Candidate Selection Process

The Victoria Police Department Recruitment and Selection practices ensure we use and maintain a consistent recruitment and selection process. These practices comply with general employment legislation such as: Collective Agreements; Workers Compensation Act; Provincial Human Rights Code; and the Employment Standards Act.

This is a general overview of the Victoria Police Department’s recruit candidate selection process. The recruit candidate process consists of a series of stages that you will have to successfully complete. The sequence of these stages may vary, but your continuance depends on successful performance of each stage. Failure to complete one stage will result in your removal as a candidate.

Assessment of honesty, integrity and ethics are an integral part of the selection process and the information you provide throughout the process will be scrutinized closely. Dishonesty, deceit, or non-disclosure of information will result in your removal from the process.

The time-frame for reply to your application will vary depending on a wide range of factors. Please note, VicPD Human Resources responds to all cover letters and resumes submitted. All submissions will be reviewed accordingly and you will be advised in due time.

1- Physical Testing – P.O.P.A.T

Before applicants submit a cover letter and resume they are required to successfully complete the P.O.P.A.T.

Applicantscan register for any official P.O.P.A.T. test at an authorized testing facility near you.

Applicants can contact the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE) directly or you can register yourself by clicking on the “register online” button for the Police Officer’s Physical Ability Test (POPAT) and lifestyle evaluation. The cost is currently $56.00.

The POPAT is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds. The POPAT results are valid for 12 months. Applicants DO NOT require an invitation from the Recruiting Section to take this test.

Click here to see the POPAT course layout.

2- Submission of Letter of Interest and Resume

All potential applicants are asked to access the recruiting@vicpd.ca email address and attach their covering letters and resumes. It is important that the cover letter demonstrates how you meet our basic requirements and why you are applying to the Victoria Police Department. Please provide your complete address, with postal code, and your valid email address. All cover letters and resumes will be reviewed and one of the two following decisions will be made:

i) You will be invited to a screening interview, ii). You will receive a letter indicating that you are not a competitive applicant at this time.

Please email your resume and cover letter to recruiting@vicpd.ca

3- Victoria Police Written Intake Exam

Upon successfully completing the P.O.P.A.T. and after the recruiting section has conducted a thorough review of the cover letter and resume candidates may be invited to write the Victoria Police Department written intake examination.

The exam assesses practical skill sets that police officers must use on a regular basis while performing their duties. The exam is divided into four modules,

  • Memory and observation skills
  • Reading comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Summarizing skills
  • Writing and editing skills

Candidates who complete the exam will be contacted by the recruiting section with an exam score.

Victoria Police Test Web Sample

4- Screening Interview

The interview is conducted by the Recruiting Sergeant. This interview is based on all of the information that the applicant has provided. This interview focuses on general suitability, life experience, integrity and assesses the next step in your hiring process.

5- Submission of Complete Application Package

You must include all requested documents as outlined in the application package. Incomplete packages will not be processed.

6- Review of Application Package

Our Human Resources Department will review your completed application package. Unsuccessful applicants will be emailed and provided feedback.

7- Follow-up Interview

This interview is based on the Lifestyle Integrity Questionnaire and focuses on your integrity, life experience and general suitability.

8- Panel Interview

Applicants who advance to this stage will be invited to an interview with a panel of police officers with varying ranks (constable, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant) and jobs within the organization. This behavioral-based interview focuses on the life skills, experience and abilities of the applicant.

9- Psychological Testing

You will be required to attend an identified Victoria Police selected psychologist office for an interview and written testing.

10- Polygraph Test

This is a continuation of the Lifestyle Integrity Questionnaire. It is administered by a trained, professional qualified in the use of a polygraph.

11- Human Resource Managers Interview

Applicants who have been identified to advance to this stage will be invited and provided with a date to attend an interview with the Human Resources Division Staff Sergeant and Manager.

12- Occupational Health Assessment

Conducted at Victoria Police Department’s expense, you will attend a health assessment company to ensure you are able to carry out the occupational requirements of the job as a constable. Successful completion of the health assessment and background investigation may lead to an offer of employment*

13- Background Investigation

An extensive background investigation is conducted with regards to references submitted and others. A police officer from the Human Resources Division contacts friends, family members, past and present employers and neighbors, and validates the candidates resume.

14-Inspector’s Interview

Applicants who have been identified to advance to this stage will be invited and provided with a date to attend an interview with the Human Resources Division Inspector.

15- Offer of Employment

The Chief Constable presents the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board with information on applicants that are being recommended for employment with the Victoria Police. The Victoria and esquimalt police board will make the final decision on offer of employment.

* Offer of employment is based on successful completion of both a background investigation and a medical examination.

The Victoria Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace