How to be a more competitive candidate

When we are assessing an applicant’s suitability, along with the basic qualifications, we would prefer to see that an individual has some of the noted experience. An applicant could either be involved in a Police Department Community Services section such as Block Watch, Victim Services or Police Reserve program, or an applicant could volunteer in Community Services such as homeless shelters, drug and alcohol or mental health programs. Volunteering in the noted area will assist an applicant with understanding the population we police as well as provide an opportunity to make a commitment to one’s community.

The VicPD recruiting section will evaluate a candidates cover letter/resume based on 4 areas;

  • Work Experience
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Life Experience

Along with seeing that an applicant has an understanding of what a policing career is, also taken into consideration when assessing an application is an individual’s maturity and the Victoria Police Department needs and the number of quality applicants already in the process.

You should ask yourself three very important questions that will set you up for success:

  • Why do I want to be a police officer?
  • Why am I a competitive candidate?
  • Why do I want work for the Victoria Police Department?

Only you can answer these three questions. It should not be a surprise to know that these are three very predictable questions that candidates should be able to readily speak to. More importantly these three questions are the foundation to the entire selection process and you should have prepared your answers before you submit your cover letter/resume.

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