Correctional Peace Officer (CPO) - 1-2 (Multiple Locations)

Posting Date: Mar 15, 2023

Location: Various Locations, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Correctional Peace Officer (CPO) - 1-2 (Multiple Locations)  

Job Requisition ID: 33574

Ministry: Public Safety and Emergency Services

Location: Various locations

Full or Part-Time: Part time and Full time

Hours of Work: 38.75 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Wage and Permanent Positions

Scope: Open Competition 

Closing Date: April 30, 2023

Classification: Correctional Peace Officer 1 - 2

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.

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.

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.


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!

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 
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  • 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

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). 

Application Stages and Requirements:
As part of the application process, you are required to submit the documents required at each stage.
Screening Stage

  • Cover letter and Resume

If you move forward to the next assessment stage, you will receive an email requesting the following documents:
Phone Assessment Stage:

  • Personal Disclosure Questionnaire (PDQ)
  • Reference List
  • Consent to Obtain Employment & Academic Information Form

Qualifications (cont'd)

2nd Interview Stage:

  • Copy of valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level-C certification with AED
  • A 5-year Commercial Driver’s Abstract (issued within the last few weeks)
  • Current Certified Criminal Records check (with fingerprints and issued within the last six months) 
  • Youth Offender’s Branch will also require a Vulnerable Sector Check (issued within the last six months)
  • Successful completion of COPAT/PARE equivalent (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> 

*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. 


$26.46 to $36.11 per hour ($2,050.68 to $2,798.18 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:

Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

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

Public transportation is limited; a personal vehicle will be required to access 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

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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, Resume, Standard First Aid and CPR Level-C with AED certificate and Certified Criminal Record Check including fingerprints, (issued within the last six months). 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, CRC, etc.

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, click here 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:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Applications are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

If you are having difficulties completing your online application, please email quoting the job requisition #33574 In the subject line please note ‘Issues Applying in 1GX’, and we will contact you to assist you in completing your online application.

Due to the large volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm that our office has received your application.

Closing Statement

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

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.