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 can be considered by the Service.

Application Process


Applicants must submit a complete application package, with true original hand signatures including:

  • Cover letter and resume (outlining education, training, and experience)
  • Copy of a valid Standard First Aid, CPR Level C Certificate
  • Police Officer Application Form (Original signed copy)
  • Fitness Log and Daily Journal
    • OACP Fitness Logs and corresponding OACP Daily Fitness Journals are to be completed within three (3) months of your application submission date.
  • Copy of a valid OACP Certificate of Results
  • Constable Selection System Consent and Release of Liability Form (Original signed copy)
  • OACP Medical Examination Package
    • Vision Assessment Form – Appendix A
    • Hearing Assessment Form – Appendix B
    • Applicant Declaration, Acknowledgement and Consent Form (Only required if medical was completed prior to July 2023)
    • Medical Practitioner Appointment Invoice/Receipt (If medical was completed after July 2023)


Only the applicants deemed to be most competitive will be contacted and invited to attend a Candidate Screening Day including a Local Focus Assessment, Pre-Background Questionnaire, and a Shuttle Run. The Candidate Screening Day and Local Focus Assessment will last approximately 4 hours and will provide applicants the opportunity to complete the Pre-Background Questionnaire and a written Local Focus Assessment,  which is comprised of a written question and answer portion.

Upon signing in on the Candidate Screening Date, all candidates must submit updated OACP Fitness Logs and corresponding OACP Daily Fitness Journals for the fourteen (14) days prior to the CSD. Failure to bring your updated Fitness logs and journals with you on that date will eliminate you from participating further in the process.

Once completed, the candidates are invited to stay and participate in a shuttle run. The outcome of this result will not be a PASS/FAIL, but will be a scored component and will be used to determine a candidate’s overall competitiveness.



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 driver’s 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-3 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.



Recruits must demonstrate the ability to achieve a score of 75% on their Fitness PIN.  The components of the Fitness PIN are:

  • Push-ups
  • 2.4 km run
  • Sit and reach
  • Back extension



Subject to satisfactory results, candidates may be offered employment conditional to receiving medical clearance

The recruiting process is highly competitive, and the Barrie Police Service receives 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.

Complete applications will be accepted via:

  • Email: one (1) PDF no larger than 30 MB, containing a complete application package to [email protected]
  • Mail, courier, or hand-deliver to:
    Barrie Police Service Headquarters
    ATTN: Human Resources/Employment Unit
    110 Fairview Road
    Barrie, ON L4N 8X8
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