Police Officers

The Journey to Constable

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1.  ATS Testing

All applicants must pass the police testing with ATS Testing. This testing is also called the O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results.  It simply says that you meet the minimum requirements to be a police officer.  This step must be completed prior to applying with our service. We require a candidate to have an O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results that has been valid within 365 days of the application being submitted.

2. Application

Applications are submitted online on our Current Job Opportunities page.

3. LFA & PBQ
The Local Focus Assessment, Pre-Background Questionnaire and Personal History Form are written, short-answer style worksheets. All three items are completed in a single appointment.  Any additional documents you would like to include can be brought in during the LFA. 
4. LFI
The Local Focus Interview is typically about 90 minutes.  The interview will ask about your policing knowledge, your commitment to the community, your learning and how you help others. The interview is based on the developmental competencies we would like to see in applicants. 
5. ECI
The Essential Competencies Interview typically can take up to three hours.  It focuses on the Essential Competencies for a police officer.  This style of interview is best done using the STAR method. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. 
6. Psychological
The Psychological Test and Interview determines your suitability to the world of policing.  There is no way to study or prepare for this stage.  Just get a good night sleep and arrive on time.  
7. Background
 The Background Investigation is where we speak with past employers, friends, family, personal references, and anyone else who we think might be able to help.  
8. Job Offer
Successful applicants will be offered conditional employment as a Police Constable, subject to passing a medical examination, and completion of the Ontario Police College.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 Why would I choose to be a Police Officer with the Waterloo Regional Police? 
WRPS is a dynamic and progressive Police Service and are leaders in police investigations.  Working for the Waterloo Regional Police Service gives uniform members a variety of specialized police units to work with. In addition to the excitement of working within our community, officers receive competitive salaries, family health and dental benefits, and receive an OMERS pension at retirement.   
 Is the Waterloo Regional Police hiring Police Officers? 

Yes, we are accepting applications for Police Constable.  We expect to continue to hire for the next few years.  Are you interested in speaking with a recruiter or learning more about Policing opportunities?  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to learn about up coming information sessions. 

 How do I make myself competitive?

We are always looking for applicants who are:

  • passionate about their community, and have a deep commitment to helping others,

  • applicants who have a desire for lifelong learning,

  • are physically active,

  • are aware of the Waterloo Regional Police and our service goals,

  • have experience working within a team environment,

  • organized and pay attention to detail,

     

A career in policing is primarily about one thing: working with people to ensure public safety through crime prevention and law enforcement. Police work requires that a constable be able to build relationships in the community, showing sensitivity to and concern for the needs of people from all races, cultures and backgrounds.The Police Services Act describes four key areas of responsibility for a police constable:

  • preserving the peace;

  • preventing crimes and providing assistance to others in their prevention;

  • assisting victims of crime and

  • apprehending and charging offenders and executing warrants.

In addition, a police officer is responsible for:

  • referring individuals to community services and agencies and

  • educating the public.;

Police work is also demanding. A police constable must work shifts, including evenings, nights and weekends, at all times of the year. This is not a job that everyone will like, or can do well. One of the goals of policing is to reflect the diversity of the communities served. This enables police services to continually improve their capability to deliver service that is effective and responsive to the needs of the community. Police services are therefore looking for people from all backgrounds and walks of life, including people of various races, cultures, and religions. Everyone who has a strong interest in becoming a police constable, and who feels they meet the qualifications described in this information package, is encouraged to apply. For people who are truly interested in serving the needs of the community, police work is rewarding. The job challenges you each day in complex ways. Whether you are dealing with the security concerns of a store merchant, talking with a senior citizen, or befriending a group of local kids, you will find that a police constable bears a great deal of responsibility to the public. Fulfilling this responsibility will give you a sense of accomplishment and the confidence that you are making a contribution.

 What training is provided after the job offer is accepted?
Once you have successfully proceeded through the selection process, you will undergo an intensive standardized training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) in Aylmer. This training program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the policing role in society, give you a sound knowledge of the law and procedures, and develop your skills to deal with various situations. Throughout this training program, there will be tests and then a final examination. Some of the subjects and activities covered in the training program include federal and provincial statutes, firearms, defense tactics, fire safety, cross-cultural training, police procedures, and crisis intervention. 

In addition, we provide additional training before and after the training program at OPC. You will be required to pass this training before becoming eligible for appointment as a police constable.

Professional development related to various aspects of policing will continue throughout your career.

 What are the minimum requirements to become a Police Constable?

To be considered for a career in policing, you must meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act.

Specifically, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, having regard to your own safety and the safety of members of the public;
  • have successfully completed at least four years of secondary school education or its equivalent. (Note: official transcripts and diplomas will be required).Where education has been completed outside Ontario, official proof of equivalency must be obtained by contacting the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training;
  • be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity.

In addition, you must:

  • possess a valid driver's licence with no more than six accumulated demerit-points, permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges;
  • have current certification in CPR and first aid by the time the offer of employment is given;
  • be able to pass a security clearance as well as background investigation, credit and reference checks.

If you have any criminal convictions under a federal statute, you must obtain a pardon. If you have 'Findings of Guilt' which have resulted in absolute or conditional discharges, the records must be 'sealed' by the RCMP.

(This will be done automatically following one year if the absolute discharge is registered after July 24, 1992. For a conditional discharge, this will be done automatically following three years if the conditional discharge is registered after July 24,1992. Otherwise you must apply to have these records sealed.)

What can I expect after being hired?

Once you have been appointed to the rank of constable, you will progress through four classifications, from fourth class constable to first class constable. Your initial employment will include a period of probation. With good performance and availability of opportunities, you will be eligible for promotion to higher ranks.

As a police constable, you are eligible for a competitive salary. Benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental plans, life insurance plan, employee assistance programs and opportunities for professional development.

How can I get in contact with a recruiter?

 Our recruiters can be contacted by phone:

 

Accommodation

If you require accommodation in completing the application process, or with any portion of the application process or interview, please email us at HumanResources@wrps.on.ca. Diversity through inclusion – we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

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