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Are you a motivated person with a passion for helping others and making a difference in your community? A career in law enforcement can be very rewarding, with opportunities for advancement and ongoing professional development and training.

If you are considering applying to become a Police Officer, begin by familiarizing yourself with the basic Requirements and the OACP Constable Selection system. 

Once you have an understanding of all the requirements you are ready to begin pursing your new life changing career!

Please note new recruit candidates must:

  • be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • meet the vision and hearing standards set by the Constable Selection System, visit OACP Certificate for details
  • be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, see Step 4

Six Steps of the Hiring Process

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Step 1 involves 2 actions:

  1. apply though our Application Portal to the New Recruit Police Constable job posting
  2. upload all required documents

Once you have successfully completed the two actions you will receive an automated confirmation.


Required documentation:

  • cover letter and resume
  • valid First Aid and CPR Certificates
  • high school diploma 
  • transcripts
  • valid G driver’s licence
  • the following documents obtained through OACP  
    • OACP Certificate
    • completed Police Officer Application form
    • completed Hearing Assessment form
    • completed Vision Assessment form
    • completed Constable Selection System Consent and Release Liability form

Supporting documentation that you may include:

  • post secondary diploma or degree
  • certificates/letters from community involvement 
  • certificates of achievement 
  • any other relevant documents that you wish reviewed 


After you have completed Step 1, please proceed to Step 2


Onsite Recruitment Session

After you have submitted your online application, you will be required to attend Kingston Police Headquarters to complete Step 2. Candidates that live outside of the province or in northern Ontario should contact Human Resources for alternate arrangements. 

This stage is mandatory for candidates interested in the Police Constable - New Recruit position.

This 2 hour written session includes completion of the pre-background questionnaire and a local assessment questionnaire. During this time you may also have an opportunity to meet a Kingston Police officer and ask questions about the job and/or the organization. 

Please select a date from the list below and email Human Resources with the date you wish to attend. Upon receipt of your email, your application will be reviewed to ensure all required documentation is uploaded. Your registration for the recruitment session will then be confirmed via email. 

  • no dates are scheduled at this time
  • if you have applied an email will be sent once dates are availabe



If selected for an interview:

  1. Primary Interview will be with two Sergeants, if successful then,
  2. Secondary Interview with a two senior officers

The interview panel will assess problem solving, interpersonal and oral communication skills, job motivation, community awareness, personal strengths, and the ability to critically think and respond. 

Suggestions for interview preparation:

  • prepare using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result)
  • review what the job of a police officer entails
  • practice answering interview questions
  • choose four to six strong example stories that could be used to respond to different questions
  • write down the key points and then practice your story telling
  • be sure to pick stories that have great results/outcomes
  • don’t be nervous, stay calm during the interview

You also might want to review the following information found on the Kingston Police main Website: 


Post-Interview Testing

If candidates are successful at first and second level interview, candidates move on to post interview testing which includes:

  • psychological testing and interview with psychologist
  • in-house fitness test - Shuttle Run only (Must achieve Level 7)
  • third-party medical examination
  • driving evaluation


Background Check

Final stage of process.

Comprehensive background investigation, including but not limited to:

  • reference checks: personal, work and education
  • police records checks
  • driving records
  • verification of employment history
  • verification of educational documents
  • credit history check
  • home visit


Final Selection

Successful applicants are contacted and provided with a conditional offer of employment. Conditional in terms of passing Ontario Police College (OPC) and the subsequent probationary period.

Hire date will generally be one week before OPC training begins. During the first week of hire payroll and benefits will be setup, police uniform and equipment be issued, and training in firearms and basic defensive tactics will be completed.

The first fifteen days of OPC training is held at Kingston Police Headquarters and is completed online. The remaining eleven weeks of OPC training takes place at the college in Aylmer, Ontario. Recruits are generally able to return home on weekends.

Once OPC has been completed, new recruits will be sworn in as police officers at Kingston's historic Superior Court house where family and friends are welcome for this special occasion. New recruits will then have two weeks of in-house training with various units. After in-house training is complete new recruits will be assigned to a platoon and a coach officer. 

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