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Application Submission Package

The following is a checklist that you can use when assembling your application package for submission to a police service:

ATS will include an “Application – Position of Police Constable/Cadet” and “Consent and Release of Liability Form” when forwarding your O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results.

Note: Some police services may require the applicant to complete a specific application form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check with the individual police service prior to submitting the application package.


Essential Competency Interview

Candidates must possess an O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results in order to be eligible to proceed to the Essential Competency Interview (ECI). However, proceeding to this stage is not automatic or guaranteed, but depends on the needs and interests of police services.

The ECI is a behavioural type interview, i.e., it is designed to explore the actual behaviours demonstrated by the candidate in various situations. Candidates are asked to describe their thoughts, feeling and actions. Candidates choose the situations or experiences, which best respond to the questions. These situations must be relevant – work related, school related or community related – so as not to bring up personal information, which may lead to bias under the Ontario Human Rights Code (for example, issues related to such prohibited grounds for discrimination as marital status, sexual orientation, citizenry, etc., must be avoided).

The interview is built around the following essential competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self-Confidence
  • Communication
  • Flexibility/Valuing Diversity
  • Self-Control
  • Relationship Building
  • Achievement Orientation
  • Medical/Physical Skills and Abilities

The candidate is interviewed by a panel consisting of at least two persons. The interview usually takes 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete.

If you are successful in the ECI, those results can be used with other services for a period of 1 year; however, the individual police service always has the discretion to have the applicant do the interview again with their service.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in the ECI, will be permitted a second such interview only after a waiting period of 3 months from the date of the first interview, and after a 6-month period each attempt thereafter. If another service phones you for an interview during your 3-month wait, you will be obligated to tell them the result of your previous interview. At that point, the service has the discretion to either make you wait the three months, or conduct a different type of interview for you.

Please be aware that upon completion of the ECI, the police service conducting the interview will indicate on the back of your original O.A.C.P. Certificate of Results, the date, police service, and contact person for the ECI, as well as the result of the interview.


Pre-Background Questionnaire

Candidates are required to answer some brief questions related primarily to character and habits, in such areas as work and school experiences, alcohol, drugs, criminal activity, credit record, as well as the ability and willingness to work under the conditions related to policing.

These questions should be answered as accurately as possible, and truthfully, since deliberate misinformation could lead to the candidate being disqualified from the selection process.

The questionnaire takes 15-25 minutes to complete. The review of the information may take from 5 to 25 minutes, and is done at the discretion of the interviewers.


Developmental/Local Focused Interview

As the name implies, these competencies can be acquired through training after a person has been hired as a police officer. However, some police services may have immediate need for specific skills and abilities, which are developmental and may choose to include these in the hiring process.

The following 11 competencies have been identified as developmental:

  • Information Seeking
  • Concern for Safety
  • Assertiveness
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Negotiation/Facilitation
  • Work Organization
  • Community-Service Orientation
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Developing Others

Apart from the competencies, police services 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, ability to relocate, etc.


Background Reference Check

A thorough background investigation, credit and reference check will be conducted if a candidate is selected to progress beyond the interview stage.

This is conducted by the police service and is a detailed examination of the candidate’s past and present behaviours and various records within Ontario, Canada and other countries as required.


Psychological Assessment – MMPI-2

A psychological assessment is required to ensure that every potential job applicant is without significant psychological difficulties that might impair his/her ability as a Police Officer.

The candidate is required to complete a questionnaire (MMPI-2), which inquires into how the candidate thinks, feels and acts. The subject matter focuses on many personal issues. The candidate may be asked to attend a personal interview with a psychologist.

Unsuccessful applicants must wait one year to repeat the psychological assessment.


Final Selection Decision

The police service will then conduct an in-depth review of all information gathered. A job offer may then be made conditional upon the applicant obtaining medical clearance.


Comprehensive Medical Examination

A comprehensive medical evaluation is done ensuring the health of the applicant allowing them to perform the duties of a Police Constable at an acceptable level without compromising the health and safety of themselves, their co-workers or the public.


Probationary Appointment

Upon confirmation of a job offer, the candidate will undergo a probationary period following the human resources practices, as outlined by the hiring Police Services policies and procedures.


Unsuccessful Applicants - Step 2 through Step 5

If you have not met standard with the PATI or WCT on your first attempt, the waiting period to retest is 3 months from your test date and 6 months for each attempt after that.

If you have not met standard with the PREP on your first attempt, you are eligible to register immediately and retest within 2 months of your test date. For each attempt after that, the waiting period to retest is 2 months from your test date.

Applicants updating an OACP Certificate of Results: If you have not met standard on your first attempt to retest your PATI or  WCT  for your OACP Certificate of Results, the waiting period to retest is 3 months from your test date and 6 months for each attempt after that. If you have not met standard with the PREP on your first attempt, you are eligible to register immediately and retest within 2 months of your test date.


Unsuccessful Applicants - Step 6

If you have not met standard with the BPAD on your first attempt, the waiting period to retest is 3 months from your test date and 6 months for each attempt after that.

Please note: To be eligible to retest the BPAD, all tests of the CSS Pre-Interview Stage I - PATI, WCT and PREP must be valid.

Applicants updating an OACP Certificate of Results: If you have not met standard on your first attempt to retest your  BPAD for your OACP Certificate of Results, the waiting period to retest is 3 months from your test date and 6 months for each attempt after that.

If an applicant does not meet standard on the vision and/or hearing assessment, a referral will be required for further examination by an appropriate specialist.

These waiting periods and standards have been set by the OACP Constable Selection System.