What if I do not meet the Visual Acuity Standards on the application?

If any portion of the vision standard is not met, you must attach a letter from an eye professional stating your candidacy for one of the allowable corrective procedures listed on the form and the likelihood you will meet the standard following corrective surgery. The visual standard and appropriate healing and medical clearance must be met prior to hiring.


I’ve completed testing in a province other than Alberta – is it recognized?

Each province has their own testing measures, and you will be required to meet the Alberta standards if you are applying to the Calgary Police Service. Our written testing consists of the Alberta Communications Test (ACT) and the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT), and our physical testing is the Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP).


I’m a serving Canadian Forces member – can I apply?

We will only accept applications from regular force members of the Canadian Armed Forces with a maximum of 6 months remaining on their agreed upon contract with the Department of National Defense. Prior to processing of your application, we will require the expiry date of your employment contract with the Canadian Forces. By taking this approach we are able to mitigate any issues that may arise from a currently serving member attempting to leave their contract early. It also gives us the opportunity to confidently bring a potential applicant forward in our selection process knowing they are ready to start at the selected class start date with no delays.

Additionally, in the event that you are able to obtain release prior to the end of your contact, we require an officially signed document from the Department of National Defense stating this and the date you have been approved to be released. This will ensure that we have a confirmed date and help us to navigate you through our process accordingly with no delays.


I submitted my application on-line but haven’t been contacted by anyone – how long will it take?

The Calgary Police Service is currently facing a very high volume of applications and each application is processed individually, often causing a delay in time from when the application is submitted to when the applicant is contacted by a Senior Staffing Specialist.

Thank you for your patience.


I received a deferral, what are my next steps?

Applicants may be deferred in the initial stages after a review for content, completeness, minimum requirements and competitiveness with other applicants. Deferrals can also take place at any stage of the recruiting process.  A deferral period will be applied and depend on the severity, frequency and recency of any identified concerns or competitiveness.

If deferred, there may be a number of reasons your application is not being considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the requirements and assess your application. The self-assessment questionnaire and preferred qualifications section may help with this self-reflection of your submission and assist you in identifying areas for improvement. Lastly, if you have disclosed involvement in criminal activity or behaviour inconsistent with our core values, this may preclude your application from being considered.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not contact every applicant who applies with us, only those that will be moving forward in the recruiting process.   If you wish to discuss how you may be more competitive, consider attending an information session.

After serving a deferral period, you may still not be successful again if you are not displaying a higher level of competitiveness.   Take the time to make self-improvements prior to applying again.

If you have received a lifetime deferral / disqualification you may provide a written appeal as detailed in the notification letter.   All other deferrals will not be appealed.


I haven’t found the answer to my question, what do I do now?

Remember that attention to detail and thoroughness are important skills to a police officer. Please go back and review all the different areas of our website to ensure the information you are seeking isn’t there. If you still need an answer to your question, feel free to drop us an email at cpsrecruiting@calgarypolice.ca. Please note the email mailbox are not monitored on a daily basis, so please be patient.


I don’t have all my family’s information – how do I complete the Security Clearance form?

Provide us with as much information as you can about your father/mother/sibling, such as their date of birth and last known address. If you are unsure, please indicate that you are unsure, and include a separate page explaining the situation and that you have not had contact with him/her in several years.


How soon can I apply to work in a specialty unit if I’m successful?

Calgary Police Service is hiring front-line patrol officers.  If you are successful throughout the recruiting process and are offered conditional employment as a police officer with the Calgary Police Service, you would be required to fulfill a minimum of 5-7 years or longer as a patrol officer, before being able to apply to specialize in other areas.


How can I prepare myself for the recruit training program?

The Recruit Training Program is a challenging program requiring planning, resiliency and adaptability.  You must maintain a high level of physical fitness when entering the recruit training and give consideration to how you will balance proper nutrition, sleep, training schedules and expectations outside of the workplace.   Recruits can better prepare themselves for the driver training program by ensuring they have experience driving, backing up and parking a variety of vehicles such as:  different size automobilies, vans and trucks.   All other direction on preparing for classes will be provided after you receive a letter of offer.


Cannabis and working with the Calgary Police Service

Positions within CPS that are classified as safety sensitive have a key and direct role in operations where impaired performance could result in a significant incident affecting the health and safety of employees or the public. Under the Police Service Regulations, a police officer shall not engage in 5(1)(b) “consumption or use of liquor or drugs in a manner that is prejudicial to duty” which includes not “reporting for duty, being on duty or standing by for duty while unfit to do so by reason of the use of alcohol or a drug” (s. 5(1)(b)(iii)). As such, sworn members who are qualified to use firearms and are able to be operationally deployed, as well as sworn police recruits, are prohibited from using recreational cannabis on or off duty.