Issue 19-158 Police Force

October 3, 2019

In 2018, there were 9,246 police officers in British Columbia, an addition of approximately 282 officers since 2017. The number of police per 100,000 population in B.C. (185) was up slightly from the previous year (182).

The province is on par with the national per capita rate of 185 officers per 100,000 Canadians. With a rate of 194 in 2018, Nova Scotia had the highest rate for police strength among the provinces, while P.E.I. (141) had the lowest.

In 2018, nearly a quarter (23%) of police officers in British Columbia were female, the second highest proportion of any province (Quebec recorded 26% in 2018). The percentage of female police officers in Canada has been increasing steadily over the past few decades. While females represented just five percent of all police officers in the country in 1988, by 2018, their proportion had grown to 22%.

Statistics Canada