Frequently Asked Questions about Recruiting


Where can I obtain an application for employment as a Police Constable with the Ottawa Police Service?

All of the required forms are available from our Web site or through our Human Resources Department.

Will I automatically get an interview?

Not every applicant will be invited to an interview.  Constable Selection is a competitive process where applicants outnumber available positions.  Applicants' files are reviewed and assessed for ability to meet the Ottawa Police Service's organizational needs.

When should I apply?

You should apply once you have received a valid OACP certificate of results.  You also require current copies of your driver's license, as well as your CPR and First Aid certifications.

How long does it take to get hired?

This question is difficult to answer and depends upon successful completion of all of the necessary stages of the Constable Selection Process (testing, interviewing & background).  Should an applicant not be successful in any part of the selection process, there may be a required waiting period as long as one year to be eligible to try again.

Do I have to pay to attend the Ontario Police College (OPC)?

Yes, new recruits are personally responsible for paying a tuition fee of $11,065.  Details as to how the tuition will be paid need to be arranged prior to the recruit attending the OPC.  The new recruit can pay the fee in one lump sum, have payments deducted over 27 pay periods - interest free, or if required, financial assistance can be obtained from the Police Credit Union.

Do I get paid while I am in training?

Yes, new recruits are considered employees of the Service and are paid once they begin initial training with Ottawa Police, prior to attending the Ontario Police College.

Do I have to find my own living accommodations while attending Police College?

No, living accommodations are provided to all new recruits attending the college.  You are also welcome to stay on campus over the weekends.

How long will I be at the Police College?

Upon being selected and signing a job offer, the applicant will attend the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario for a period of 13 weeks.

Do I require a diploma from Police Foundations or Law and Security programs to apply or be hired by the Ottawa Police Service?

Any post secondary education is considered an asset to applicants in this competitive process; however, you do not require Police Foundations or Law and Security courses/diplomas to be considered for employment as a Police Constable.

How long does it take to get an OACP certificate?

Normally, it will take 3 to 4 weeks from the time you have completed your Bpad test to receive your OACP certificate.

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