If I have been charged and convicted of a criminal code offence, can I still apply?

Yes, as long as a pardon for the offence has been granted. A copy of the pardon must be included when you submit your application package.

Should I apply if I am not 3 years clear of detected or undetected criminal activity?

No. Your application will be rejected and you will be deferred. Three years clear of criminal activity is the minimum distance from these activities to be considered for a career in policing.