Requirements of a CPS Officer

We expect a great deal from the people we select to serve the citizens of Calgary as police officers. Our members must have exemplary moral character, a high degree of personal integrity, display sound judgment, intelligent decision making, maturity and common sense.   We support a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace and expect our applicants to display these values.

The CPS has seven core values: Respect, Honesty, Compassion, Courage, Fairness, Accountability and Integrity. The importance of having these traits cannot be stressed enough – nor can they be taught. These are the foundations of what makes a good CPS officer.

If you think you are ready, or would like any more information about a career in policing with the Calgary Police Service, attending one of our monthly Information Sessions is a great way to fully prepare for our application process. You’ll get to hear a more in-depth presentation of all facets related to the application process and have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and other police officers.

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent.
  • Canadian citizen, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status (living in Canada or the United States for three years).
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Class 5 Driver’s license (non GDL) with no more than five demerit points.
  • Meet medical/health and fitness standards.
  • No unpardoned criminal convictions.
  • No criminal charges pending before the courts.
  • No criminal activity within the last three years both detected and undetected.
  • One year clear of discharge date from a bankruptcy.
  • Standard first aid certificate.
  • “Level C” CPR certificate.

Please note that these requirements are a prerequisite and you must meet them to apply. Also, remember that having the minimum requirements allow you to apply, but does not necessary mean you will be successful in our competitive hiring process. Some candidates may meet the minimum requirements but are not competitive, suitable or meet the core values of our organization.

The competencies that we are looking for are:

  1. Adaptability/Decisiveness
  2. Initiative/Perseverance
  3. Interpersonal Skills
  4. Stress Management
  5. Valuing Service and Diversity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education.
  • Consistent employment history.
  • Volunteer experience in the community.
  • Work or volunteer experience involving a position of responsibility and trust.
  • Duties that involve significant interaction with the public.
  • Applied knowledge of computers, including but not limited to, MS Windows, Word, Outlook, etc., and basic typing skills.

Respect


Consider another’s values, beliefs, thoughts and ideas.

We recognize that our behaviour, in the community, and at work, is grounded in human dignity. Our consideration of others in the most routine and the most trying of times is what distinguishes our place in the community. When we give respect, we earn respect.

Honesty


Be truthful in our words and actions.

We understand honesty builds upon the respect we share with one another and the community.  We are honest about the realities we face, the actions we take, and the outcomes we have.

Compassion


Show care and concern for the wellbeing of others.

We know care is given to all, regardless of circumstances. We realize that our actions towards someone, sometimes when they are experiencing their most tragic and vulnerable moments, can be life altering and they can give hope.

Courage


Face adversity and stand up for what is right.

We accept that it takes resolve to address the challenges we will face. We will always accept those as necessary steps that allow good to prevail.

Fairness


Give just and impartial treatment to others.

We acknowledge we all carry unique personal beliefs, values and attitudes. We always provide care and service that is void of judgment.

Accountability


Be fiercely responsible to the public and to each other for our actions.

We embrace the importance of answering to others, whether we work with them or for them. In doing so, we strive to always act in the best interest of our collective goals.

Integrity


Consistently practice our values and principles.

We know every decision and action must stand the test of whether it reflects our ethos and best serves our community – both internal and external. Our actions must always strive to uphold the trust we build.

Are you ready to apply?


This checklist is provided for you to assess your suitability for a career in policing. You know your strengths, skills and abilities better than anyone else.

  • I am inclusive, respectful, unbiased and a strong communicator.
  • I meet the minimum requirements.
  • My lifestyle is one that exhibits high moral character.
  • I am able to work with all kinds of people in a variety of situations.
  • I have self-confidence to be assertive when the situation demands it.
  • In the face of uncertainty, I can make necessary decisions.
  • I am the type of person who seeks out a challenge.
  • I am physically fit, emotionally stable and responsible.
  • I am prepared to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • I have considered the impact that shift work will have on my home life.
  • I am just as comfortable working alone as in a team environment.
  • I demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • I am willing to work shifts, including evenings, nights and weekends at any time of the year.
  • I have no medical conditions that will limit my ability to do police work.
  • I am able to use my own initiative and work with a minimum amount of supervision.
  • My experience reflects an ongoing interest in serving my community.
  • My moral, philosophical or religious beliefs would not prevent me from using deadly force if required.
  • I understand the recruitment process and know that it may take 3-9 months to complete the recruitment stages.