I’m a serving member of the Canadian Army Reserves - can I still apply?

Yes you can apply. Training and skills you develop in the Army transfer well into police work. Discipline, agility, intelligence and mental resilience are key components in becoming a Police Officer.


Does having tattoos negatively impact me as a candidate for the role of a Police Officer?

In short, no. Tattoos are accepted at the Service however members are expected to project a professional and unbiased image at all times when representing CPS. Members are encouraged to limit the placement of tattoos to areas that can easily be covered with the approved CPS uniform. Any tattoos deemed to be offensive, present an unprofessional appearance, or undermine the dignity and authority of law enforcement are required to be covered.


I’m a serving Canadian Forces member – can I apply?

Yes you can apply. Application from Canadian Forces is an easy transition to a new career path. Much of the training, discipline, and mental fortitude that you’ve developed during your time in the military will be of value to you as a Police Officer. Once you are through our full process, at that time you will be asked to start your release of your employment contract with the Canadian Forces.


I submitted my application on-line but haven’t been contacted by anyone – how long will it take?

The Calgary Police Service is currently facing a very high volume of applications and each application is processed individually, often causing a delay in time from when the application is submitted to when the applicant is contacted by a File Manager.

Thank you for your patience.


I haven’t found the answer to my question, what do I do now?

If you are confident that your question has not been answered by any section of our website, feel free to drop us an email at cpsrecruiting@calgarypolice.ca. Note that the email mailbox is not monitored on a daily basis, so please be patient.


I don’t have all my family’s information – how do I complete the Security Clearance form?

Provide us with as much information as you can about your father/mother/sibling, such as their date of birth and last known address. If you are unsure, please indicate that you are unsure, and include a separate page explaining the situation and that you have not had contact with him/her in several years.


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.


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: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=681&top=29


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.


Can the Recruiting Unit arrange a ride-along with a police officer for me?

Applicants currently in the process can discuss this opportunity with their recruiting officer.