Police Officers

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is actively recruiting for police constables. If you’re looking for a career where you can make a difference in your community, it’s time to Make It Yours. We offer recruiting information sessions for members of the public who are interested in a police constable position with the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Check our event calendar to find out about upcoming sessions. Our recruitment officers will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.  

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The Journey to Constable

Recruitment process graphic.

1.  Pretesting or Certificate of Results

We are currently accepting:

1. An OACP Certificate of Results or

2. An Applicant Testing Services (ATS) Certificate of Results which has been valid in the last 365 days.

Please visit the OACP Certificate web site for more information.

2. Application

Applications are submitted online on our Current Job Opportunities page.

3. 20 Metre Shuttle Run

This phase of the process is a physical test to determine suitability for the police constable position. The applicant will perform the Leger 20m Shuttle Run (also known as the “beep test”) and must achieve a level 7.0 to pass.  

The 20m Shuttle Run is the second part of the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) that police recruit constables undergo at the Ontario Police College. Successful completion of the PREP at the Ontario Police College is a requirement to achieve the Basic Constable Training Certificate that allows recruits to become badged Police Officers in Ontario. 


On testing day, candidates will fill out pre-screening forms and have their blood pressure and heart rate measured to ensure they are healthy enough to participate. Blood pressure must be under 160/90 mmhg and pulse under 100 bpm. Once pre-screening is complete, the test will begin. 

The test is performed to an audio track that determines the speed and cadence of the run. The test starts slow and gradually increases speed at each level. On the beep, participants run/jog 20 metres to the opposite side of the gymnasium prior to or at the next beep, at which point they touch the end line, pivot and return to the other side of the gymnasium for the next beep.

On both sides of the 20m space, there are warning lines placed 2m from the end line. The candidate must pass the warning line before the beep. If they miss the warning line at the beep, they will be cautioned by the test proctor. After two consecutive warning line faults, the test is terminated for that participant. Other grounds for test termination include 3 non-consecutive end line faults (not touching the end line).

The minimum score that applicants must achieve to meet the standard is level 7.0 on the shuttle run. 

Any score less than 7.0 is considered “does not meet standard,” and the candidate will not continue in the selection process. 

4. LFA & PBQ

The Local Focus Assessment, Pre-Background Questionnaire and Personal History Form are written, short-answer style worksheets. All three items are completed in a single appointment.  Any additional documents you would like to include can be brought in during the LFA. 

5. LFI

The Local Focus Interview is typically about 90 minutes.  The interview will ask about your policing knowledge, your commitment to the community, your learning and how you help others. The interview is based on the developmental competencies we would like to see in applicants. 

6. ECI

The Essential Competencies Interview typically can take up to three hours.  It focuses on the Essential Competencies for a police officer.  This style of interview is best done using the STAR method. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. 

7. Psychological

The Psychological Test and Interview determines your suitability to the world of policing.  There is no way to study or prepare for this stage.  Just get a good night sleep and arrive on time.  

8. Background

 The Background Investigation is where we speak with past employers, friends, family, personal references, and anyone else who we think might be able to help.  

9. Job Offer

Successful applicants will be offered conditional employment as a Police Constable, subject to passing a medical examination, and completion of the Ontario Police College.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 Why would I choose to be a Police Officer with the Waterloo Regional Police? 

WRPS is a dynamic and progressive Police Service, with a professional, diverse and a supportive workplace, in which all members are respected and their opinions matter.  WRPS is committed to ensuring that our service is reflective of our diverse community.  While working for the Waterloo Regional Police Service, your ideas will be heard and there are personal and professional growth opportunities available to all members.

 Is the Waterloo Regional Police hiring Police Officers? 

Yes, we are accepting applications for Police Constable.  We expect to continue to hire for the next few years.  Are you interested in speaking with a recruiter or learning more about Policing opportunities?  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to learn about up coming information sessions. 

 How do I make myself competitive?

We are always looking for applicants who are:

  • passionate about their community, and have a deep commitment to helping others,

  • applicants who have a desire for lifelong learning,

  • are physically active,

  • are aware of the Waterloo Regional Police and our service goals,

  • have experience working within a team environment,

  • organized and pay attention to detail,


A career in policing is primarily about one thing: working with people to ensure public safety through crime prevention and law enforcement. Police work requires that a constable be able to build relationships in the community, showing sensitivity to and concern for the needs of people from all races, cultures and backgrounds.The Police Services Act describes four key areas of responsibility for a police constable:

  • preserving the peace;

  • preventing crimes and providing assistance to others in their prevention;

  • assisting victims of crime and

  • apprehending and charging offenders and executing warrants.

In addition, a police officer is responsible for:

  • referring individuals to community services and agencies and

  • educating the public.

Police work is also demanding. A police constable must work shifts, including evenings, nights and weekends, at all times of the year. This is not a job that everyone will like, or can do well. One of the goals of policing is to reflect the diversity of the communities served. This enables police services to continually improve their capability to deliver service that is effective and responsive to the needs of the community. Police services are therefore looking for people from all backgrounds and walks of life, including people of various races, cultures, and religions. Everyone who has a strong interest in becoming a police constable, and who feels they meet the qualifications described in this information package, is encouraged to apply. For people who are truly interested in serving the needs of the community, police work is rewarding. The job challenges you each day in complex ways. Whether you are dealing with the security concerns of a store merchant, talking with a senior citizen, or befriending a group of local kids, you will find that a police constable bears a great deal of responsibility to the public. Fulfilling this responsibility will give you a sense of accomplishment and the confidence that you are making a contribution.

 What training is provided after the job offer is accepted?

Once you have successfully proceeded through the selection process, you will undergo an intensive standardized training program at the Ontario Police College (OPC) in Aylmer. This training program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the policing role in society, give you a sound knowledge of the law and procedures, and develop your skills to deal with various situations. Throughout this training program, there will be tests and then a final examination. Some of the subjects and activities covered in the training program include federal and provincial statutes, firearms, defense tactics, fire safety, cross-cultural training, police procedures, and crisis intervention. 

In addition, we provide additional training before and after the training program at OPC. You will be required to pass this training before becoming eligible for appointment as a police constable.

Professional development related to various aspects of policing will continue throughout your career.

 What are the minimum requirements to become a Police Constable?

To be considered for a career in policing, you must meet certain minimum requirements as outlined in the Police Services Act.

Specifically, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, having regard to your own safety and the safety of members of the public;
  • have successfully completed at least four years of secondary school education or its equivalent. (Note: official transcripts and diplomas will be required).Where education has been completed outside Ontario, official proof of equivalency must be obtained by contacting the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training;
  • be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity.

In addition, you must:

  • possess a valid driver's licence with no more than six accumulated demerit-points, permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges;
  • have current certification in CPR and first aid by the time the offer of employment is given;
  • be able to pass a security clearance as well as background investigation, credit and reference checks.

If you have any criminal convictions under a federal statute, you must obtain a pardon. If you have 'Findings of Guilt' which have resulted in absolute or conditional discharges, the records must be 'sealed' by the RCMP.

(This will be done automatically following one year if the absolute discharge is registered after July 24, 1992. For a conditional discharge, this will be done automatically following three years if the conditional discharge is registered after July 24,1992. Otherwise you must apply to have these records sealed.)

What can I expect after being hired?

Once you have been appointed to the rank of constable, you will progress through four classifications, from fourth class constable to first class constable. Your initial employment will include a period of probation. With good performance and availability of opportunities, you will be eligible for promotion to higher ranks.

As a police constable, you are eligible for a competitive salary. Benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental plans, life insurance plan, employee assistance programs and opportunities for professional development.

How can I get in contact with a recruiter?





Monday to Friday

7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m

519-570-9777 ext. 8506



If you require accommodation in completing the application process, or with any portion of the application process or interview, please email us at HumanResources@wrps.on.ca. Diversity through inclusion – we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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