1. Apply Online

Application packages are available online.

Apply Online
Progress Complete 8%

2. Application Review

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to ensure the information is complete and you will then be contacted to start the next step.

Progress Complete 16%

3. Written Testing

As per provincial guidelines, anyone interested in a policing career must write the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT).

Written Test Information
Progress Complete 24%

4. Physical Testing

A-PREP (Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police) is the police recruit selection physical abilities test used by all municipal police agencies in Alberta.

Progress Complete 32%

5. Disclosure Interview

You will meet with a Recruiting officer and review in significant detail, your Personal Disclosure Form and personal history.

Progress Complete 48%

6. Panel Interview

The Behavioural Descriptive Interview (BDI) is based on the philosophy that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. The interview is designed to assess your character as it relates to the chosen competencies.

Progress Complete 40%

7. Psychological Testing

Psychological testing is intended to review your suitability as a police officer. These tests take several hours to complete and are not something you can study for.

Progress Complete 56%

8. The Polygraph

A specially trained polygraphist will conduct this examination. Please note that we conduct a pre-employment polygraph, not a criminal interrogation.

Progress Complete 64%

9. Background Investigation

Background investigators will conduct reference checks and interview various people from your life, including present and past employers and colleagues, friends, neighbors, etc. They will contact people you have identified in your application package and others you have not.

Progress Complete 72%

10. Pre-selection

Your applicant package is reviewed in its entirety to determine suitability for the CPS and competitiveness against others in the applicant pool.

Progress Complete 80%

11. Selection

The Recruiting officer will present your application to a board of Senior Officers and HR Professionals to determine suitability for hire. Offers of employment are dependent on many factors including your competitiveness against others in the pool.

Progress Complete 88%

12. Conditional Offer of Employment

You will complete a pre-employment medical and those selected as most competitive will receive a conditional offer of employment.

Progress Complete 96%

13. Final Step to Employment

Congratulations, CPS recruit training begins. This program is both mentally and physically challenging. The lessons learned here will give you the tools and skills necessary to start your career in policing. Please note that all recruits must meet a standard to graduate from training and complete their probationary period.

Recruit Training Begins
Progress Complete 100%

Ready to start the process?

The application process is a detailed and extremely time-consuming process to engage in – but it is designed to help us identify the very best applicants to become Calgary Police Service officers. It may take anywhere from three to six months to complete from beginning to end. As such, you must be mentally and physically ready to complete each step of the process before you apply. We offer several applicant resources to help potential applicants determine their readiness.

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