Police Constable Requirements

The City of Barrie is one of North America’s fastest-growing cities. Our city has a diverse economy, education, medical and recreation facilities which are of the highest standards.

Individuals considering career choices today have many options. Choosing policing opens the door to a challenging and fulfilling future. The Barrie Police Service is a progressive-minded and technologically advanced police service and our service is always looking for highly qualified and motivated people from different backgrounds to join them as policing professionals.

To help you discover policing, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has put together an informational booklet.

Do You Have What it Takes

Basic minimum for most Police Services

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.
Police Constable Selection Requirements

The Barrie Police Service subscribes to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Constable Selection System and only resumes accompanied by a valid OACP Certificate of Test Results Certificate can be considered by the Service.

Interested candidates may contact Applicant Testing Services at 1-800-429-7728 or go online to www.applicanttesting.com for further information regarding the physical and written testing process and schedule.

Candidates must ensure they maintain a current and valid PREP Test as administered by Applicant Testing Services (ATS) throughout their application process with Barrie Police Service Achievement orientation.

Application Process


Applicants must submit a complete application package including:

Only the applicants deemed to be most competitive will be contacted and invited to attend a CSD and LFA. The CSD and LFA will last approximately 4 hours and provide applicants the opportunity to complete the Pre-Background Questionnaire and a written Local Focused Assessment which comprises a written question and answer portion and a written essay.

Applications will remain active and on file, for a period of twelve (12) months from the date it is submitted.

Applicants invited to this stage must bring the original and copy of the following items:

  1. Valid OACP certificate of results
  2. Valid Ontario driver’s license
  3. MTO drivers abstract
  4. Proof of either: Canadian Citizenship/Landed Immigrant Status/Permanent Residency Status
  5. Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent
  6. High School transcripts
  7. College/University Diplomas, Certifications, Degrees, etc.
  8. All post-secondary transcripts, even if the program was not completed

This interview will include a review of the information provided by the applicant to ensure accuracy, and further assess the applicant’s abilities to meet the local needs of the Barrie Police Service. Only the most competitive applicants will be contacted and invited to attend an LFI.

In accordance with the Constable Selection System, candidates will participate in a full Essential Competency Interview. This interview could take up to 4 hours to complete. Candidates will be advised of their results at the conclusion of the interview.

Applicants may be required to complete a written MMPI-2 test, and may subsequently be required to participate in an interview with a designated psychologist to determine if they are acceptable for a position as a police constable.

This stage involves an in-depth investigation into the applicant and all information that has been provided throughout the entire application process. Subject to satisfactory results, candidates may be offered employment conditional to receiving medical clearance.

The recruiting process is highly competitive, and the Barrie Police receive a large volume of recruit applications every year. For this reason, only the applicants deemed most competitive at each stage will be notified and advised that they were successful.

For those applicants that are not contacted, your application file will remain active for a period of twelve (12) months. Applicants are invited to re-apply from the Application Stage if no action has been taken on your file within the twelve (12) month period.

All qualified candidates can submit their COMPLETE application package by mail or hand-deliver to:

The Barrie Police Service
29 Sperling Drive
Barrie, ON L4M 6K9
Attention: Employment Unit

Phone: 705-725-7025 ext. 2758

Email: [email protected]

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