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.

What is A-PREP?

The Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP) is a physical skills and ability test. The A-PREP is the provincial standard for fitness screening of police constable applicants in Alberta. The two components of the A-PREP are a pursuit restraint circuit and a shuttle run. Applicants will have to pass both components, on the same day, to pass the A-PREP.
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Will applicants be able to practice the A-PREP before attempting the test?

Free A-PREP orientation sessions are offered to all applicants. Attending an A-PREP Orientation session is strongly encouraged for all applicants prior to attempting the A-PREP. Orientation sessions will provide applicants with an opportunity to use all the A-PREP equipment, including the ability to run the shuttle run. Applicants will receive feedback and coaching from CPS fitness unit staff during these sessions.

During each A-PREP test session applicants will be provided 10 minutes to refamiliarize themselves with the A-PREP equipment before the test starts.

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