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Things you should know

The Toronto Police Service seeks applications from experienced police officers. When Experienced Officer job postings are active, you will find the posting under the “Uniform Opportunities” icon as a Lateral/Experienced Officer application. This applies only for those who have served as a Military Police officer. Do not submit your application as a new hire.

If you are a current and/or past members of any military service, we ask that you proceed through the Constable Selection System as a new hire, which can be found in the “Uniform Opportunities” icon as a “Cadet-in-Training”

Minimum requirements:

  • Successful completion of recruit training at the Ontario Police College, R.C.M.P. Depot or at the accredited facilities below:
    • British Columbia Institute of Justice
    • Edmonton Police Service
    • Calgary Police Service
    • Saskatchewan Police College
    • Winnipeg Police Service
    • École nationale de police du Québec
    • Atlantic Police Academy
    • Canadian Military Police Academy
  • Have successfully completed your probationary period with a recognized Canadian Police Service or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid CPR level “C” and Standard First Aid certificates
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • Valid Ontario fitness PIN or equivalent 
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Member in good standing  
  • Be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people view as being trustworthy and having integrity
Shift Schedule & Seniority
Day, Afternoons, Nights. The shift schedule varies in each Division. The duration of each shift also varies and are either 8, 10 or 12 hour shifts. Applicants should be aware that we provide service to the community 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which includes statutory holidays.  

Annual leave and seniority

If you are hired as an experienced officer, you will receive a credit (lieu time) equivalent to your present annual leave. This is non-cashable and must be used within the first year of employment. Lateral Hires/Experienced Officers are considered new hires once employed by the TPS, regardless of their length of service with their previous service. Previous service does not count towards the calculation of service/retention pay. Up to and including first class constable, applicants will be accepted at their current rank. 
Salary & Benefits

The Toronto Police Service provides its members with some of the industry’s leading salaries and benefits, effective wellness programs and rewarding personal and professional development opportunities.
The following table represents the salary structure for Toronto Police Service Constables.
Toronto Police Service Base Salary (as of January 2021)

  • Cadet in Training         $65,811.67
  • 4th Class Constable    $73,142.64
  • 3rd Class Constable    $83,599.34
  • 2nd Class Constable   $94,047.70
  • 1st Class Constable    $104,491.87

Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time employee of the Toronto Police Service you receive:

  • Family Health Care Plan
  • Family Dental Plan
  • Vision/Hearing Care
  • Pay Direct Pharmaceutical Card
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation (80 hours lieu time for the first year)
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Access to the Police Credit Union (for additional information please visit
  • Pension Plan (OMERS)*
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave

*The Toronto Police Service is a member of the OMERS pension plan. Please be sure to contact OMERS regarding the transfer of an existing pension.

Career Development

The Toronto Police Service is committed to providing our members with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional development. We pride ourselves on providing members with the most up-to-date training resources available to ensure that each and every officer’s personal and professional developmental ambitions are fulfilled.

We support our members by offering a number of career options. If you are hired as a Police Constable and gain experience, there are over 180 different career opportunities within the Toronto Police Service. You are encouraged to seek out the challenges that interest you the most. Where do you see yourself?

  • Primary Response Unit
  • Community Response Unit
  • Emergency Task Force
  • Financial Crimes Unit
  • Forensic Identification Services
  • Homicide Squad
  • Mounted Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Police Dog Services
  • Public Safety Unit
  • Sex Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Services
What will my hiring journey look like as a Lateral Hire/Rehire?
Flow chart showing hiring process for experienced officers

The selection process is rigorous as we strive to hire the best candidates. We take time to make the right decision with each and every hire, so the length of time may vary with each application. Note that applications are valid for a one-year period from the time of submission.

1. Pre-Application

You must possess the following prior to apply to the “Experienced Officer” position:

  • Valid PIN test or equivalent
  • Valid  Driver's Licence
  • Valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certificates
  • Must have served 2 consecutive years of service as a police officer of MP following graduation
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • If a previous officer with the TPS, you must have been separated from the service for at least 1 year
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • Successful completion of recruit training at the Ontario Police College, R.C.M.P Depot or the accredited facilities:
    • British Columbia Institute of Justice
    • Edmonton Police Service
    • Calgary Police Service
    • Saskatchewan Police College
    • Winnipeg Police Service
    • Ecole Nationale de Police du Quebec
    • Atlantic Police Academy

2. Application & Pre-Screening

  • Complete online application for Experienced Officer
  • Applications will be reviewed and pre-screened. Our hiring process is a competitive one. Not all applications will be selected to move forward in the process.
  • Successful completion of PIN testing, must achieve 75%. (if not is in possession of valid PIN)

At the end of a one year period, if you have not been contacted for an interview, your application will be purged. If at that point you are still interested, you will be required to submit a new application.

After one year, if you have not been contacted for an interview, your application will be purged. If you are still interested at that point, please submit a new application.


3.    Background and Interview

As a Lateral Entry/Rehire you will be required, if selected for an interview, to provide original documentation of the Pre-Application items. The below documentation will be required at the time of interview:
  • Current police service warrant card and badge
  • Documents to verify rank
  • Any other documents that you believe should be placed in your file including other education documents, course certificates, current evaluations or documentations
  • Valid driver’s license (an Ontario Driver’s license will be required at the time of hire)
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Psychological assessment and interview 
  • Medical assessment 
* Please Note: the Toronto Police Service will contact your present police service during the hiring process. 
4. Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Successful candidates who have been selected for a conditional offer of employment will be notified and invited to sign their offer. 
  • Non-Ontario police officers and Military Police must write an Ontario Police College equivalency exam. R.C.M.P. officers are exempt from this requirement.

Where will I do my training?

As a Lateral Hire/Rehire, you will receive 6 weeks of training at the Toronto Police College or as deemed necessary by the Toronto Police College.

After the successful completion of training you will be deployed to a Division based on the needs and demands of the Service.  

Apply to Join as a Lateral Hire