Police Constable

Police Constable

There are two ways of becoming a Police Constable for the Thunder Bay Police Service:

  1. Direct hire as an experienced officer. If you are currently a Police Officer with another police service, you may apply directly as an experienced officer. To learn more about the process of applying as an experienced officer please visit the Experienced Officers section of our careers page here. 
  2. Cadet Program. If you are not an experienced Police Officer you may apply to our Cadet Program after obtaining the OACP Pre-Application Testing Certificate.

Cadet Program

Once the OACP Certificate is obtained candidates may apply to our Cadet Program.

Qualifications/ Minimum Requirements (must be included with application):

  • Post-secondary education from an accredited, English language institution.  Successful completion of post-secondary education can be assessed and determined by the recruitment team to allow for case by case flexibility to ensure we are selecting the best candidates. 

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Possess valid Class G Ontario Driver’s License with full driving privileges.

  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position.

  • Possess a valid CPR (Basic Rescuer Level) and First Aid.  

  • Pre-Application OACP Certificate

  • Be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity.

Cadets are assigned to a unit in our Uniform Patrol Branch and stationed at the front desk. They provide front-line support to the public, learn police duties and assist officers in the execution of those duties. They eventually become able to create calls for service and author general occurrence reports of reported incidents which don’t require a police officer to immediately attend.

After successful completion of the Cadet Program (which is approximately 1 – 2 years in duration) and successful completion of all components of the Basic Constable Training including graduation from the Ontario Police College, the Cadet would be sworn in as a Fourth Class Constable with the Thunder Bay Police Service. Police Constables are eligible to progress in classification upon achieving certain benchmarks including good conduct and favourable performance evaluation.

Click here to apply as an Experienced Officer or as a Cadet (after obtaining the OACP Certificate). You will need a resume, cover letter, proof of OACP Certification, OACP Medical Examination Form and Fitness Log.

Thunder Bay Police Service Recruitment Process

Phase 1OACP Certificate

Phase 2 – Physical test, Local Focus Interview, psychological testing. Completed at the Thunder Bay Police Service – Balmoral Street Station

Phase 3 - Essential Competency Interview

Phase 4 – Background Investigation

Phase 5 – Final review of applicant file

Once applicants have successfully passed Phase 4 Background Investigation, they will be placed into a pool and ranked for future hire. After 2 years in the pool, candidates will be required to repeat the entire recruitment process.

Click here to apply


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