RCMP Detention Guard

Nova Scotia
Job #: 
CNS 764-11-18
Various RCMP Detachments throughout Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Hours of Work: 
Casual On-Call assignments: 8 to 12 hour shifts, various Hours and Days of the Week, including weekends and Statutory Holidays

Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS), as Canada’s premier security company, is a not-for-profit corporation that offers diverse job opportunities to former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and qualified others seeking employment in the Security Industry.  CNS provides standardized extensive training prior to dispatching its staff on assignment.

While duties may vary by detachment, the duties and responsibilities inherent in this security-related role may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency and Fire Management in accordance with RCMP protocols
  • Safe-guarding detainees, the detention cells, detainee belongings, and RCMP facilities
  • Monitoring and recording activities of detainees through direct observation and via CCTV
  • Responsible for the health and safety of self and others on the jobsite
  • Inspection of vacant cells, including searches and to ensure cleanliness
  • Visitor escort duties as required
  • Officer assistance in searches and in overall cellblock security procedures
  • Completion of activity logbooks and reports
  • Ordering meals and managing laundry

Qualifications & Skills:

The role of a Detention guard requires both physical fitness and mental alertness, as the level of responsibility to ensure security is high, and often involves late night call-outs, and a requirement to work independently.

Qualifications for Success in this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimum of 19 years of age
  • Minimum of Grade 10 Secondary School Education
  • Authorization to work in Canada
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and write legibly
  • Bilingualism (French/English) an asset
  • Local First Nation’s fluency an asset
  • Basic computer literacy, and an aptitude to learn
  • Effective verbal communication skills, including an ability to understand and be understood, sustain a conversation, give and take instruction, offer clear explanations in person and over the telephone
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritize, and adapt to changes
  • Ability and willingness to successfully obtain a first aid certificate
  • Ability and willingness to successfully acquire a security clearance through fingerprinting, a criminal records check, and a vulnerable sector check
  • Ability and willingness to complete specialized training prior to assuming the role, and undergo regular field assessments
  • Physical fitness to include:
    • Ability to navigate multiple flights of stairs without restrictions or use of assistance devices
    • Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time
    • Use of both hands, twist and bend from the waist, and lift up to 20 kg
    • Good dexterity and balance
    • Good vision and hearing
    • Superior attention to detail, including ability to hear, observe, or smell changes to the work environment
  • Mental alertness to include:
    • React calmly, quickly and appropriately in a crisis situation
    • A good memory
    • Demonstrated sound judgement and problem-solving ability
    • Ability to remain alert up to 12 hours
    • Excellent customer service skills
  • Possession of a valid Nova Scotia driver’s licence, and access to reliable transportation

If you meet these requirements and are interested in making a contribution to your local community, please submit a cover letter and resume to:


 or via fax (902) 444-8590

As CNS is unable to make assumptions regarding education and experience, candidates are requested to clearly demonstrate how they meet the qualifications and skills requirements of this position.

CNS is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage qualified applicants who identify as Women, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, and Visible Minorities to submit an application for employment with CNS.