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.
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:
- 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 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 NOT 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 paid shifts with the Traffic Authority Unit.
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.
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.
Traffic Authority members are paid on an hourly basis that reflects current rates of pay for regular police officers, but they do not receive benefits.
New members are paid at the same rate as VPD probationary Constables, with incremental raises after 500 and 1,000 hours of service. A Traffic Authority Supervisor is paid at the rate of a 2nd Class Constable.
2013 Pay Rates
- Probationary: $28.85 hourly
- 4th Class (500 hours): $30.90 hourly
- 3rd Class (1,000 hours): $32.97 hourly
- 2nd Class (Supervisor): $37.08 hourly
- uniforms and equipment are supplied
- uniform cleaning is provided