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Selection Process

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Meeting minimum requirements

When applying for the position of police constable, applicants must complete and submit all required documentation before continuing in the selection process. Prior to submitting their application packages, candidates should ensure they meet the minimum requirements for the position of police constable in Ontario. 

Submitting an application

Candidates should ensure their police constable application package is complete, with all necessary documents included. Application packages that are submitted incomplete will not be processed.

Written aptitude test

Applicants may be invited to undergo written aptitude testing.

Pre-background questionnaire

Candidates meeting the criteria may be invited to complete an extensive pre-background questionnaire session. Candidates should allow approximately two to three hours to complete this stage.

Following an assessment of the completed questionnaire, applicants may be invited to an interview with York Regional Police.

Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP)

Candidates meeting the criteria may be invited to the PREP assessment session conducted by York Regional Police. Following the PREP assessment, applicants maybe invited to an interview with York Regional Police.


Applicants passing the Pre-Background Questionnaire assessment may be invited to participate in a Police Constable Selection interview. At the interview, they will be required to provide originals of documents listed on the Checklist of Mandatory Application Documents list.

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

Successful applicants in the interview phase will be subject to a police background investigation.

Psychological assessment

All police constable applicants are required to undergo a psychological assessment to assess their suitability for the position of constable.

Police background investigation

Applicants 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 applicant, as well as any additional information received from the applicant 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.

Medical examination

The final step is a thorough medical examination.

Conditional offer

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