Serious consideration is given to applications which meet both the basic qualifications and have additional experience. Community volunteer experience is considered an asset. Applicants are encouraged to obtain volunteer experience with a Police Department Community Services section (i.e. Block Watch, Victim Services or Police Auxiliary/Reserve program) and/or other local community services. Volunteering helps applicants to better understand the communities that we serve.
Previous work, life and educational experience along with the individual’s level of maturity are also taken into consideration.
- A degree, diploma or other certification in any field of study
- Knowledge of a second language or culture
- Community volunteer experience
The recruiting process is a process that reviews the qualification of a candidate to make sure only the best qualified candidates are selected. The process is very competitive. Of all applications received during the year only a handful are offered a position. Candidates who possess only the basic requirements may not advance through the levels of recruitment as other candidates may be more competitive.
Applicants will be subject to the following steps. These steps may not be in the specific order listed.
- Written Exam – A successful result from another police exam may be accepted.
- POPAT – Transit Police will accept recent POPAT results from other police agencies.
- Completion of a background questionnaire – This questionnaire covers all aspects of your history. It includes answering questions that may be uncomfortable. We understand that many people have had issues in their past that they are not proud of. For the most part these issues will not prevent you from becoming a police officer given the context and length of time since the event. A failure to disclose these items in most cases will prevent the candidate from proceeding in the recruitment process.
- Medical Exam
- Psychologist interview
- Background investigation