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Frequently Asked Questions

- Is the Toronto Police Service currently hiring?

- What are the basic requirements for becoming a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service?

- What is the age limit for applying to become a Police Constable?

- What are the initial steps to becoming a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service?

- What is the OACP Certificate of Results?

- How do I get the O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results?

- How much does it cost to do the O.A.C.P. (A.T.S.) test?

- Does the Toronto Police Service conduct its own testing?

- What is the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test?

- Does the Toronto Police Service offer a PREP practice session?

- Does the Toronto Police Service offer a PATI/WCT mentoring session?

- What is the vision test?

- Does the Toronto Police Service accept applicants who have undergone corrective eye surgery?

- What is the hearing test?

- What is the passing grade for the O.A.C.P. tests?

- Does my PREP have to be valid once I have submitted my application?

- Now that I’ve obtained my O.A.C.P. certificate, what do I do?

- How long is my application on file for?

- Can I apply to more than one service?

- How do I get in contact with a recruiter?

- After I submit my application, how long will it take to get an Interview?

- How long does the hiring process take?

- How often does the Toronto Police Service hire within a year?

- What is the cost of attending the Ontario Police College?

- Do I get paid while training at the Ontario Police College?

- Do I need a laptop while I am at OPC?

- Does the Toronto Police Service accept applications from lateral entry Police Officers?

- I am a current/past member of the military. Do I get special consideration?

- Does the Toronto Police Service accept on-line applications from international candidates?

- Do I need a Police Foundations diploma or a Law and Security diploma to be hired?

- Should I join the auxiliary before I apply to the police?

- What volunteer experience would you recommend?

- How many volunteer hours do I need to fulfil the volunteer component of my application?

- If I attended school in a foreign country, do I need an equivalency certificate?

- How long do I have to work as a primary response officer before I can apply to a specialized unit?

- How many specialized units are there within the Toronto Police Service?

- Will having declared bankruptcy affect my chances of becoming a Police officer?

- If I have a criminal record, can I still apply to become a Police Constable?

- How do I obtain a pardon?

- What if I have a criminal record, is it necessary to disclose this?

- Do I need my Possession and Acquisition (PAL) or Possession only (POL) licence to become a police officer?

 

Q: Is the Toronto Police Service currently hiring?

A: For the latest information regarding our hiring status, please visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers for more information.

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Q: What are the basic requirements for becoming a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service?

A: To be considered for the Police Constable position, you must meet the following requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act:

  • 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,
  • 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:

  • Have no criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted,
  • 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,
  • Possess a valid O.A.C.P. (Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Certificate) certificate,
  • Have a minimum of 20/40 (uncorrected) vision, with normal colour acuity,
  • Successfully pass the hearing standards as outlined by the O.A.C.P.,
  • Be able to pass a security clearance as well as background investigation, credit and reference checks.

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Q: What is the age limit for applying to become a Police Constable?

A: A candidate must be 18 years of age to apply. Otherwise, there is no upper age limit.

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Q: What are the initial steps to becoming a Police Constable with the Toronto Police Service?

A: After a candidate attends a General Information Session and before he/she can submit an on-line application, the candidate is required to successfully complete a series of preliminary tests, in accordance with The Constable Selection System as determined by The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

The process for the Constable Selection System begins when a candidate:

Registers for a test date with Applicant Testing Services (ATS).

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Completes Stage 1 of the OACP testing. This includes passing:

  • The Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP),
  • The Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI),
  • The Written Communication Test (WCT).
Once these initial tests have been passed, the candidate will move onto Stage 2 of the OACP test. This includes passing:
  • A vision test,
  • A hearing test,
  • A video simulation Behavioural Personnel Assessment Device (BPAD).
If all components of the OACP testing above have been successfully passed, the individual will receive the Ontario Chiefs of Police (OACP) Certificate of Results.

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Q: What is the OACP Certificate of Results?

A: The OACP Certificate of Results is a certificate approved by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and must be obtained by a candidate prior to submitting their application. The certificate is attained after a series of preliminary tests have been completed through Applicant Testing Services.

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Q: How do I get the O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results?

A: OACP testing is conducted by Applicant Testing Services (ATS).

For more information, please contact:
Applicant Testing Services (ATS)
540 Clarke Road, Unit 14,
London, Ontario
N5V 2C7,
1-800-429-7728
www.applicanttesting.com

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Q: How much does it cost to do the O.A.C.P. (A.T.S.) test?

A: The fees are as follows:

  • first time applicant - $330.53,
  • re-test/renewal component fee - $79.42.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service conduct its own testing?

A: No. Applicants are directed to contact Applicant Testing Services in regards to scheduling a test date and location.

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Q: What is the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test?

A: The PREP test is the physical portion of the O.A.C.P. testing and requires a candidate to pass both the pursuit/restraint circuit and the aerobic shuttle run in order to move onto the next phase of assessment.

Pursuit/Restraint Circuit
The Pursuit/Restraint Circuit simulates a foot pursuit and includes obstacles, control of a person who resists arrest and the dragging of an incapacitated person. Throughout this test, a candidate will be required to wear a 9 lb weighted belt to simulate the weight of standard police equipment.

Aerobic Shuttle Run
The shuttle run assesses a candidate’s level of aerobic fitness and is 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. Candidates must complete stage 6.5 to pass the component.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service offer a PREP practice session?

A: Yes, we do. In order to participate in a PREP practice session, a candidate must:
(a) Attend a Toronto Police Service General Information Session (GIS),
(b) Have a TPS recruiter assigned to them,
(c) Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers and register for a PREP practice session.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service offer a PATI/WCT mentoring session?

A: Yes, we do. In order to participate in a PATI/WCT session, a candidate must:
(a) Attend a Toronto Police Service General Information Session (GIS),
(b) Have a TPS recruiter assigned to them,
(c) Visit www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers and register for PATI/WCT mentoring session.

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Q: What is the vision test?

A: The vision test is an assessment of a candidate’s vision and is administered by Applicant Testing Services. If a candidate has any questions regarding the vision test, please contact Applicant Testing Services for more information.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service accept applicants who have undergone corrective eye surgery?

A: Yes. Provided that they have successfully passed the vision test as conducted by Applicant Testing Services.
The decision to undergo corrective eye surgery is strictly the personal decision of the candidate and not a requirement of the Toronto Police Service.
If a candidate has any questions regarding corrective eye surgery and the vision test, please contact Applicant Testing Services for more information.

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Q: What is the hearing test?

A: The hearing test is an assessment of a candidate’s hearing and is administered by Applicant Testing Services. If a candidate has any questions regarding the hearing test, please contact Applicant Testing Services for more information.

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Q: What is the passing grade for the O.A.C.P. tests?

A: There is no numerical grade assigned to any of the OACP test components. Instead, all tests are given a PASS/FAIL grade.

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Q: Does my PREP have to be valid once I have submitted my application?

A: A candidate must ensure that they have a valid OACP Certificate of Results during all stages of the Constable Selection Process.

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Q: Now that I’ve obtained my O.A.C.P. certificate, what do I do?

A: When you’ve obtained your Certificate of Results, the next step is to:
(a) Log onto the Toronto Police Careers website,
(b) Complete the on-line application,
(c) Attach the necessary documents,
(d) Submit on-line application.

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Q: How long is my application on file for?

A: Applications will be valid for a period of one year from the date they are submitted to the Employment Unit. If you have not been contacted within one year from the date you submitted your application, a new application, with current certifications is required.

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Q: Can I apply to more than one service?

A: Yes. However, this must be disclosed on your application.

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Q: How do I get in contact with a recruiter?

A: There are several ways to get in contact with a recruiter, you can either:

  • attend a General Information Session and one will be assigned to you,
  • refer to the “Contact a Recruiter” section of the Toronto Police website and either email or call them,
  • Call (416) 808-JOIN and speak with a recruiter.

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Q: After I submit my application, how long will it take to get an interview?

A: Only those applicants assessed best able to meet the organizational needs of the service will be selected for an interview.

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Q: How long does the hiring process take?

A: There is no specific time period. All applicants are reminded that when applying, it is for the position of Police Constable and not a particular recruiting class.

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Q: How often does the Toronto Police Service hire within a year?

A: Unless otherwise stated, the Toronto Police Service typically hires three times a year for classes which begin in December, April and August.

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Q: What is the cost of attending the Ontario Police College?

A: The current cost of attending the Ontario Police College is $7,500.00.

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Q: Do I get paid while training at the Ontario Police College?

A: Yes. Once hired, a candidate is classified as a Cadet in Training and will receive a salary of $54,398.

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Q: Do I need a laptop while I am at OPC?

A: Yes, all police recruits entering OPC for the Basic Constable Training Program after September 1, 2013 will be required to bring a laptop or notebook computer for their studies. Tablet computers are not acceptable. Students should also be aware that a flash player is required (recommend v.11), 256 mb Video Card, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office 2007 or higher and 1 removable storage device (thumb drive) minimum 1GB. Acceptable Web Browsers include Internet Explorer 7.0 and above or Mozilla Firefox 4.0 and above or Google Chrome or Safari 5.0 and above or Opera 11.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service accept applications from lateral entry Police Officers?

A: The Toronto Police Service accepts applications for the lateral entry/rehire process on a limited basis.

You must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for the Lateral/Rehire process:

  • Successful completion of recruit training at The Ontario Police College, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot or other accredited facility,
  • Two years of continuous service following graduation,
  • Successful completion of probationary period,
  • Presently serving with a Police Service and in good standing,
  • Former Toronto Police Service members must have left the Service for one complete year before seeking to reapply to the TPS.

If you meet the minimum requirements and/or wish further information please contact The Toronto Police Benefits and Employment unit at (416) 808-JOIN or email Policerecruiters@Torontopolice.on.ca.

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Q: I am a current/past member of the military. Do I get special consideration?

A: Although we appreciate your service in the military, all current and past members of any military service will proceed through the Constable Selection System like any other candidate.

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Q: Does the Toronto Police Service accept on-line applications from international candidates?

A: The Toronto Police Service does accept on-line applications for the Police Constable position from international applicants provided that the applicant has met the minimum requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act.

In addition to this, individuals seeking a career as a police officer in the Province of Ontario, regardless of where they are from, must also successfully meet the requirements of the Constable Selection System in order be considered for the Police Constable Position.

Please note: The Toronto Police Service

  • Can not influence Canadian Immigration procedure,
  • Has no affiliation with any Immigration Consultant Organizations.

If you are unsure of what the Constable Selection System is or what the minimum requirements for the Police Constable position are, please refer to the Toronto Police Careers website for further information.

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Q: Do I need a Police Foundations diploma or a Law and Security diploma to be hired?

A: There is no requirement by the Toronto Police Service for a candidate to attend any Police Foundations or Law and Security program. The only requirement in regards to education is that a candidate possess’ a minimum grade 12 diploma or equivalent certificate.

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Q: Should I join the auxiliary before I apply to the police?

A: There is no requirement by the Toronto Police Service to have a candidate be a member of the auxiliary police prior to applying to the Police Constable position.

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Q: What volunteer experience would you recommend?

A: There is no volunteer experience which is deemed to be of greater value than the other. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to volunteer their time, in an unpaid fashion, with any of the legal organization within the city.

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Q: How many volunteer hours do I need to fulfil the volunteer component of my application?

A: There are no set hours for volunteering. The hours of service are to be determined by a candidate’s personal schedule.

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Q: If I attended school in a foreign country, do I need an equivalency certificate?

A: Yes. Any candidate having attended secondary, post secondary or graduate school in any foreign country must contact any organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation and obtain a document verifying those credentials before submitting their application. Please refer to the Resource section of the Careers website, specifically the education section for more information.

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Q: How long do I have to work as a primary response officer before I can apply to a specialized unit?

A: Generally, an officer must be classified as a first class constable with a minimum of five (5) years road experience before they can be considered for any specialized units.

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Q: How many specialized units are there within the Toronto Police Service?

A: There are over 180 specialized units within the Toronto Police Service and they include:

  • Police Dog Services,
  • Marine Unit,
  • Mounted Unit,
  • Emergency Task Force,
  • Drug Squad,
  • Forensic Identification Services,
  • Homicide Squad.

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Q: Will having declared bankruptcy affect my chances of becoming a Police officer?

A: If an individual has declared bankruptcy and is interested in applying to the Police Constable position, the candidate must first resolve their credit situation prior to applying.

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Q: If I have a criminal record, can I still apply to become a Police Constable?

A: As per the OACP requirement, if an individual has been convicted of a criminal offence (in any country), they must first obtain a pardon prior to applying. Furthermore, if the individual has had a 'Findings of Guilt' which has resulted in absolute or conditional discharge, their records must be 'sealed' by the RCMP, prior to applying.

(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.)

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Q: How do I obtain a pardon?

A: Please refer to the Resource section of the Careers website, specifically the Pardons section for more information.

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Q: What if I have a criminal record, is it necessary to disclose this?

A: Yes. Failure to knowingly disclose a criminal record or any other information on the application can be grounds for disqualification from the Constable Selection System.

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Q: Do I need my Possession and Acquisition (PAL) or Possession only (POL) licence to become a police officer?

A: There is no requirement to obtain either of these licences when applying to the Toronto Police Service.