YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE!
How Do I Apply?
The application process is a detailed and extremely time consuming process to engage in – but it is designed to help us identify the very best applicants to become Calgary Police Service officers. From beginning to end, it may take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete.
Effective police officers need a strong foundation in knowledge of the law and modern community-based policing methods. You will learn portions of the Criminal Code of Canada, the Traffic Safety Act, other federal and provincial statutes and CPS departmental policies and procedures.
It goes without saying that maintaining a high level of fitness is a must, given the physical nature of police work. Being physically fit allows you to best serve the community and your fellow officers.
CPS patrol officers generally work shifts with four working days followed by four days off. Our shifts vary between 8 and 12 hours. You will switch between days and nights during your week, and have various starting times depending on the rotation.
Salary and Benefits
The CPS has a very competitive salary and benefits package. You'll start with three weeks of vacation per year (pro-rated) with the opportunity to take overtime hours as additional vacation time. Plus you’ll receive full pay and benefits while you receive training.
Submit The Application Package
Application packages are available online and at the recruiting office located at 5111 47 Street N.E., Calgary AB.
Your Application Will Be Reviewed
Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to ensure the information is complete and you will then be contacted to start the next step.
The Written Test
As per provincial guidelines, anyone interested in a policing career must write the Alberta Communication Test (ACT) and the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT).
A-PREP (Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) is the police recruit selection physical abilities test used by all municipal police agencies in Alberta.
The step involves the applicant sitting down with a file manager and reviewing in significant details their PDF document and personal history.
The Behavioural Descriptive Interview (BDI) is based on the philosophy that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. The interview is designed to evaluate the applicant’s character as it relates to the chosen competencies.
Once you pass the panel interview you will be invited to write the psychological exams. These tests take several hours to complete and are not something you can study for.
A specially trained polygraphist will conduct this examination. Please note that we conduct a pre-employment polygraph, not a criminal interrogation.
Once you reach this step in the process your file is assigned for background investigation by a retired CPS member. They will interview various people from your life, including present and past employers and colleagues, friends, neighbours, etc. They will contact people you have identified in your application package and others you have not.
It is at this stage that the entirety of your application is reviewed by your file manager and the recruiting unit Sergeant to determine suitability for recommendation for hire and competitiveness against others in the applicant pool.
It is at this stage that your file manager presents your application to a board of senior officers and recommends you for hire.
Conditional Offer of Employment
Congratulations, you are now conditionally employed as a CPS police officer!
CPS Recruit Training
CPS recruit training is a highly intense program that is both physically and academically challenging. The recruits will learn valuable tools and skills to enable them to carry out their role as a police officer when they graduate.
Have you ever thought about a career in policing, but want more information about becoming a CPS officer?
2015 Calgary Police Service Information Sessions:
- Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Women in Policing Session)
- Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2016 Calgary Police Service Information Sessions:
- Thursday January 14th, 2016 6pm-8pm (Women in Policing Session)
- Thursday, January 21st, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, February 18th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, March 17th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, April 14th, 2016 6pm-8pm (Women in Policing Session)
- Thursday, April 21st, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, May 19th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, June 16th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, July 14th, 2016 6pm-8pm (Women in Policing Session)
- Thursday, July 21, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, August 18th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, September 15th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, October 13th, 2016 6pm-8pm (Women in Policing Session)
- Thursday, October 20th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, November 17th, 2016 6pm-8pm
- Thursday, December 8th, 2016 6pm-8pm
All information sessions are held at the Calgary Police Service Westwinds Campus – 5111, 47 Street NE – EAST BUILDING - Enter via 47 Street NE off McKnight Blvd. NE
Please note that this is not an “open house“ style event but rather a presentation that starts promptly at the designated time. Please allow yourself adequate time to arrive and find parking.
Please wait in the main lobby and you will be escorted to the Lecture Hall. You do not have to pre-register. Please attend with photo ID.
How do I arrange to have CPS attend a career fair / event that I’m hosting?
In order to have the CPS Recruiting Unit attend an event, please contact the outreach officers at:
We expect a great deal from the people we select to serve the citizens of Calgary as police officers. Our members must have exemplary moral character, a high degree of personal integrity, display sound judgment, intelligent decision making, maturity and common sense.
The CPS has six core values:
The importance of having these traits cannot be stressed enough – nor can they be taught. These are the foundations of what makes a good CPS officer.
Additionally, please review the following Minimum Requirements, Preferred Qualifications and Questionnaire to determine if you are ready.
If you think you are ready, or would like any more information about a career in policing with the Calgary Police Service, attending one of our monthly Information Sessions is a great way to fully prepare for our application process. You’ll get to hear a more in-depth presentation of all facets related to the application process and have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and other police officers.
I don't live in Calgary, is there a different application process for out of town applicants?
Out of town applicants are required to come to Calgary. Once your application is received, a recruiting officer will contact you to make arrangements for you to come to Calgary at a mutually convenient time.
Please note: You are responsible for all costs associated with your travel to and from Calgary. In most cases, applicants need to be in Calgary for approximately 4 to 6 days.
How can I prepare for the written testing?
You may wish to consult an external study guide, web resources or a tutor. You also may want to attend an English as a Second Language course before registering for testing, if you are concerned about your level of proficiency in spoken and written English.
Is there a cut-off date to apply? When does the next Recruit Class start?
The CPS is always hiring. Successful applicants are considered for placement in future recruit classes and will be advised when their recruit class begins when they receive their conditional offer of employment. We are currently accepting applications.
What is A-PREP?
The Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP) is a physical skills and ability test. The CPS uses this tool for fitness screening of police constable applicants in Alberta. For more information, visit the physical requirements web page.
Will applicants be able to practice the A-PREP before attempting the test?
A-PREP orientation sessions will be offered to applicants upon successful completion of the written exams. Applicants should also review the Fit to Serve information they will be provided with. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an A-PREP Orientation session prior to attempting the A-PREP
Where can I do the A-PREP?
The A-PREP test can only be administered by or on behalf of one of the four agencies licensed to conduct testing. The four licensed agencies are the:
- Calgary Police Service
- Edmonton Police Service
- Lethbridge Regional Police Service
- Medicine Hat Police Service
The Calgary Police Service will accept the results of an A-PREP test conducted by any of the above agencies.
Who will be required to do the A-PREP?
- All Calgary Police Service (CPS) applicants will be required to pass the A-PREP.
- The A-PREP is a police recruit selection standard established for the hiring process.
- All recruits who are hired after Jan. 1, 2010 must successfully meet the A-PREP standard prior to graduating from recruit training.
How long is my A-PREP score valid for?
A-PREP test results are valid for six months.
If I fail the A-PREP can I re-do the test?
Yes. Applicants can register to re-do the A-PREP test immediately. If an applicant fails on the second test there is a two month waiting period before A-PREP can be attempted again and two month waiting period for each successive fail.
Why did the Calgary Police Service choose the A-PREP?
Applicants to the CPS are required to meet standards established by the Solicitor General and Public Security Minister. The police recruit selection standards are regularly reviewed to ensure that they accurately predict an applicant's ability to perform the complex and challenging tasks required of police constables.
Extensive research was conducted by fitness, policing and legal experts to establish an unbiased and valid test of an applicant's physical ability to perform the job of a police constable. The Ontario PREP test was identified and customized to reflect the tasks required of Alberta police officers.
The research included a comprehensive job analysis to identify the physical tasks required of a police constable to ensure personal and public safety; a comparison of the simulation tasks in A-PREP with actual policing tasks; and, the establishment of performance standards.
All of the research concluded that A-PREP is a Bona-fide Occupational Requirement of a police constable.
When did A-PREP replace PARE?
A-PREP became the recruit selection standard on Jan. 1, 2010.
How long does the application process take?
The time required to complete all stages of the selection process varies. It is also affected by your availability to attend scheduled appointments. You must be successful at each stage of the process in order to proceed to the next stage. On average, an application file with no identified issues of concern will be completed within six months.
Does the Calgary Police Service accept international applications?
No, all applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status and a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number. Applicants who have immigrated to Canada must have lived in Canada or the US for a minimum of three years in order to have a successful security clearance.
What if I do not meet the Visual Acuity Standards on the application?
If any portion of the vision standard is not met, you must attach a letter from an eye professional stating your candidacy for one of the allowable corrective procedures listed on the form and the likelihood you will meet the standard following corrective surgery.
How do I ensure I am a competitive applicant?
A competitive applicant will display a strong balance between education, life experience, work experience and a demonstrated commitment towards community involvement.
Can the Recruiting Unit arrange a ride-along with a police officer for me?
Applicants currently in the process can discuss this opportunity with their recruiting officer.
What if I have used drugs in the past, can I still apply?
All applicants must be a minimum of three years clear of any detected or undetected criminal activity. This includes past drug use. Our selection process is very thorough and includes several in-depth interviews, a polygraph examination and a background security investigation. It does not include a drug test. However, one of the criteria we evaluate candidates on is life experience. If you disclose any illegal activity, we will discuss it with you and determine whether it will preclude you from becoming a police officer with the Calgary Police Service. Complete disclosure throughout the recruiting process is crucial to a successful application.
Can I apply to the Calgary Police Service if I have been deferred from another police agencies application process?
Yes, the Calgary Police Service makes all hiring decision based on our own selection process.
If I have been charged and convicted of a criminal code offence, can I still apply?
Yes, as long as a pardon for the offence has been granted. It can take up to two years to receive a pardon. A copy of the pardon must be included when you submit your application package.
What information services are available to people who want to join CPS as a sworn member?
The CPS offers information sessions, one-on-one meetings, large group lectures, career fairs and other events to assist applicants in their pursuit of a policing career.
I haven’t found the answer to my question, what do I do now?
Remember that attention to detail and thoroughness are important skills to a police officer. Please go back and ensure to review all the different areas of our website to ensure the information you are seeking isn’t there. If you still need an answer to your question, feel free to call us at 403.428.8483, toll-free at 1.866.CPS.HIRE or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have more questions about the CPS and the application process? Please see some commonly asked questions listed below.
* Experienced Officers *
We will be offering an experienced officer class in 2016 – more details soon! For more information, please contact Cst. Dirk De Jong 403-428-8423 or DDeJong@calgarypolice.ca
Have a question about the recruiting process, or our information sessions? Call us or e-mail us a question! We'll get back to you as soon as possible.