Apply to Join as a Police Constable

As a member of Toronto Police Service, you will be a part of a diverse and inclusive team that shares a passion for keeping Toronto safe. You’ll take on responsibility for preventing and solving crimes of all kinds. From collecting evidence to pursuing suspects to comforting victims, police officers are there at every step. Beyond crime prevention and investigations, Toronto’s police officers also keep our communities safe by maintaining order during public events, responding to emergencies and more. 
As a police officer, you’ll also have the opportunity to work in tandem with other emergency experts in Toronto, including Communications (9-1-1) operators, emergency medical services and firefighters. Most importantly, you’ll get to connect with people in communities and see for yourself the positive impact the Toronto Police Service has on communities in our city.
 

Things you should know
When you are selected for a Cadet-in-Training position you will begin an intense training program with some of Canada’s leading instructors. You will learn how to drive defensively, be proficient in the safe handling and use of a firearm, become fluent in provincial statutes, the Criminal Code and the Highway Traffic Act, and learn how to build and maintain a high level of physical fitness, among many other important skills.

Do I meet the minimum requirements?
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 18+ years of age
  • 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
  • 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*
  • Good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual that other people view as being trustworthy and having integrity

    * If you have attended secondary, post secondary or graduate school in any foreign country you must contact an organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation and obtain a document verifying your credentials before submitting your application. Please refer to the Education section in the Resource section of the Careers website for more information.
 
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)
  • Successfully pass the hearing standards as outlined by the O.A.C.P.
  • Have a minimum of 20/40 (uncorrected) vision, with normal colour acuity*
  • Be able to pass a security clearance as well as a background investigation, credit and reference checks**
  • Be physically ready and able to achieve stage 7 of the Shuttle Run and pass the PREP test (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) 
Shift Schedule

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.  
 

Role and Responsibilities

The fundamental role of a police officer is about commitment to public service. As a new constable or an experienced officer joining the Toronto Police Service, your focus will be on protecting members of the public, preventing and investigating crimes, and assisting victims. By joining us, you will be working in partnership with communities and service delivery agencies to address crime, disorder, and community safety issues with an understanding of, and a sensitivity toward, the complex needs specific to each neighbourhood.
A police constable's job is a complex one. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • conducting a full and thorough investigation of offences
  • preparing for and attending court, a hearing or inquiry to give evidence
  • providing support immediately after an incident, which can victimize, traumatize or create concern for a neighbourhood and its residents
  • being proactive and using information, evidence, and insights from neighbourhood partners to identify issues and co-develop solutions, including referrals to appropriate community resources
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         $67,680
  • 4th Class Constable    $75,218
  • 3rd Class Constable    $85,971
  • 2nd Class Constable   $96,716
  • 1st Class Constable    $107,456


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
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Access to the Police Credit Union (for additional information please visit tpcu.on.ca)
  • Pension Plan (OMERS)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
What will my hiring journey look like?


Your journey will be unique to you. Because we take a holistic and rigorous approach throughout our hiring process, the length of time your application takes to process can vary.
 

Flow chart showing hiring process for police constables
Where do I see myself?

With over 180 different career opportunities within the Toronto Police Service, you are encouraged to seek out the challenges that interest you the most.  Generally speaking, you must be classified as a First Class Constable with a minimum of five (5) years road experience before you will be considered for any of the above specialized units. Where do you see yourself?

  • Primary Response Unit
  • Community Public Engagement Unit
  • Emergency Task Force
  • Financial Crimes Unit
  • Forensic Identification Services
  • Homicide Squad
  • Missing Persons Unit
  • Mounted Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Police Dog Services
  • Public Safety Unit
  • Sex Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Services


What would make me a competitive candidate?

Because we receive thousands of applications each year, you should take the time to ensure you are at your competitive best before you apply. Traditionally, we hire three classes a year – April/August/December – and the number hired per class varies depending on the needs outlined by the TPS and the Toronto Police Services Board. So, how can you be a competitive candidate among all the applicants?

Some of the things we consider are:

  • Additional language skills (includes ASL)
  • Lived experience
  • Job-related experience
  • Continued education and self development
  • Driving skills with a solid driving record
  • Strong work ethic
  • Volunteerism*
  • Proven leadership and problem solving skills and resiliency
  • Embrace the TPS Core Competencies and Core Values
  • Physically fit 
  • Experience or education in the areas of mental health, effective communication and de-escalation


* Candidates are encouraged to volunteer their time with any legal organization in Toronto. Community service with exposure to people in crisis is advantageous. There is no specific number of volunteer hours required. Hours of service are to be determined by a candidate’s personal schedule.

I have military experience. Does this change my application process?

The TPS is a military friendly employer. All current and past members of any military service must successfully pass through the Cadet-In-Training Constable Selection System, not as an experienced officer. Military Police with minimum of two years service can apply to the TPS as a lateral hire.
 

Are you a Lateral Hire?

How long does the hiring process take?

Applications are valid for a period of one year from the date you submit it. If you have not been contacted within one year from the date you submitted your application, a new application, with current certifications, are required. Due to the high amount of interest and volume of applications, not all applications will be selected to move forward in the recruitment process. Only applicants who meet the organizational needs of the service will be selected for an interview. When you apply for the position of Police Constable you are applying for the role and not a particular recruiting class. Your application will remain on file for future consideration within the one-year timeframe. 

1. Pre-Application Stage

Before you begin the application process, there are a few things for you to consider. You want to make sure you are a competitive candidate and are physically ready to be successful at the shuttle run. Learn more by registering for the online General Information Session by clicking on "Information Sessions Registration" and sellecting the session date that works best for you. These sessions are held throughout the year.


Your next step will be to obtain your OACP Certificate as follow:

  • Register and complete the OACP assessment
  • Obtain your final OACP Certificate of results at OACPCertificate.ca
  • Complete your medical forms with the appropriate physicians to confirm you meet the required hearing and vision standards (Forms available from OACPCertificate.ca)
  • Complete an ongoing fitness log; logs from the most current two weeks may be requested at any time (Forms available from OACPCertificate.ca)
  • Be physically fit to successfully pass stage 7 of the shuttle run. A good gauge for you to assess your ability is to run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes,10 seconds

OACP certificates issued prior to January 1, 2020 will be accepted, but all components of the certificate must be valid and/or have a valid OACP Certificate of Equivalency. For more information please visit: stps.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OACP-CSS-Certificate-Equivalency-Guide.pdf.
 

2. Application and Pre-Screening stage

Once you have met all the minimum requirements, have your OACP certificate, and are able to successfully achieve stage 7 of the shuttle run, then you’re ready to submit your online application.

  • Register/Sign in to the TPS Careers page, Uniform Careers
  • Select the job posting you would like to apply for
  • Complete the application including all required documents and information
  • You will receive confirmation that your application was received
  • Upon submission of your application you will be invited to participate in the Shuttle Run to assess your physical fitness level

Shuttle Run

Indicator

Performance Results

Pass/Re-Test/Reapply Timelines

 

Stage 7 achieved during Shuttle Run

Pass. Move on to online PBQ and LFI

 

Stage 6.5 achieved during Shuttle Run

1 month wait period to be re-tested on shuttle run. Upon failure at retest results in a 1 year wait period to re-apply for the position

 

Stage 6 - 5.5 achieved during the Shuttle Run

6 month wait period to be re-tested on shuttle run. Upon failure at retest results ins a 1 year wait period to re-apply for the position

 

Stage 5 and below achieve during the Shuttle Run

1 year wait period to reapply for the position

•    If you are successful in reaching stage 7 of the shuttle run, you will receive an invitation via email to participate in an online Pre-Background Questionnaire (PBQ) including the written Local Focal Interview questions. As part of the PBQ, you are required to disclose information relating to any police contact, driving history, credit history, digital/social media footprint, education history, employment history, alcohol and drug use, including disclosure of any criminal record. These areas receive initial scrutiny and are the crux of the background investigation.


3. Interview & Background Investigation stage

During this stage of the process you will prepare for your interview. To help you, our recruiters provide an optional mentoring session. It is critical that you know and embrace our Core Values and Competencies for your interview. During this time, it is also critical to ensure you maintain and build on your fitness level. Additional physical testing will be scheduled as part of your conditional offer.

So, what happens now that you are in the background stage? 

  • If successful, you will be selected to move forward in the process and invited to attend an optional Interview Mentoring Session to help you prepare for your interview. You are provided with generic information about the interview process to assist in your preparation. The interview questions are based on the Service's Core Competencies and Core Values
  • You will be scheduled for a blended Essential Competency Interview (ECI) and Verbal Local Focus Interview (LFI). 
  • The interview is conducted by two members of the Background Investigator team
  • Suitable candidates will move forward and have a Background Investigator assigned to your file
  • The background investigator will continue an in-depth review of any criminal record, police contact, driving history, credit history, education history, employment history, alcohol use and drug use will be investigated further. 
  • During this process, you may be invited to participate in the MMPI 2 – written psychological assessment, including a further in-person interview with a psychologist.
  • In addition, a medical assessment and report from a physician will be requested 
     
4.    Conditional Offer of Employment & Training

Prior to any conditional offer of employment or deployment to the Toronto Police College, applicants are required to pass a Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test.

Applicants invited to complete the pre-hire testing must complete the Pursuit and Restraint circuit portion of the PREP test in a time of 2 minutes and 37 seconds, as well as competing the Shuttle Run to stage 7, in order to be successful and considered for a conditional offer of employment.

Congratulations! You received a conditional offer of employment. What does this mean?
  • If you have been successful and selected for a conditional offer of employment then you will be notified by a Talent Advisor
  • Your offer of employment is conditional on a couple of things, including a full medical assessment 
     
Where will I do my training?

As a Cadet-In-Training hire, you will proceed with formal training as follows:

  • 3 weeks of orientation at the Toronto Police College
  • 12 weeks at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario (Monday to Friday only)
  • 9 weeks of further training at the Toronto Police College

Courses covered during the 24-week training program will include defensive tactics, driving, firearms, neighbourhood policing and investigative training.
Once you successfully complete the cadet-in-training program at both colleges, a graduation ceremony is held where you will receive your badge and formal assignment. It is at this point that you are officially sworn in as an Officer and reclassified as a 4th class constable.
The fees for the Ontario Police College Recruit Training are $14,850.00  (As of Jan 2021)

Recruits of the Toronto Police Service have two payment options:

  • One-time payment of $14,850.00
  • A cadet loan offered by the Police Credit Union. Visit tpcu.on.ca.
     
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Photo: Kevin Masterman
Diversity & Inclusion

We are dedicated to hiring people with lived experiences, who embrace and adhere to the Service core values and who are committed to the citizens of Toronto as much as we are. We continually strive to hire talent who reflect the communities we serve. We actively conduct targeted outreach and partner with the community to identify candidates from various backgrounds, races, ethnicities, religion, sexual orientations, and other identities to bring diverse members into the Toronto Police Service.

Women in Policing

It is an exciting time for women in policing. While women work in every facet of our organization and contribute at all levels towards the safety and security of Torontonians, we remain dedicated to increasing the number of women in our ranks. Now more than ever, women are in key leadership positions at the TPS, driving change and paving the way for future generations of women in policing. It is essential that the TPS be a reflection of the communities we serve and we encourage women of all backgrounds to join the Toronto Police Service.

A group of women in TPS uniform on a couch in front of a large group of women
Veteran police officers mentor potential hires at the Toronto Police College
Military Experience

The Toronto Police Service recognizes that those whom have served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Veterans possess many transferable skills and there are many positions within the TPS where such skills and experience are desirable. Talent Acquisition collaborates with Veterans Affairs Canada and will continue to support military members and veterans as they transition into the civilian work environment.

A man in Chief's Ceremonial Unit uniform with a rifle
Photo: Kevin Masterman
Experienced Officers/Lateral Hires

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/ Rehire application. This applies only for those who have served as a Military Police officer.

Visit our Lateral Hires webpage for more information on how to apply.

Apply to Join as a Police Constable

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