Apply to become a Special Constable Until May 6

Special Constables provide a variety of vital roles within the Toronto Police Service. Their duties include the custody and transportation of prisoners as well as those in custody awaiting treatment at a medical facility. Crime scene management, canvassing, report-taking, and the effective management of property and evidence are all part of their work.

Role and Responsibilities
  • Searching, guarding and management of persons in custody
  • Providing for the safety and security of persons in custody, staff and members of the public
  • Service of legal documents and execution of warrants and other court orders
  • Execution of warrant and other court orders
  • Transportation of persons in custody to the nearest designated police facilties, hospitals, correctional or psychiatric facility in the prescribed manner, within and outside the jurisdiction of the Toronto Police Service
  • Performing the duties of the Drug Exhibit Liaison Officer
  • Obtaining Court ordered DNA samples
  • Closing and clearing of roadways
  • Directing traffic to ensure the safety of individuals working on roadways and the orderly movement of vehicle and pedestrians
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A Booking Officer speaks to another Special Constable Photo: Brent Smyth

Special Constables receive thirteen (13) weeks of classroom training at the Toronto Police College located at 70 Birmingham Street, Toronto.

Training is Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and may include evenings and weekends.


Where will I be assigned to work?

As a special constable, you may be required to rotate in any of the following positions throughout your career.

Court Duties – As a Special Constable working in Court Services, you are responsible for maintaining security at assigned court locations. You are also responsible for the custody and transportation of prisoners to and from correctional institutions. In this position, you will perform the duties of Court Liaison Officer, Drug Exhibit Officer, DNA Officer, Document Service Officer and other court-related duties.

Booking – As a Special Constable working in the booking section, you are responsible for prisoner management, including searching, guarding, and lodging persons in custody. Prisoner management also consists of the security, safety, and movement of persons brought into police custody.

Divisional Assignment – As a Special Constable working in a police station, you are responsible for crime scene management, closing and clearing roads, directing traffic to ensure the safety of individuals working on roads and the orderly movement of vehicles and pedestrians. You are responsible for report-taking, effective management of property and evidence, and prisoner custody and transportation, as well as those in custody awaiting treatment at a medical facility.


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District Special Constables take on many policing roles including crime scene management Photo: Kevin Masterman
Salary and Benefits

Starting salary of  $78,963 (as of January 2023)

As a full-time employee of the Toronto Police Service you will be entitled to the following compensation and benefits:

•    Family Health Care Plan
•    Family Dental Plan
•    Vision/Hearing Care
•    Pay Direct Pharmaceutical Card
•    Life Insurance
•    Paid Vacation (80 hours Lieu 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.

  • Completion of Grade 12 or an approved equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Must be at least 18 years old and legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted,
  • Must no have any charges pending before the courts

Licence and Certification

  • Must be a fully licensed driver and meet the requirements of the Graduated Licensing System in the Province of Ontario,
  • A current and valid Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) certificate of results, inclusive of vision and hearing.  Also be able to reach a minimum level 6 in the PREP test (shuttle run).   For further information, including how to register for certification, visit
  • Must possess Standard First Aid and Level ‘C’ CPR certification

Icons with text: 1. Pre-application. 2. Application & pre-screening. 3. Interview & background investigation. 4. Offer of Employment
  1. Pre-application

    1. Possess a valid Ontario Chiefs of Police (OACP) certificate

    2. Possess a valid Ontario Driver’s Licence

    3. Prepare to complete the Shuttle Run: Stage 6


  1. Application & Pre-Screening

    1. Complete your online application

    2. Complete your fitness assessment (Shuttle Run: Stage 6)


  1. Interview & Background Investigation

    1. Participate in and pass an interview

    2. Complete your pre-background questionnaire

    3. Successfully complete your background screening


  1. Offer of Employment

    1. Accept your conditional offer of employment

    2. Complete your medical assessment

    3. Complete the training program (13 weeks – Toronto Police College)

    4. Participate in sworn ceremony

    5. Placement as a Special Constable into Court Duties, Bookiing Duties or Divisional Assignment as per Toronto Police Service operational needs

Apply to become a Special Constable Until May 6