Permanent police officer

Permanent police officer working conditions

Permanent police officers are always hired at the rank of constable. They may take on the position of either neighbourhood police officer or support officer.

After a probationary period of 12 months, they may move to other positions as these positions become available, following procedures set out in the collective agreement.

Temporary officers are given hiring priority based on their date of hire.

If no temporary police officers have priority, the SPVM may hire a permanent officer directly from the pool of aspiring candidates.


The following salary scale for police officers came into effect on January 1, 2014:



Constable at hiring $40 837
6th class constable (after 12 months) $45 459
5th class constable (after 24 months) $50 853
4th class constable (after 36 months) $57 017
3rd class constable (after 48 months) $63 951
2nd class constable (after 60 months) $69 344
1st class constable (after 72 months) $77 050

A shift differential equal to 3% or 4% of a 1st class constable's salary is paid for every hour of regular time worked respectively in evening and night shifts.

Permanent officers required to work overtime are paid at the rate stipulated in the collective agreement.


Most police officers follow a schedule of 21 workdays every 35 days.

A workday is 8.5 hours long and includes a one-hour lunch break, half an hour of which is paid.

Shifts rotate through night, day and evening.

The number of consecutive workdays without a day off cannot exceed 7. The work schedule is arranged so that weekly leave is grouped in blocks of at least 2 days.

There are also other work schedules for specific positions or temporary placements for specific needs.


In light of the peculiarities of police work, holidays are added to a bank of annual leave time.

SeniorityNumber of hours
1 to 2 years 127.5
3 to 7 years 150
8 to 9 years 180
10 to 14 years 187.5
15 to 16 years 195
17 years 202.5
18 years 210
19 years 217.5
20 to 24 years 225
25 to 29 years 232.5
30 years and up 247.5


The collective agreement makes several types of leave available to permanent police officers:

Social leave

Social leave is granted for marriage, deaths, births or adoption.

Maternity and parental leave

A pregnant police officer is granted 20 weeks of maternity leave. For the entire period, the officer receives payment equal to 95% of her gross weekly pay.

At the end of her maternity leave, the police officer may take unpaid parental leave for up to 52 weeks. This leave is also available to male police officers whose wives have given birth. The father may take parental leave as soon as the child is born.

A police officer who legally adopts a child can also take unpaid parental leave for up to 52 weeks.

Deferred pay leave

Police officers who have 5 years of service can take a deferred pay leave over a period of 2 to 5 years. The time off may vary from 6 to 12 months.

Unpaid leave

The director of the SPVM may accept a justified request for unpaid leave from an officer who has over 3 years of service. Over the course of their careers, officers may be granted unpaid leave for a maximum of 2 periods of up to 12 consecutive months each.


The services of an assistance program are available for all SPVM officers.

The SPVM is recognized for its professionalism and the quality of the programs it has developed over the years, including its suicide prevention and police-resource programs.


Police officers become eligible for the SPVM pension plan as soon as they are hired as permanent officers.

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