Become a police cadet

Discover the work of a police cadet

Are you interested in the police profession? Do you wonder if you would be comfortable carrying out police duties? The police cadet program is for you.

Come and gain work experience in the field and meet exciting challenges with us by supporting police operations.

To prepare for the police cadet function, the SPVM will provide you with paid training that will take 45 hours and supply you with uniforms and necessary equipment to carry out the duties.

You can work full-time as a police cadet in the summer, at the Urban Brigade, on traffic management or on other assignments depending on needs.  However, outside of the summertime, police cadets only work on certain local prevention programs and at mandatory events, such as the Saint Patrick day parade, the Montréal Marathon, the Santa Claus parade, etc.

You will have varied responsibilities, such as:

  • Conducting preventive foot or bike patrols;
  • Being assigned to the Info-Crime program; 
  • Issuing parking tickets;
  • Controlling visitors;
  • Participating in the application of specific local prevention programs (distributing leaflets, issuing courtesy tickets and chiselling);
  • Sharing information about prevention programs for the community;
  • Being assigned to reporting complaints;
  • Carrying out video surveillance operations;
  • Redirecting traffic, controlling peaceful crowds and providing information to citizens during sporting, cultural and public events.  


Pay (2021): $17.42/hour

Selection criteria

To become a police cadet, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Have at least one year of considerable work or volunteering experience
  • Have a good knowledge of French and working knowledge of English
  • Meet the safety accreditation requirements
  • Be available to work on average 35 hours a week and on call (weekdays, weekends, during the day, evening and, with some exceptions, at night) from the beginning of June until the end of August.

New: Police cadets who stand out for the quality of their work with the SPVM may be given priority in the selection process and hired more quickly as neighbourhood police officers.

To become a police cadet, the applicant must pass all steps of the selection process, i.e.:

  • Selection interview;
  • Security accreditation (security and integrity check);
  • Training 

How to apply

To apply, you must go to the Ville de Montréal website and submit your application online.

The following documents must be attached to your application:

  • a photocopy of your birth certificate;
  • a colour copy of your health insurance card or your driver’s licence (front and back);
  • proof of your full-time student status (course schedule, registrar’s letter) or a copy of your college or university diploma.