Police Constable - Qualifications & Requirements

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  • Preserving the peace

  • Preventing crime and other offenses and providing assistance in prevention

  • Assisting victims of crime

  • Apprehending criminals and others who may lawfully be taken into custody

  • Laying charges and participating in prosecutions

  • Executing warrants

  • Investigating and reporting occurrences

  • Performing the lawful duties that the Chief of Police or Commissioner assigns

  • Enforcing municipal by-laws

  • Completing the prescribed training


To become a Police Constable in Ontario, you must be able to meet all of the following requirements/qualifications:

  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada

  • At least eighteen years of age

  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position,
           having regard to his or her own safety and the safety of the public

  • Of good moral character and habits

  • Has successfully completed at least four years of secondary school education
           or its equivalent

  • Possess a valid driver's license with no more than six accumulated demerit points,
          permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges

  • Possess a valid Standard First Aid Certificate and a valid C.P.R.Certificate
          (Basic Rescuer Level) at the time of hire

  • Meet the Vision standards outlined by the Constable Selection System

  • Meet the Hearing standards outlined by the Constable Selection System

  • No criminal conviction(s) for which a pardon has not been granted

  • Pass medical examination

You must also successfully complete pre-interview screening in the following areas:


  • Police Analytical Thinking Inventory (PATI)

  • Written Communication Test (WCT)

  • Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP)

**Please note that it is a requirement of the Constable Selection System - All first time testers must complete all of Stage I testing on the same day**


  • Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device for Police (B-PAD)

  • Meet the Vision and Hearing standards as outlined by the Constable Selection System

  • Self Control

  • Physical Skills/Abilities

  • Communication Skills

  • Self Confidence

  • Flexibility/Dealing with Diversity

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Relationship Building

  • Achievement Oriented