Those seeking employment with the Niagara Regional Police Service
often have similar questions about various
topics. The following are common questions
and answers that we commonly receive.
Should you require additional information, or if
you have a question that doesn't appear below,
feel free to contact us.
- Are you currently hiring?
The Niagara Regional Police Service accepts
applications year-round in order to develop a
candidate pool of which to draw upon when the
needs for hiring arise. We are currently
- Can I talk to a recruiter?
Our Recruiting Officers are available to speak
with all interested persons who wish to find
out more about a Career in Policing, or to
gain information about the hiring process. A
Recruiter can be reached during normal
business hours at (905) 688-4111 extension 5051. The receptionist will then connect
you with a recruiting officer.
- Will I automatically get an interview?
Not every applicant will get an interview. The
applications will first be screened in order
to ensure the candidates meet the minimum
qualifications as described in our Recruiting
Information link. Of those applications that
are considered, interviews will be conducted
in a timely manner, taking into consideration
the Police Service’s organizational needs.
Applications are held for a 12-month period.
- Is my age a factor
Persons interested in applying for the
position of Police Constable must be between18
and 65 years of age. This age range is a
requirement of the Police Services Act of
Ontario. As long as an applicant is successful
in the testing process, he/she can be
considered for the position of Police
- How long does it take to get hired?
There is no concrete answer to this question.
The selection process is complex and time
consuming, and therefore will take some time.
The time you submit your application in
relation to the time we are looking at hiring
will determine the length of time from start
to finish. Should an applicant not be
successful with our Service, there is a
minimum waiting period of up to 1 year.
Results of other Police Services interviews
and other areas of testing are also considered
and will determine if there is a waiting
period before you may apply here.
- Do I get paid while I am in training?
Yes. You are considered an Employee of the
Niagara Regional Police Service when you are
sent to the Police College as well as for the
pre-College orientation. You are paid as a
Cadet Constable in Training at a specified
rate of pay.
- How often do you hire?
The Niagara Regional Police Services hiring
practices are based on minimum staffing levels
as approved by the Police Service Board. Our
Service hires as the needs arise. The Ontario
Police College has 3 Recruit Class intakes
every calendar year, and the seat availability
at the College is also a determining factor of
our hiring opportunities.
- What type of Post-Secondary Education is best?
Successful candidates are those that can show
that they have a desire to learn. Police
Foundation Courses have been very helpful in
giving an accurate understanding of the nature
of Policing, however, the ongoing pattern of
learning is the key. The academic road you
choose is a personal one. For further
information in this area, please contact a
- What is an OACP certificate?
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police
has developed a guideline that Police Services
may subscribe to, known as the Constable
Selection System. The Niagara Regional Police
does adhere to this System. The certificate
that you will register and test for is
mandated by the OACP and is administered by
Applicant Testing Services. Successful
candidates will be awarded a certificate,
which is required in order to apply to the
Niagara Regional Police, or any other services
that adhere to the Constable Selection System.
- How long does it take to get an OACP certificate?
It usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks to get
your OACP certificate. The BPAD is the final
test of the 4 components and is administered
separately from the PATI, WCT, and PREP tests.
Applicant Testing Services may be reached by
phone or through the world wide web at www.applicanttesting.com
- What should I do to make sure I am ready to apply?
It is strongly urged that you consider what
your strengths are and decide if this is the
time for you to apply. A successful candidate
is one who can demonstrate a prior and
continuous commitment to learning, a prior and
continuous commitment to the community, and a
pattern of learning that you have gained
through past and present career and other day
to day experiences. The process is very
intensive and will be challenging.
- Do you have a cadet program?
The Niagara Regional Police has suspended
Cadet program until further notice.