Correctional Peace Officer (CPO)

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Government of Alberta
April 22, 2024
Medicine Hat, Canada
Job Type
$27.88–$36.65 an hour
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Correctional Peace Officer (CPO) - 1-2 (Multiple Locations) 1

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Posting Date: Apr 19, 2024

Location: Various Locations, AB

Company: Government of Alberta



Job Information

Locations: Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Red Deer, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Peace River
Correctional Services Division
Job Requisition ID: 57441
Ministry: Public Safety and Emergency Services
Salary: $27.88 to $36.65 per hour
Wage and Permanent Positions
Scope: Open Competition
Closing Date: Ongoing


About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:
Alberta Correction’s Adult Center Operations Branch is comprised of four adult correctional centres located in Fort Saskatchewan, Peace River, Calgary, and Lethbridge, along with remand centers in Edmonton, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Calgary.
Alberta Correction’s Young Offenders Branch is comprised of two youth correctional centres located in Calgary and Edmonton.


Do you believe in creating an environment of respect and integrity, being accountable for your actions and contributing to the excellence of the public service? Then look no further! The Correctional Services Division is looking for positive role models that are mature, confident, self-motivated and reliable with cultural and community awareness to join their teams!
Learn more about Correctional Services here:
As a Correctional Peace Officer, you will be a valued member of a team that is essential to maintaining the safety and security of a centre. You will perform a variety of security functions to ensure the care and custody of offenders while also ensuring the safety of centre staff and the public. In this environment, you will monitor offender movement, conduct patrols and counts, manage behaviour, complete searches and complete administrative duties associated with the Correctional Peace Officer role, including report writing and data entry. As you will be working directly with offenders, providing support and guidance, acting as a positive role model, and developing an in-depth knowledge of behaviors and personalities is fundamental in order to succeed in this role.
You will be highly motivated to work with offenders and thrive in a demanding and stressful work environment. Well-developed interpersonal skills, sound judgment and a professional demeanor are essential to this position. You must have the ability to function effectively in a team environment and possess critical thinking skills. Well-developed verbal and written communication, along with basic computer skills are necessary to ensure success in this position. Proven leadership skills and the ability to manage conflicts effectively are also essential.
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following competencies:
•    Creative Problem Solving: Ability to gather information from varied sources, analyze and interpret information to formulate reports and make decisions related to case planning
•    Agility: Ability to prioritize competing workload pressures in an effective manner and contribute to the organizational goals
•    Drive for Results: Sets and accomplishes goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and directives
•    Building Collaborative Environment: Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of teams within the workplace, community and other Government ministries/agencies to meet client and ministry goals and objectives
•    Developing Networks: Ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others
•    Develop Self and Others: Ability to invest in the development of long-term capability of yourself and others
Interested candidates must be available for a variety of shifts: days, afternoons, nights, including weekends and holidays. Some positions are casual/on-call with no guarantee of hours. Successful candidates may at times receive shifts on short notice. A successful candidate could be working full-time hours or have no shifts depending on the week. Shifts vary based on the Centre’s needs
To learn more about the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Services, please visit Public Safety and Emergency Services |
To learn more about a career as a Correctional Peace Officer, please visit Correctional peace officers |


High School diploma plus a minimum of two years of experience
•    Equivalencies will be considered on the basis of 1 year of experience for 1 year of education or 1 year of education for 1 year of experience
•    Valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level-C Certification with AED
•    Current Certified Criminal Records Check (with fingerprints and issued within the last six months)
•    Young Offenders Centres will require a current Certified Criminal Records Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check (issued within the last six months)
•    For interest in Young Offender’s Branch experience working with youth will be an asset
•    Experience managing conflict
•    Experience working in a team environment
•    Minimum of 18 years of age
•    Valid Class 5 Canadian Driver’s License (non-graduated)
•    Legally entitled to work in Canada
•    Previous experience as a Correctional Peace Officer or Correctional Services Worker with our department or equivalent with a Provincial or Federal jurisdiction
•    Previous experience as a police officer or auxiliary police member
•    Military Service with focus on protection/security
•    Emergency response experience: EMT; Firefighter
•    Youth worker/client group work (e.g. group homes, aboriginal camps)
•    Experience working with adults with serious mental health issues
•    Appropriate related security experience such as senior level security, intense complicated security environment, responsible to make decisions regarding people issues (e.g. mall security, hospital security, airport screening officer, loss prevention officer, commissionaire, armed guard)
•    Bylaw officer experience
To perform the full scope of the role, the position requires employees to don Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s) and to be clean-shaven where the face piece of the equipment seals to the skin of the face. This is in accordance with the Effective Face Seal, Occupational Health and Safety Code, section 250(2). Exceptions due to medical and religious grounds may be accommodated.


Application Stages and Requirements

As part of the application process, you are required to submit the documents required at each stage.

Screening Stage Requirements:

-    Cover letter and Resume
If you move forward to the initial assessment stage, you will receive an email requesting the following documents:
Initial Assessment Stage Requirements (30-minute Virtual assessment and 30-minute written assessment immediately after the Virtual assessment):
-    Personal Disclosure Questionnaire (PDQ)
-    Reference List
-    Consent to Obtain Employment & Academic Information Form
Panel Interview Stage Requirements:
-     Current Certified Criminal Records check (with fingerprints and issued within the last six months). Please proceed in person to a Policing Agency (CPS, EPS, RCMP, etc.) or RCMP accredited agency ( to have your Certified Criminal Record Check completed.  You will be provided a letter to present to the Policing Agency or RCMP accredited agency when requesting the Certified Criminal Record Check.
You can also get your fingerprinting done at the Commissionaires - You just need to type in your location and the website will provide the nearest office you can go to.
-    Youth Offender’s Branch will also require a Vulnerable Sector Check (issued within the last six months)
-    Successful completion of COPAT or PARE (issued within the last six months). Note: Information will be sent in the email regarding the prerequisite medical and physical assessment. A medical consent from a physician is required to participate in the COPAT. To watch the COPAT example video please go to the following link:</li></ol>
-    All documentation listed above obtained or completed within the last six months.
-    Copy of valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level-C certification with AED. Here is the link to Approved First Aid Training Agencies:
OHS Resource Portal. Approved first aid training agencies (
-    A 5-year Commercial Driver’s Abstract (issued within the last few weeks). Please note this is NOT a summary of a driving record.

*Applicants will not move to the next assessment stage until copies of the above documentation are received and assessed by Human Resources. We advise candidates that reach the phone assessment stage to begin the process to collect the remaining required documentation to prevent delays.

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.
•    Working for the Alberta Public Service –
•    Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) – Pspp Home - Public Service Pension Plan
•    Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) –
•    Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool –
•    Leadership and mentorship programs
•    Professional learning and development
•    Positive workplace culture and work-life balance


Correctional Peace Officer 1 - $27.88 to $32.94 per hour ($2,161.04 to $2,552.60 bi-weekly)
Correctional Peace Officer 2 - $30.92 to $36.65 per hour ($2,396.62 to $2,840.16 bi-weekly)


All costs associated with the recruitment process including documentation fees and travel expenses are the candidate’s responsibility. Out-of-province applicants can obtain the documents requested above from the province they reside in.
To learn more about the requirements of the job, click on the following link to read the full job description:
Subsidiary 3 – Correctional and regulatory services | (Click 032CR18 for Correctional Peace Officer 1 job description. Click 034CR10 for Correctional Peace Officer 2 job description.)

Candidates will be required to attend interviews and successfully complete an orientation training session over multiple days.

Candidates who are successful in the selection process will be placed in a Talent Pool. The number of positions to be filled has not been identified at this time. This competition will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities.
This competition will be used to fill current and future vacancies for wage and permanent Correctional Peace Officer positions. Wages/casual/on-call positions have no guaranteed hours of work.
Public transportation is limited; a personal vehicle will be required to access the majority of the centres.
A confirmed misrepresentation may disqualify you from obtaining employment or result in a review of your continued employment.

How To Apply

Click on the “Apply Now” button.
Using your LEGAL NAME, candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit To learn more about creating a candidate profile and other tips for the Government of Alberta's online application system.
Please submit your application including Cover Letter and Resume. When uploading your documents, please upload them individually and preferably as a PDF or Word document. You will be required to rename your attachments appropriately. i.e. First Aid, CCRC, etc. To ensure your application is processed please use your LEGAL NAME on all documents.  Failure to complete documentation with legal name will result in delay of application.
In order to accurately reflect your related experience/education, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. For example: February 2006 – June 2009: Loss Prevention Officer (PT three 8 hr. shifts/week).
If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system, Career Opportunities: Create an Account ( to access the main log in page where you are able to ‘Create an account’, reset your password (‘Forgot your password’) or ‘Sign In’ should you already have an account.
Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.
Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrate how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.
Resources for applicants:
APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:
Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.


We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements.


If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact at

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