Special Constable



Requisition ID: 11136  
Department: Transit Services Department 
Service: Safety, Regulatory, Training & Devleopment Service  
Branch: Special Constable Branch 
Employment Type: Multiple Full-time Continuous and Temporary Positions
Work Hours: 40.00 hours per week
Affiliation: CUPE 5500 
Salary Information: $35.040 - $41.223 per hour (2023 rates of pay)
Location: 1500 St.Laurent  
City: Ottawa, ON 
Job Category: Transportation 
Application Close: 28/06/2024

NOTE: Applications / resumes received will be used to staff current and on-going requirements until December 31, 2024.


Transit Operations provides safe, reliable and courteous transit services and excellence in customer service delivery to 100 million transit customers per year, by means of conventional bus, para transit and rail operations. The Transit Special Constable Unit manages the Special Constable and Fare Enforcement Programs, Transit revenue loss and fare enforcement programs, property protection and law enforcement programs, the transit emergency response and preparedness programs, communications equipment/systems, processes and sectional records activities.

You are responsible for security and law enforcement duties involving passengers, employees, Transit Services facilities/vehicles/assets and the general public.

You execute the duties of a Sworn Special Constable/Peace Officer, agent and occupier of City of Ottawa Transit Services*, in accordance with:

  • Federal/Provincial/Municipal laws
  • Special Constable contract with the Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Rules and regulations governing a Special Constable appointment (as amended from time to time)
  • Corporate/Branch/Division policies and standards
  • Corporate/Branch Code of Ethics, Core Values and Mission Statement, that is consistent and compatible with Ottawa Police Service policies and standards


*The Police Services Board grants an Officer’s Special Constable status for Ottawa, with an approval from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, in accordance with the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990. Special Constables are Peace Officers as defined in the Criminal Code of Canada.


Completion of community college Police Foundations or Law and Security Certificate.

Minimum of 2 years of security experience in a transit environment.

Related experience in dealing with people and enforcement procedures may be considered as alternate relevant experience.


Must obtain and maintain Special Constable designation


  • Good knowledge of security or law enforcement operations, as well as the duties of a Special Constable with Peace Officer authority, including the use/application of the Criminal Code of Canada, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Trespass to Property Act, Provincial Offences Act, Liquor Licence Act, Safe Streets Act, MFIPPA, as well as related Federal and Provincial Statutes, and Transit By-law
  • City/Branch/Division policies and procedures affecting Transit operations including standard operating procedures and emergency standing orders
  •  Court processes and procedures
  • Investigative and evidence gathering techniques
  • Crowd control and emergency response techniques
  • Dispute resolution techniques
  • Personal and physical security methods
  • Electrical and computerized security equipment
  • Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.


  • Work independently, with minimal supervision, and collaboratively with peers and managers as part of a team
  • Capable of relating to transit customers, while working in a public environment, and of dealing with difficult or confrontational behaviors
  • Possess leadership and negotiation skills
  • Possess analytical and problem solving skills
  • Possess demonstrated assertiveness and self-control
  • Possess strong conflict/dispute/crisis resolution skills
  • Able to exercise sound judgement and to make authoritative decisions where time may not permit soliciting advice from senior staff
  • Possess computer literacy in MS Office Suite in a Windows environment, including use of Ozone and the Internet
  • Able to build and maintain relationships within the community, with stakeholders and other agencies
  • Able to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of all people and cultures
  • Possess organizational and time management skills to deal effectively with multiple demands, conflicting priorities, and deadlines
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and report writing skills
  • Possess neat and legible handwriting
  • Possess effective public relations and public speaking skills
  • Able to use portable corporate communications technologies, such as 2-way radio, etc.
  • Able to drive a City vehicle
  • Possess a work record of good attendance/job performance
  • Be of good moral character and habits
  • Able to be respectful, to relate to Transit customers, co-workers and the general public, and to work in a non-confrontational manner
  • Possess cultural awareness, value diversity and be sensitive to others
  • Able to display tact and diplomacy
  • Able to deal with physical situations and physically control/restrain others when necessary
  • Able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Able to be available for unplanned overtime, work a variety of scheduled shifts, including split shifts, weekends and evenings


  • Language Requirement: Various language requirements. Some positions require English oral, reading, and writing. Some positions required French oral, reading and writing.       
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction. Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.  
  • Driver’s License Requirement:  A valid Ontario unrestricted G class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated  
  • Meet eligibility requirements for appointment as a Special Constable, which are:
    • Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada
    • Lawfully eligible to work in Canada
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Not been convicted of a criminal offence or been convicted of an offence for which a pardon has been granted.
    • Proof of valid Standard First Aid Certificate and valid CPR-Level C
    • Must learn, meet and maintain Transit Special Constable Services standard in the use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, baton and the use of force continuum
    • Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Certificate of Results for the Constable Selection System
    • Candidates will be required to undergo physical fitness testing with the Transit Special Constable Recruiters. Candidates will be required to successfully complete the Ontario Police Fitness PIN test.
    • Candidates will also be required to undergo other investigations/checks to include:
      • Fingerprinting
      • Driver's licence history
      • Credit check
      • Background reference check
      • Written MMPI
      • Interview with Psychologist
  • Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements. 
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available. 


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions. 
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.