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Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can apply for a position as either a New Recruit or an Experienced Officer. Please visit either of these linked pages to obtain an application form, along with more information on how to properly complete your application.

What happens if I don't submit all of my documents when I fill out my application? Can I return and update my file, or send you my missing documents?

No. You will need to gather all of your supporting documents in either .pdf or electronic versions to submit at the time that you fill out your application. Failing to do so will result in your application being screened out and you will be restricted from re-applying for a full year.

Will I automatically get an interview?

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

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 $14,850*.  Details as to how the tuition will be paid need to be arranged prior to the recruit attending the Ontario Police College and will be discussed at the on-boarding phase of the recruit process.

*Content last updated December 24, 2020 and rates are subject to change.

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?

You do not require Police Foundations or Law and Security courses/diplomas to be considered for employment as a police constable. However, any post-secondary education is considered an asset to applicants in this competitive process.