How to Become a CPR Police Officer


The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Police Force (also known as the Canadian Pacific Policy Service or CPPS) is a privately owned law-enforcement agency. The officers maintain, regulate and enforce laws along the Canadian Pacific Railway, including rail lines in Canada and the United States.

Getting a Job as a Canadian Pacific Officer

  • Obtain a provincial high school diploma or the equivalent, such as a high school diploma obtained in the United States. Documentation that confirms this is a requirement.

  • Consider participating in one of Canadian Pacific's student programs to pad your application and resume for a police officer position. Current college students can participate in the co-op education program, which allows them to work within their field of study for four to eight months, gaining experience and course credit. The new-graduate program offers students freshly out of college the opportunity to start their careers off correctly each September. The summer-student program is like a paid internship. Additionally, many partnering educational institutes provide railway training programs as college courses. See the Resources link for more information.

  • Maintain the appropriate physical health and condition. You must submit a physical active readiness medical clearance form filled out by your doctor that clears you for the physical activity that a CPR police officer job will require. You must also complete a physical abilities readiness exam (PARE). You must also meet vision and hearing standards.

  • Provide proof of Canadian citizenship or legal permanent residence. You also need a valid Class 5 driver's license (or provincial equivalent) with a good driving record containing a maximum of five demerits. Your criminal record must also be clean.

  • Complete a Canadian Pacific Railway Police Officer training course. You can complete such a course at a variety of schools and academies. CPR currently has a training agreement set up with the Lethbridge Regional Police Service and Lethbridge College ideal for preparation for this position. To get into the course at Lethbridge College, you must already be under CPR employment, obtain a recommendation for training from CPR or set down for a meeting with the college chair for enrollment approval. See the Resources link for more information.

  • Create a resume on the Canadian Pacific Railway website (see Resources) and apply for available police officer positions.

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