The Lethbridge Police Service, founded in 1902, is a progressive law enforcement agency that provides police services to the City of Lethbridge which has a population of nearly 95,000 people. LPS employs more than 220 sworn and non-sworn staff and dozens of volunteers. The Service is committed to excellence in service delivery, ongoing training opportunities and professional development. All new Constables begin their career in the Patrol Section and are typically eligible to apply for assignment to a specialized unit after three years of service.
- Competitive salaries
- Paid recruit training
- Fast-tracked recruit training for individuals with previous policing experience
- Ongoing opportunities for personal and professional development
- Opportunities for promotion and assignment to numerous specialized units
- Constable 1st Class $95,097
- Constable 2nd Class (12 months) $85,576
- Constable 3rd Class (12 months) $76,077
- Constable 4th Class (12 months) $66,579
- Constable 5th Class (18 months) $61,807
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Before beginning the application process it’s important to be aware of the roles and responsibilities of a police officer. You also need to ensure you meet the minimum requirements and possess the qualities, strengths and attributes that are necessary in the policing profession.
- Do I meet the minimum requirements?
- Is my behaviour ethical and moral?
- Am I able to work with people from all walks of life in a variety of situations?
- Am I self-confident and assertive?
- Do I demonstrate leadership?
- Do I work well on my own and as part of a team?
- Can I make decisions under pressure and in the face of uncertainty?
- Am I physically fit, emotionally stable and responsible?
- Am I prepared to work in all kinds of weather conditions?
- Am I prepared to work shift work including evenings, nights and weekends?
- Have I considered the impact that shift work will have on my home life?
- Am I in good health and free of any conditions that would limit by ability to do police work?
- Am I ready for the challenge?
The application process usually takes several months to complete. Classes are generally held in the spring and/or fall. It is preferred that applicants have two years of continuous employment or post-secondary education.
LPS is a family-oriented police service that understands the importance of a work-life balance. Our wage and benefits package is highly competitive and we have an Employee Family Assistance Program to support members and their families when needed. We are also committed to life-long learning and in addition to many ongoing training and professional development opportunities, employees are encouraged to take advantage of our cost-share program to further their education.
A policing career with the LPS offers many opportunities for advancement and specialty assignment.
All experienced officers complete the same recruit application process as all others and are required to meet the same standards, however the training period is accelerated for those with previous experience.
Regardless of an experienced officer’s rank prior to joining the Lethbridge Police Service, they will be applied the rank of Constable. However, experienced officers will be paid at a higher rate than a recruit with no previous police experience.
Wages are based on the collective agreement between the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Police Association.
In order to meet the requirements for our accelerated training program you must:
- Be a sworn police officer with full Constable status serving with a Canadian municipal or provincial police service, or RCMP. Members from non-public police agencies including the Military Police and Canadian Pacific Rail Police will also be considered.
- Special Constables and members of a police agency outside Canada are not eligible to enter the Experienced Officer program.
- Have a minimum of 18 months of continuous police service, including basic recruit training.
- Have an exemplary record of service and performance history.
- Not have any criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted, nor any outstanding criminal or internal investigations prior to an offer of employment being made.