American Cops vs Canadian Cops

American Cops vs Canadian Cops

The USA has long been called “The Land of
Opportunity” but there are many people these days that will tell you the American Dream
has for a long time been less of a reality. Canada on the other is often depicted as an
easier place to have an existence. It’s a country with far less of a divide
between the rich and poor, and you’ll still find it on best Quality of Life lists somewhere
in the top ten. At the same time the USA makes headlines for
such things as having worryingly high crimes rates for a developed nation, incredibly high
incarceration rates and a healthcare system that might bankrupt its own citizens. We might be being harsh here, and we certainly
aren’t saying Canada is utopia. Alright. So, you want to be a cop in the USA. You’ve done your research, meaning you’ve
seen The Wire, watched all episodes of NYPD Blue and even stayed up late to watch reruns
of Columbo and Cagney and Lacey. You are basically ready to hit the streets. Right? Well, we should tell you a few things about
what you need to do to become a police officer in America. The good news is that you don’t have to
be a genius to land the job. It’s open to most people, so long as you
have some brain power and didn’t spend your teens doing hits for the Mexican Mafia. You can get a law enforcement degree and this
should land you the better jobs, but you can also apply to be a cop after high school. So, to get in you will need a high school
diploma or a GED, which is considered equal to that diploma. After that you will be interviewed and have
background checks. If you have a minor offense you still may
get in. You may not have to be super fit, but you
will likely have to be relatively fit. Once you get into the academy you have to
pass some kind of entrance exam, such as the Law Enforcement Examination. You’ll then start your training. You’ll also have to pass a fitness test,
or the Police Physical Abilities Test. These tests can change depending on where
you are training, but you’ll mostly have to show you can sprint reasonably fast and
be able to run 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in anywhere from 16 to 20 minutes. But you’ll have to show your strength by
doing a fairly tricky obstacle course, and on top of that you’ll have to do around
20 pushups in one minute and 30 sit-ups in a minute. As we said, this can change depending on the
academy. Let’s just say, you’ll have to be fairly
fit to pass but by no means have to be an exceptional athlete. Training will last round 30 weeks and even
after you’ve passed you’ll be put on probation for up to 18 months at the department where
you’ll be working. Over in Canada, you can also start training
at age 18, but you cannot hit the streets until you are nineteen. You’ll also need a high school diploma or
the equivalent, and during the interview process will have to show good health, both mental
and physical. On its website, the RCMP says turning up to
the interview looking like you’ve done nothing but eat donuts and played Grand Theft Auto
throughout high school will put you at a distinct disadvantage. You’ll also have background checks and again
a very small infraction in life might not mean you cannot get in. Pass the interview and off you’ll go to
training school for 26 weeks. Yes, again there will be written tests that
should not challenge most who have done ok in high school. As for the fitness test, you need to do the
Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation that will consist of doing an obstacle course,
push ups and pulls ups, and a weight carry, all under a time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds
or less. That’s at the start of training. At the end you’ll have to be able to do
that same test in less than four minutes.’ So, now you are in the force. What’s it like? Well, first of all how much are you being
paid? The amount fluctuates across the USA, but
PayScale in 2017 said the average was $44,000 a year for the first zero to five years as
a rookie cop. Other sites tell us the starting salary for
most cops is closer to $30,000 and it will increase by the year. That might go up to $50,000 between your fifth
and tenth year but it depends on how well you do. Where you are matters a lot, with sources
telling us the average wage for cops in California is considerably more than double the average
for cops in Mississippi. As for Canada, you can check out the job site
Indeed and see police officer positions with a yearly wage of around $60,000 – after
we converted from Canadian dollars. Again, it depends on where you work, but PayScale
tells us the average salary when you just join the force is around $37,000. Just like in the US, that can easily go up
to $50,000 after a few years. It seems the wages for US cops and Canadian
cops are not dramatically different, but which country would be better to work in? We are told that a big difference in policing
is the fact that Canada has a federal criminal code, while in the US things change from state
to state. This means in Canada training and procedures
are the same all over, which can make life easier. One website tells us that in Canada the money
for the police force comes from taxes, while in the US part of the money comes from the
tickets people have to pay. That website tells us this has led to a stricter
kind of policing in the US, as the force needs to make money. We are told in Canada they call it a police
service, while in the US it’s called a police force. Canadians adopt a kind community policing,
while in the US the cops are perhaps less part of their communities. Then there’s the matter of higher crime
rates in the US. We’ll let an expert explain: “Canadians often point to a single major
difference between our two cultures as a starting point: Guns are far more easily available
in the United States than in Canada. This environment leads to a tense situation
for any police officer, no matter how polite he or she may wish to appear.” And this means the US police are not only
in more danger but tend to use a bit more force. We’ve all seen the videos of perhaps rather
over-the-top policing. We might also say that officers in some parts
of the US are under tremendous stress, given the number of guns on the streets. We are told that US officers use lethal force
about 6 times more than the average Canadian cop. The Washington Post told us that in 2015 US
police shot and killed close to 1,000 people while in Canada that number on average is
about 15 people a year. Unless you are mentally unhinged, killing
people is something you certainly don’t want to do, and in the US as a police officer
it’s much more likely that you will. We are told that in 2018, according to the
Officer Down Memorial Page, 149 deaths of officers occurred in the line of duty. Most were shootings, but cops also perish
in car crashes while performing their duties and other ways. Some deaths might just have been accidents,
but we are told firearms were involved in most deaths. In comparison, the Canadian Broadcasting Association
looked at the Canadian police memorial statistics and told us in 2018, “Since 1975, a total
of 284 police officers have died on the job. Of these, 101 were homicide victims, while
88 were killed in vehicle accidents — often while rushing to respond to a call in poor
road conditions.” We can certainly say that officers in the
US have the more dangerous job, by a long way. So, you are getting a similar wage, but have
more chance of killing someone and more chance of being killed. You are also more likely to have to use force
and adopt a more aggressive style of policing, all of which would likely make your job more
stressful in the US. That stress is killing officers in the US,
we are told. One study cited by Men’s Health said the
number of officers that took their own lives in 2016 was way more than those who were shot. “There is not enough conversation about
mental health within police and fire departments,” said the study. It depends where you are of course. A recent study by the Department of Justice
for instance said that the suicide rate in the Chicago Police Department was 60 percent
higher than the US average. One officer who worked for the Fresno Police
Department said over his 35-year career he counted 14 of his colleagues that took their
own lives on the job. Apparently, getting the number of officers
who do that after retiring is not easy to do. USA Today also reported in 2018 that more
officers took their own lives (148) than died in the line of duty. We can likely deduce that being a cop in the
USA can be a very stressful job. In Canada in 2018, nine officers took their
own lives (this was high compared to recent years). We might also add here that there are many
more cops in the US than there are in Canada. Statistics tell us there are about 70,000
police officers in Canada and almost tens times that amount in the USA. Other stats tell us the USA has considerably
more officers per capita than Canada, but then Canada has a lot less crime. We might also look at websites that list countries
for the worst police brutality, and next to less developed countries sometimes stands
the USA. We are not going to go into all the reasons
why this happens, but we might say that any chance of being part of such brutality might
be said to have future negative consequences not only for the victims but also for the
perpetrators. Even if they don’t get caught, one day it’s
likely their actions will cause them some amount of unhappiness. Just reading various sites, it seems Canadians
in general have more trust in their police. This no doubt makes their job easier. Psychology Today says this of US policing,
“Recent polls suggest that the majority of Americans do not feel that police are adequately
held accountable for their actions, treat racial groups equally or use the right amount
of force.” In conclusion, with Canadian police being
liked more by those they serve, the fact they have less chance of being killed, the fact
they deal with less crime and likely suffer less trauma, and the fact their wages are
not too different than their counterparts in the US, we would say being a cop in Canada
is better. Did you find this video interesting? Check out our video where we compare American
Cops to British Cops! And as usual if you enjoyed this video don’t
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  1. Why are the Canadian officers have a horse and red suit? That’s a little racist. We drive cars, and don’t say “eh” all the time. We also have such a dangerous jobs, taking out mafia and helping so much you couldn’t compare

  2. With your differences in crime…you failed to even consider the difference in population of the two countries. Also, most cops are pro-gun. We have multiple different types of law enforcement in the US, all are trained differently. My state has very high academic standards. You attend class daily and pass tests weekly. Even the dispatchers have to go to the academy. You are comparing oranges to apples.

  3. Canadas pop 36,999,037/15 police shootings USA's pop 328,950,000/1000 shooting its literally just a clear population difference 5:33 so its actually rare for an average cop to shoot someone

  4. The U.S. is also close to Mexico and has cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Chiacgo filled with criminals and democrats.

  5. U.S.: PT entry for most large cities makes it easier for women to get in then men. They make the task easier compare to men. Example : Pull up for men they have to pull themselves upward hanging with their arms and pass their chin above the bar they are holding onto. They have to do X amount in a certain time limit. Women the count is much less. I have seen where the women Do Not have to do this type of pull up (I was told because they don't have the upper strength that a man does). This was modified by placing a bar that set 2 feet from the floor and the women lying flat on her back grabs the bar with her arms fully expended drags herself under the bar. Even though the entry level for women to get into the force is made easier the Pay is still the same for a women oppose to men.

  6. The RCMP used to be a respectable police agency, but not anymore….now they are just lackeys for a Socialist/Marxist regime….zero respect now.

  7. This makes me want to move to Canada now. I have always heard that Canada was much more peaceful than the US. Now I know that's true. Maybe Canada is like the US, but better?

  8. Canada has normal liking cops that costume on the cover is the old costume it the USA that has sheriffs so please don’t under estimate

  9. American police: I was fearing for my life!
    Canadian police: I was fearing for their life(While nursing a self caused gunshot wound to the shoulder)

  10. Every department in the U.S. had it's own hiring policies. For example, to be in the NYPD you need an associates in CJ (a high school degree is not enough)

  11. The Canadians commit so much less crime because they're too busy trying to keep freaking from freezing to freaking death.

    I don't think the suicide rate among American police is because of dealing with their own actions of brutality but with post-traumatic stress disorder from traumatic incidents they have been through.

    Many of them would have to deal with crime scenes and accident scenes they have come upon.

    One fellow I know who used to be a police officer told me some very startling stories about some of these total absolute degenerates that he had to deal with after they had committed heinous things. Only recently do we have the Press publicizing some of these type of things that have been going on for years.

    I myself worked in the South Bronx for 4 years and I myself have met a lot of the criminal element.

    In a place like that where many people make crime a way of life these are not people you would want to sit down and have tea and biscuits with…

  12. I live like 10 minutes from a bridge that goes to Canada, I used to go to nba and nhl games quite frequently. But the Canadian police ruined it for me.

  13. Have you people been to canada?(not trying to be rude).while we do have mountee's we still have our regular police force who look very similar to yours and don't wear red I feel like that's all people think canada is these days.

  14. yes. it is clearly access to guns that is the difference in crime, not the fact that Canada doesn't have drug gangs to nearly the same level, is mostly devoid of large city centers like Chicago and Detroit, and has a homogeneous culture. it has nothing to do with Canada having a population density of 4 people per square kilometer compared to the US's 36. its just the fact that Americans have guns. thats why Switzerland, with significantly less restrictive access to guns has a higher crime rate than Canada… oh wait, IT DOESN'T. its actually LOWER at 300 incidents per 100,000 residents, compared to Canada's 5,334 per 100,000. and police aren't members of their communities in the US? where are you getting this BS from? and of course you're going to reference all the black lives matter bs "police brutality" cases that always end up debunked within a week, but by that time the news has moved on. seriously, this isn't an info-graphic, this is a highly biased, partisan hit-piece on US policing and culture. and to answer your pinned comment, yes, I feel safe around the police in the US. I treat them with respect, they treat me with respect and keep me safe. never has an officer given me a reason to fear them. in tense situations, do what you're told and you'll be fine. although I do love all the videos of police being hilariously outmatched by a knife wielding lunatic in the UK. If police can't even handle that, no, I don't feel safe around them, because if your job is to protect me, and you can't handle a dude with a butter knife, then you aren't going to be able to protect me any better than I am.

  15. wow, isn't it amazing that if you adjust for population, those shooting numbers are both INSIGNIFICANTLY SMALL? using your numbers, 0.0003% of US citizens were shot by police, vs 0.00003% of Canadian Citizens… we're talking about a difference of 0.00027% here. some would call that statistically insignificant, but way to not factor in population to make it look massively inflated.

  16. seeing as almost 80% of cops have never fired their weapon on the job, I think your characterization of you having "a much more chance of killing someone" (btw, its a much GREATER chance) as a bit misleading

  17. Yeah, let’s look at population size between the countries. Oh, would you look at that, the US is the third largest country in the world. Canada is pretty low.

  18. Well a lot of the cops are already high-strung and suffering from PTSD as it is because most of them come straight out of the military going to the police force and tell me that they're already not high strung they're already starting to suffer from PTSD so yeah first thing they actually need to give the people that want to become cops is a psychiatric evaluation

  19. Maybe you guys should try going to cites, maybe bigger ones? Not just mountains… Edmonton, Toronto, and more it's like the USA just a bit more "countryside" should i say.

  20. Infographics show uses RCMP uniform to show the difference between canadian cops and american cops
    (canadian here) Who else was TRIGGERED by this?

  21. The rcmp is an imperfect organization, staffed by flawed human beings. But I wouldn't trade them for American cops in a million years.

  22. America: GET ON THE GROUND!!!!

    Canada: I saw you go for a rip eh! Anyway I was told you were holding someone hostage so get on the ground eh or thing gonna be rough bud.

  23. The pay regarding Canadian police is incorrect. Most Canadian police services pay experienced members (3-5 years on the job) around $100,000 a year before overtime. RCMP pay before over time is $87,000 a year.

  24. Je vis au Québec et les policiers ne sont pas tous en cheval avec des chapeaux et des vêtements rouges, la majorité sont de la même habit que celui des USA

  25. First of all Canada has other police agencies other than the RCMP. The RCMP is like your FBI, DEA, Secret Service and Homeland Security all rolled into one. Plus they do policing in other communities too small for a police force. Some cities contract them out also rather than make their own force.

  26. Just a heads up, the red uniforms are exclusively ceremonial. And not every municipality employs police officers through the RCMP many have the own city police.

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