VPD Traffic Authority

Traffic Authority

VPD Traffic Authority positions are non-union, sworn special municipal constable appointments under the Police Act. Traffic Authority members have restricted peace officer status and are not police officers. They are limited to performing specific authorized duties, primarily directing traffic at public, private, and community events.

The Vancouver Traffic Authority is a paid, part-time position coordinated by the Emergency & Operations Planning Section (EOPS) of the Vancouver Police Department. As a Traffic Authority member, you will work varied shifts on an on-call basis. The starting wage is $20.71 per hour.

Traffic Authority officers serve with dedication and commitment, upholding the professionalism and standards of the Vancouver Police Department while wearing the uniform with pride and honour. The Traffic Authority appeals to those who are interested in moving on to a career in policing as well as to those interested in serving their community.

The qualification and selection of Traffic Authority members is similar to that of our police officer hiring process. A minimum commitment of one year in the unit is required.

Traffic Authority Applicants: Attending one of the VPD's monthly Information Sessions at the Justice Institute of B.C. in New Westminster is your first step in applying to the VPD. Attending the Information Session is the only way to pick up an application to join the VPD.


To apply for a position with the Traffic Authority, you must meet the following requirements:

  • excellent character
  • minimum Grade 12 graduation or equivalent (GED)
  • minimum 19 years of age
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license with no restrictions and a good driving history
  • able to pass the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)
  • medically fit and able to meet the VPD's visual acuity and hearing standards
  • keyboarding skill of 25 words per minute
  • have no business or employment conflict of interest
  • no criminal convictions for which a record suspension has not been granted and no criminal charges pending
  • meet the selection requirements and background clearance required by the Vancouver Police Department

Selection Process

  • Information Session – attend one of our monthly Information Sessions to pick up an application
  • entrance exam – a score of 50% is required to pass (Sample Written Exam)
  • Integrity and Lifestyle Questionnaire - documents outlining your personal background
  • Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT)
  • intake interview – conducted by a Recruiting Detective, this includes a review of your Integrity and Lifestyle Questionnaire
  • polygraph examination - conducted by a specially trained VPD Sergeant
  • medical exam – you will need to pay approximately $400 for the medical exam
  • Sergeant's interview (discretionary)
  • background investigation


Applicants selected for a position with the Traffic Authority Unit will complete a 85-hour formal paid training program over an eight- to ten-week period on evenings and weekends. The training will be conducted in Vancouver. Training includes, but is not limited to:

  • legal studies
  • use of force
  • radio procedure
  • traffic intersection control

You will also be required to complete one job-shadow shift during the formal training period. Applicants are paid during the training period. Upon successful completion of the training program, you will be sworn in by the Chief Constable or designate, and will then be eligible to work shifts with the Traffic Authority Unit.

Work Duties

Traffic Authority members work outdoors in all weather conditions directing traffic. They are often called upon to work at large events like concerts, sporting events, and the annual Celebration of Light fireworks festival. The nature of the work means a lot of time on your feet and working around vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Work Schedule

There are no set hours for Traffic Authority shifts. You must make yourself available in advance for shifts, but can also tailor your availability around your work or school schedule.


The rate structure is:

Step 1 $20.71
Step 2 $22.36
Step 3 $24.26

A total of 2036 hours of work (roughly equal to one year of full-time work) is needed to move up a step.


  • uniforms and equipment are supplied
  • uniform cleaning is provided
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Apply to Become a VPD Traffic Authority Member

The VPD is accepting applications for Traffic Authority classes (dates to be determined).

Application packages are only available at monthly Recruiting Information Sessions held at the Justice Institute of B.C. in New Westminster.

Chief Constable's Unit Citation - 2010 Olympics

The Traffic Authority played a key role during the 2010 Winter Olympics ensuring the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians in the City of Vancouver. Members of the Traffic Authority were awarded the Chief Constable's Unit Citation for their contribution to the VPD's Olympic efforts.

Recruitment FAQs

See the VPD's Recruitment FAQs for some frequently asked questions (and answers) on our recruitment process.

Recruiting Outlook for 2014

The VPD is hiring police officers, Community Safety personnel, jail guards and Traffic Authority officers.