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Constable Selection System (Ontario)

The Constable Selection System is a partnership between the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services and the OACP. Individuals seeking a career as a police officer in the Province of Ontario must successfully meet the requirements of the CSS.


What It Takes to Become a Police Constable

Minimum Requirements

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.)

The Selection Process

The selection process consists of three assessment stages and is open to all applicants who meet the minimum requirements outlined in this package. You will advance through the process upon successfully completing each stage and will be notified of your progress throughout.

The Three Assessment Stages

Stage 1

Submit the Applicant Registration Form and go through pre-interview assessment.

Information on beginning your testing is available at this site: Applicant Testing Services

(A private assessment firm representing Police Services Throughout the Province)

This form must be submitted with the required non-refundable applicant fee. The fee is payable by certified cheque or money order to the OACP-licensed private assessment firm which will assess you on behalf of those police services which prefer to contract out the first-stage assessment. A receipt or acknowledgment of payment may be provided by the agency and/or police service.

You will be invited to undertake first-stage assessment at a designated site. For every test or assessment procedure, you must bring photograph identification with you. In order to determine your suitability for the position of police constable, you will be required to:

  1. Write a paper-and-pencil aptitude test that is designed to measure your aptitude in the following areas:

    Deductive Reasoning: The ability to draw appropriate conclusions from information provided. Police are often required to make sense of evidence by drawing conclusions about its relevance and meaning. This is tested through the Syllogism and Travel Time tasks.

    Inductive Reasoning: The ability to identify trends or common characteristics in a series of objects or information presented. Police officers often need to sift through seemingly disconnected facts and make judgements about how they fit together. This is tested through the Classification and Series completion tasks.

    Quantitative Reasoning: The ability to apply basic arithmetic operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions to solve problems. Police are required to apply arithmetic porcesses to determine rates of speed, stopping distance, etc. and this ability is tested on the Word Problems and Arithmetic tasks.

  2. Write a communication test after reading a scenario and organizing important facts to reconstruct what happened. You are tested on your ability to organize information in a clear, coherent and comprehensive manner.
  3. Engage in a medical/physical skills and abilities test. Specific standards are outlined below:

Vision: Uncorrected Visual Acuity should be at least 6/12 (20/40) binocularly (both eyes open). Corrected Visual Acuity should at least be 6/6 (20/20) binocularly. There are additional minimum requirements regarding refractive surgery farsightedness (hyperopia), colour vision, depth perception and peripheral vision.

Hearing Standards: Normal hearing at frequencies of 500 to 4000 Hz measured by audiometer.

Physical Fitness: Pass all components of the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police Constable (PREP) test, which includes:

  1. Pursuit/Restraint Circuit, will be evaluated by completing as quickly as possible a 25 meter circuit four times (total distance = 100 meters) while wearing a 9 lb. soft weight belt that simulates wearing a full equipment belt. During each rotation, a set of stairs are climbed and on the second and fourth rotation, a 4 ft fence is scaled. Following completion of the circuit, the participant completes pushing and pulling on the "body control" simulator, performs two "arm restraint" simulations, then drags a 150 lb. rescue dummy a distance of 15 meters.
  2. Aerobic Shuttle Run, evaluated by running back and forth over a 20 meter course in time with tape recorded signals. The time to cover the 20 meter course is shortened progressively until you are unable to maintain the pace.
  3. Perform a video simulation, if the preceding tests have been successfully completed. You will view on a TV monitor, scenarios representing what police constables experience on the job. You will then respond as if you were speaking to the people in the scene. Knowledge of police procedures is not required.
Stage 2

Interview: Should you be called for an interview (with one or more police services), you will be required to complete a Pre-Background Questionnaire while waiting to be interviewed. You may also be required to complete and submit an Applicant Registration Form and other documents either prior to or after the interview.

Stage 3

A thorough background investigation, credit and reference check will be conducted if you are selected to progress beyond the interview stage. You will be required to complete a psychological test, and may be invited to an interview with a psychologist.

The police service will then conduct an in-depth review of all the information gathered to reach a decision about your application. A job offer may then be made to you, conditional upon your obtaining a medical clearance. At that time, a medical evaluation will be conducted to determine your medical suitability for being hired as police constable. This consists of a medical history questionnaire and a comprehensive physical examination.

If an offer of employment is confirmed, you will be required to undergo a probationary period.