and unattached.
As for calls, I think most RCMP guys wish they could go call-to-call and pass everything off like the city guys, and from talking to the city guys in GD, they're sick of always going call-to-call and doing all the work only to pass it off to a section to finish it. The grass is always greener on the other side, and a lot of it has to do with personal preference. You'll likely see more action in the city, but also are more likely to experience burn-out. I think in the RCMP you'd have a little more freedom in your work if you've got spare time. If traffic's your thing, you can go do traffic. If its drugs, go develop some sources and write some warrants. If you want to sit behind a desk, oh boy have we got some options.
From the outside looking in, the WPS seems to be a better run outfit, and is far more focused on policing. That being said there are some real downsides that I won't mention that make me not want to work there. The RCMP is more focused on pushing paper around and too many people have long forgotten what the P stands for. That being said though, the RCMP is a very large organization. There are some amazing units and opportunities for the chosen few.
In the meantime, do lots of reading on here and remember you have two years and one mouth for a reason. (Unfortunately, it sometimes becomes all too apparent that we all have 10 fingers)
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