Statutory requirements to become a police officer
The minimum qualifications as outlined in the Police Services Act
• Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
• At least 18 years of age
• Physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position
• Successfully completed at least 4 years of secondary school education or equivalent (Official transcripts will be required). Where education has been completed outside of Canada refer to International Creditation Assessment Services of Canada or World Education Services-Canada
• Be of good moral character and habits
• Possess a valid Class G driver’s licence (no more than six demerit points)
• Current certification in CPR and First Aid
• Able to pass security clearance, background investigations (including credit and reference checks)
• Have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
Police work is demanding requiring shift work on weekends and holidays throughout the year. A police career requires dedication and commitment to the safety and well being of the community. Are you up to the challenge?
Most constables at the Windsor Police Service begin their careers as Cadets. Cadets gain valuable experience and knowledge working in the Court Services Branch, Traffic Branch, and Property Room. Cadets are paid civilian employees of the Service and are eligible to collect comprehensive benefits. Prior to promotion to the rank of constable, a cadet must achieve satisfactory performance in all aspects of the cadet performance management process. Successful cadets may be selected to attend the Ontario Police College (OPC) where they will train to begin their career as a police constable.
In the early 1990’s police services across Ontario saw a need to standardize the hiring of Police Constables. In partnership with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Association of Ontario, and members of the community, the Constable Selection System (C.S.S.) was born. This process has brought about a system that is fair and inclusive for everyone involved.
Policing has transitioned from a traditional enforcement model to a competency based selection processes consisting of Essential Competencies and Local Competencies in accordance with the Constable Selection System. The Constable Selection System is the property of the Ontario Ministry of Community of Public Safety and Correctional Services and licensed by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The Constable Selection System was developed with input from the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
For complete information on policing as a career choice, please refer to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Analytical Thinking: ability to analyze situations and events in a logical way and to organize parts of a problem in a systematic way;
Self-confidence: belief in abilities and judgement and recognition of personal limitations and development needs;
Communication: ability to demonstrate effective listening, understanding, verbal and written communications skills;
Flexibility/valuing diversity: ability to adapt to a variety of situations and to work effectively with a wide cross-section of the community representing diverse backgrounds, cultures and socio-economic circumstances;
Self-control: ability to keep emotions under control and to restrain negative actions when provoked or when working under stressful conditions;
Relationship-building: ability to develop and maintain a network of contact, both inside and outside the police service;
Achievement orientation: desire for continuous improvement in service or accomplishments;
Medical physical skills and abilities: job –related medical/physical skills and abilities, including vision, hearing, motor skills, cardiovascular endurance and upper-body strength. For information regarding vision, speech and hearing standards, refer to the OACP Medical Requirements of Candidates
- Community Service Orientated
- Ethics and Professionalism
- Work Organization
- Commitment to Learning
- Organizational Awareness
Constable Selection System Steps to Hire
• Outreach and recruitment
• Self Assessment (Do you meet the minimum requirements?)
• Attain Applicant Testing Services (ATS) Certificate
• Submit application to WPS (Applications will be accepted only when posted)
• Pre-background questionnaire
• Local Focused Interview (LFI)
• Essential Competency Interview (ECI)
• Background Investigation
• Psychological assessment
• Chief’s panel Interview
• Offer of employment for a Police Cadet (pending medical)
Applicant Testing Services, Inc. (ATS) is an independent firm that specializes in conducting screening tests for police hiring. ATS has been endorsed by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P.) to conduct the pre-interview screening procedure as part of the Constable Selection System process.
For more information contact ATS directly 1-800-429-7728 or at Applicant Testing Services
Local Needs of Police Services
The Windsor Police Service may also require certain special skills and abilities in order to address urgent issues pertaining to the service or the community. A local need may be a second language, a special type or level of computer skills, prior experience in working with abused women and troubled youth, etc.