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(2)(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.

What is an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)?

If you received your education outside of Canada, it must be assessed by a designated organization for verification of educational qualification. There are currently five designated organizations that will issue qualified applicants with an assessment certificate stating that you have met the minimum educational requirements equivalent. You can find further information on ECA reports and the designated ECA organizations here:

Can I submit RCMP vision and hearing forms with my application?

We cannot accept the RCMP vision and hearing forms as all municipal police agencies in Alberta follow provincial standards for these tests and the criteria differs from that of the RCMP. You will need to have your vision and hearing tested again using our standards and forms.

Are you accepting applications from out of country applicants?

At the present time, we are not accepting out of country applications. In order to apply, you must be a Canadian citizen, have landed immigrant or permanent resident status. AND you must reside in Canada for at least 3 years.

How do I apply for a civilian position?

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a civilian with the Calgary Police Service, you can search for job openings through the City of Calgary's website.

I don't live in Calgary, is there a different application process for out of town applicants?

Out of town applicants are required to come to Calgary for portions of testing. Once your application is received, a Recruiting Officer will work with you to coordinate testing.
Please note: You are responsible for all costs associated with your travel to and from Calgary. In most cases, applicants need to travel to Calgary more than once and/or be available for several days in a row.

How can I prepare for the written testing?

You may wish to consult an external study guide, web resources or a tutor. You also may want to attend an English as a Second Language course before registering for testing, if you are concerned about your level of proficiency in spoken and written English.

Is there a cut-off date to apply? When does the next recruit class start?

The CPS is continually accepting applications. Successful applicants are considered for placement in future recruit classes and will be advised when their recruit class begins when they receive their conditional offer of employment.