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Selection Process

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Written aptitude test

Applicants may be invited to undergo written aptitude testing.

Pre-background questionnaire/Shuttle run

Applicants may be invited to complete an extensive pre-background questionnaire session followed by a shuttle run. Applicants should allow approximately two to five hours to complete this stage.

Candidates are expected to achieve a minimum of Level 7 when performing the shuttle run to be eligible for the next step of the process.

If an applicant is unsuccessful in achieving Level 7, they may be granted an opportunity to retest. Candidates will be given information about retesting at that time.

Practicing the shuttle run at home

For tips on how to practice and record the shuttle run at home, check out our video on YouTube.

Values-based hiring interview

Candidates passing the pre-background questionnaire assessment may be invited to participate in a police constable selection interview. At the interview, candidates will be required to provide originals of documents listed on the Checklist of Mandatory Application Documents, included in the application package.

Candidates are expected to have knowledge of York Regional Police and the Region of York. They will be required to articulate their life experiences, skills and abilities as detailed in their application and pre-background questionnaire. Additionally, they will be assessed based on their demonstrated behavior, showing a commitment to our shared values.

Candidates successful in the interview phase will be subject to a police background investigation.

Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP)

Candidates meeting the criteria may be invited to a Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) session conducted by York Regional Police.

Please note: A candidate may be invited to a PREP session during any stage of the process.

Psychological assessment

After a successful interview, candidates may be invited to undergo a psychological assessment to assess their suitability for the position of constable.

Police background investigation

Candidates successful in the interview phase will be subject to a comprehensive police background investigation. The background investigation will include verification of information provided by the candidate, as well as any additional information received from the candidate during the selection process.

Security checks and reference checks will be conducted during this phase.

Background officers will conduct both a home and place of employment visit for each candidate. The investigating officer will produce a comprehensive report detailing the background investigation.

Please note: Background investigations typically take two to six weeks to complete, though investigations may take longer depending on circumstances.

Driving assessment and fitness PIN

During the initial stages of the background investigation, candidates will be scheduled to complete a driving assessment. Additionally, candidates are required to obtain the police fitness PIN. 

For more information on the fitness PIN, visit the Police Fitness Personnel of Ontario website.

Medical examination

The final step is a thorough medical examination.

Conditional offer

Candidates approved by the chief of police and deemed the most competitive may be extended a conditional offer of employment.