Civilian Careers

As a civilian member of the VPD, you will join almost 400 other civilians and 1,300 sworn police officers as they work toward the Department's vision of making our community the safest major city in Canada.

Civilian members enjoy a wide variety of opportunities within the Department, often working side by side with investigators, patrol constables and senior officers.

Civilians perform key roles in areas that range from the Mounted Squad to Criminal Intelligence. Their duties are often exciting and rewarding in many ways. Civilian members enjoy generous benefits, attractive working conditions and job stability. Many of our members who have children enjoy choosing shiftwork or compressed work weeks, because it better fits their family life.

Becoming a civilian member of one of Canada’s largest police departments means you have chosen a career that is more than just a job, one that is highly respected and appreciated by the residents in our community.


The wide variety of civilian jobs at the VPD means that a wide variety of skills, education and personalities are needed. The majority of civilian positions are in our Information Management Section. Basic qualifications required for Information Management positions include:

  • Grade 12, plus clerical experience
  • typing 50 wpm
  • Microsoft Word 70% proficiency
  • Microsoft Excel 70% proficiency
  • data entry – 6,000 keystrokes per hour

Other useful Information Management skills:

  • previous work in a police environment
  • volunteer experience with various police agencies
  • Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database experience
  • education background in Criminology or Law
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills to deal tactfully and effectively with the public and staff
  • ability to multi-task
  • person of good character

Some of our areas require special skills, such as Transcription Services, the Photo Lab, Finance and others.

Please note that you must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident to work for the VPD.

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Selection Process

Your resume and covering letter will be reviewed by the Human Resources Advisor, who will contact you if we have positions that fit with your qualifications and experience. They may conduct an initial telephone interview and / or call you in for testing.

Depending on the position you're applying for, the testing may range from keyboarding speed to Microsoft Word and Excel to data entry skills. Some of our more specialized positions may require a written test.

If you successfully pass the testing, you will be called for an interview with the hiring manager and the Human Resources Advisor. The interviews are generally about one hour long and are based on behavioural, job-related questions to ascertain your knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.

Short-listed candidates will need to undergo the Enhanced Security Clearance process. It consists of completing an authorization and a questionnaire, attending an interview with a VPD security officer and providing your fingerprints. The officer will complete your background check and will search police and other databases. All results are kept confidential. All Vancouver Police Department employees need to maintain their Enhanced Security Clearance as a condition of employment.

Most applicants selected for consideration will wait about six to eight weeks from the time they apply until they are hired.

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Compensation & Benefits

There are many good reasons to come to work for the VPD. Over 400 civilians enjoy the working conditions and the benefits that the Department can offer and it would be tough to find a safer work environment, when you work with over 1,300 police officers!


Teamsters Local 31 is the bargaining agent for our unionized civilian staff. The collective agreement provides for a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, dental, extended health, life insurance, short and medium term sick leave benefits, 15 days of annual leave to start and a pension plan. Most health benefits become effective the first day of the following month after you are hired.

The Department has a number of exempt civilian employees who hold supervisory, managerial or executive positions.


The Department offers generous training opportunities for civilian staff in partnership with the City of Vancouver. Training programs include technical and computer skills, as well as communication and supervisory skills.

In addition, the Department also has a Civilian Education Fund that staff can access to pursue ongoing education through night school classes at approved post secondary educational facilities.

Flexibility & Variety in Work Hours

The Vancouver Police Department understands the importance of work / life balance. There are a variety of work shifts available, depending on the job you have. Many of our staff enjoy the benefits of a compressed work week; others work shift work, including weekends and nights; and some prefer regular work hours Monday to Friday.

Free Gym Access

Both police buildings are outfitted with full gyms that are open 24 hours.

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Current Vacancies

If you believe you have the character and skills it takes to be a civilian member of the VPD, email us your resume and cover letter at vpd.civilian.jobs@vpd.ca.