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Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:56 pm
by machinegun
Hi. I'm a 27 year old guy and I want to be a full time police officer. I just saw some job postings for provincial police/RCMP pilot positions. They are looking for some PC-21 and helicopter pilots but I wonder if those pilots are also sworn constables or just civilians.

I have always wanted to be either a cop or a pilot since I was a kid and I eventually got all the ratings including PPL, CPL, MER and IFR and became a regional airline pilot about two years ago but at the same time I volunteer as an auxiliary constable. After working as a Q400 pilot like a slave and following all the boring schedule for 2 years, I realized that this is not the job I wanna do and it has been more challenging and exciting when I volunteer.

But unlikely in the US where many reserve/auxiliary officers/deputies are also fully sworn officers, we auxiliary constables are just like part time civilian assistants in Canada. Now, I eventually want to become a full time cop but wonder if those pilots are also fully sworn costables.

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It seems like many police/sheriff pilots in the US have their police officer/deputy sheriff status just like patrol officers and are able to carry firearms when they fly but I can't find any information about Canadian police pilots.

Are RCMP/provincial police pilots in Canada police also constables with full power and able to carry firearms or are they just civilians?

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:07 pm
by Tango5
In some provinces, Auxiliary Constables, while on duty and under the eye of an RM, aren't just "part time Civilian Assistants".
Out of curiosity, what province is your home?

Edit.
Good for you, go after your dream... Apply.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:57 pm
by machinegun
Tango5 wrote:In some provinces, Auxiliary Constables, while on duty and under the eye of an RM, aren't just "part time Civilian Assistants".
Out of curiosity, what province is your home?

Edit.
Good for you, go after your dream... Apply.


born in quebec, lived in ontario since 15, working in bc now

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:18 pm
by AHP309
Calgary has civilian pilots, Edmonton's pilots are sworn members, and Winnipeg has both.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:52 pm
by Pete Broccolo
One of my brother-in-laws was an RCMP Pilot. He was a Cst before he went on the Section, transferred from "E" to "F" to fly out of Prince Albert and shortly after got promoted, was transferred to "O" to fly out of Ball (?), was made a S/Cst, transferred to "E" to Prince Rupert to fly the Goose and take it for decommissioning, transferred to "F" to fly out of Regina, sent to "V" to fly out of Iqualuit as a Sgt, transferred back to "E" to fly out of Vancouver as a S/Sgt and retired. He was ERT at Richmond, so even got to do some ERT-leading of local containment either in Northern "F" or while in "V". The beggar had golden horseshoes hidden in a dark place!

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:40 am
by Sk82
I know Saskatoon Police uses two members at a time in their plane. One member that is flying the plane and another to operate the Infrared camera and FLUR.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:14 am
by Shawshank
VanSmack wrote:
Pete Broccolo wrote:One of my brother-in-laws was an RCMP Pilot. He was a Cst before he went on the Section, transferred from "E" to "F" to fly out of Prince Albert and shortly after got promoted, was transferred to "O" to fly out of Ball (?), was made a S/Cst, transferred to "E" to Prince Rupert to fly the Goose and take it for decommissioning, transferred to "F" to fly out of Regina, sent to "V" to fly out of Iqualuit as a Sgt, transferred back to "E" to fly out of Vancouver as a S/Sgt and retired. He was ERT at Richmond, so even got to do some ERT-leading of local containment either in Northern "F" or while in "V". The beggar had golden horseshoes hidden in a dark place!


Only one u in Iqaluit. The word you wrote means something entirely different and unflattering in a Inuktitut.

Google it if you don't believe me.


Interesting how one letter can change things. For those who can't be bothered to google it, http://rabble.ca/babble/national-news/h ... ashed-bums

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:38 am
by Pete Broccolo
VanSmack wrote:
Pete Broccolo wrote:One of my brother-in-laws was an RCMP Pilot. He was a Cst before he went on the Section, transferred from "E" to "F" to fly out of Prince Albert and shortly after got promoted, was transferred to "O" to fly out of Ball (?), was made a S/Cst, transferred to "E" to Prince Rupert to fly the Goose and take it for decommissioning, transferred to "F" to fly out of Regina, sent to "V" to fly out of Iqualuit as a Sgt, transferred back to "E" to fly out of Vancouver as a S/Sgt and retired. He was ERT at Richmond, so even got to do some ERT-leading of local containment either in Northern "F" or while in "V". The beggar had golden horseshoes hidden in a dark place!


Only one u in Iqaluit. The word you wrote means something entirely different and unflattering in a Inuktitut.

Google it if you don't believe me.

I certainly meant no disrespect, and I apologize for my bad typing and lack of knowledge.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:48 pm
by basketcase
OPP Pilots are Sgt's. They advertise for civilian pilots but the reality is they'll likely continue to hire internally from the police ranks.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:22 pm
by Shawshank
Pete Broccolo wrote:
VanSmack wrote:
Pete Broccolo wrote:One of my brother-in-laws was an RCMP Pilot. He was a Cst before he went on the Section, transferred from "E" to "F" to fly out of Prince Albert and shortly after got promoted, was transferred to "O" to fly out of Ball (?), was made a S/Cst, transferred to "E" to Prince Rupert to fly the Goose and take it for decommissioning, transferred to "F" to fly out of Regina, sent to "V" to fly out of Iqualuit as a Sgt, transferred back to "E" to fly out of Vancouver as a S/Sgt and retired. He was ERT at Richmond, so even got to do some ERT-leading of local containment either in Northern "F" or while in "V". The beggar had golden horseshoes hidden in a dark place!


Only one u in Iqaluit. The word you wrote means something entirely different and unflattering in a Inuktitut.

Google it if you don't believe me.

I certainly meant no disrespect, and I apologize for my bad typing and lack of knowledge.


I highly doubt anyone on this site would ever think you would mean to disrespect an entire group of people.

Re: Are police pilots constables in Canada?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:02 pm
by Loadie
We have both fixed wing and rotor pilots. Our chief pilot is an ex staff Sgt. All are members only.