The Hamilton Police Service is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in a rewarding and challenging career serving the Hamilton community as a Police Constable.
As an organization we are committed to reflecting the demographic we serve. We encourage applications from our diverse community, including, but not limited to, Aboriginal Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Women, Visibly Racialized Persons, LGBTQ Members, those who are able to speak another language(s) fluently, and all others committed to the call of policing as a life-changing career.
As a Hamilton Police Constable, your role will be to serve and protect in partnership with our communities. You must be able to build relationships in the community, show sensitivity to others, and demonstrate concern for the needs of all regardless of race, culture, or background. Join us as we make Hamilton the safest place to raise a child.
- Job Title: Police Constable - New Recruit
- Department: Hamilton Police Service
- Number of Vacancies: As required, due to attrition
- Union/ Non-Union: Hamilton Police Association
- Job Location: Will be rotated throughout different areas of the Service
- Hours of Work: Average of 40 hours per week (i.e. may work 36 hours one week, 48 hours the next week); must be willing to work up to 12 hour rotating shifts in a 24 hour/ day, 365 day/ year operation, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and statutory holidays.
- Salary: As of January 1, 2015, a Constable-in-Training at the Ontario Police College (OPC) earns $55,146/ annually. Upon graduation from OPC, members will become 4th Class Constables earning $64,336/ annually. As a 1st Class Constable, you can earn $91,909 to $100,183/ annually.
- Status/ Length: Regular (Permanent) Full-Time
- Improve and maintain the safety, security, and quality of life for residents of the City through the application of proactive community-based and problem-solving policing methods
- Preserve the peace
- Prevent crimes and other offences, and provide assistance and encouragement to other persons in their prevention
- Assist victims of crime
- Apprehend criminals and other offenders and others who may lawfully be taken into custody
- Lay charges and participate in prosecutions
- Execute warrants that are to be executed by police officers and perform related duties
- Perform the lawful duties that the Chief of Police assigns
Who can apply
To be considered for a Police Constable position candidates must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a Grade 12 High School Diploma, or the approved equivalent
- Have a valid Class G Driver's Licence, with no more than six accumulated demerit points, permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges
- Have a current Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Certificate of Results, including current Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) throughout the recruitment process
- Visit the Applicant Testing Services (ATS) website for further details and/ or see the Hamilton Police PREP Test on YouTube for a video demonstrating the components of the PREP test; currently serving police constables are exempt from this requirement
- Have a valid Standard First Aid certificate and valid CPR certificate (Basic Rescuer Level C) by the time you receive an offer of employment
- Be physically and mentally able to perform the job, having regard for their own safety and the safety of members of the public, and maintain a good level of physical fitness
- Meet medical, vision, and hearing standards outlined by the Constable Selection System. Review the Medical Requirements for Candidates on the Ministry of Community Safety Correctional Services.
- Vision standards are as follows:
- uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40 (6/12) binocularly (both eyes open); or
- corrected visual acuity of at least 20/20 (6/6) binocularly; and
- there are minimum requirements regarding refractive surgery, farsightedness (hyperopia), colour vision, depth perception and peripheral vision. With regards to laser surgery and Intra-Ocular lenses, acceptable, but applicants must meet specific standards.
- Hearing standards are as follows:
- hearing is acceptable if the applicant is able to hear tones at the following frequencies and related decibel levels:
- four-frequency average (500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hz) of 25 dB HL;
- thresholds at none of these single frequencies shall exceed 35 dB HL and thresholds at 4000 Hz shall not exceed 45 dB HL.
- candidates may also be required to undergo a speech recognition test as part of their hearing assessment.
- Vision standards are as follows:
- Be of good moral character and habits, meaning that they are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity
- Have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been received (applicants must obtain a pardon if they have any criminal convictions under a federal statute)
- Have strong English communication and comprehension skills; additional languages are an asset
- Pass a security clearance as well as a background investigation, which includes education, employment, personal history, credit, and reference checks, as well as a home visit
Desirable qualifications - not mandatory
- Current resident of the City of Hamilton or live within a 45 minute drive of downtown Hamilton, or have knowledge of Hamilton by virtue of having lived, attended school, or have family living in Hamilton
- Post-secondary College or University graduate
- Commitment to continuous learning/self-improvement within the past two to five years (i.e. post-secondary courses, workshops, seminars, or any ongoing personal development activity)
- Commitment to community involvement within the past two to five years (i.e. volunteering)
- Stability in work and/ or education within the past two to five years (i.e. engaged in schooling or demonstrated stability in employment)
- Strong attention to detail (i.e. do not exclude yourself as a potential candidate by submitting a poorly presented application with spelling, grammar, or accuracy errors)
Must also be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Analytical thinking
- Relationship building
- Achievement orientation
- Physical skills/ abilities
- Dealing with diversity
- For further details, please review Essential Competencies for Police Constables
All applications must be submitted online via the City of Hamilton Job Portal. If you are successful in the screening process, you will be contacted to participate in the following recruitment stages:
- Complete Application and upload your resume and OACP certificate
- HR will email you a Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) to be completed within 48 hours of receipt.
- Interview Day – You may be invited to participate in the first Interview Day at HPS. This will include:
- A written component
- An Informational Interview
- A Behaviour Based Panel Interview
- Once your first Interview Day is complete, the Background Investigation process will begin. Your transcripts, references, employment, etc. will be reviewed and validated by our Background Team. The Background process will continue throughout the process.
- You will be invited to participate in the HPS PREP test.
- A Psychological Assessment will be required.
- A Panel Interview is the final step in the process.
- Applications (i.e. cover letter and resume – all one document) are to be submitted via the City of Hamilton’s Job Posting. Please include your OACP Certificate number and PREP expiry date (or current Service and Badge number) in the top right hand corner of your cover letter.
- Email correspondence is an essential part of the recruitment process. Ensure you have included your email address, as well as your business/day phone number, your home/ evening number, and/or your cell phone numbers when you apply via the City's website and on your application, to facilitate our ability to contact you.
- There is no deadline to apply, however, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and it can take approximately four to eight weeks to process an application.
- We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates selected for testing and/or an interview will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please. We are unable to respond to all applicants.
- The Hamilton Police Service is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation for testing, interview, or employment purposes.
- We invite you to visit the Hamilton Police Service website to obtain further information on the Service, or visit our Careers section to obtain further information on career opportunities with our Police Service (e.g. Police Constable, Police Cadet, Civilian, Volunteer, and Auxiliary opportunities). Information on the Constable Selection System (CSS) can be found on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website.
- If hired, the incumbent shall comply with all Health and Safety Policies and Practices for their position and the workplace.
- By applying, you agree that the statements made by you are true, complete, and correct to the best of your knowledge. Further, you understand that any falsification of statements, misrepresentations, and/or deliberate omission or concealment of information may be considered just cause for dismissal.
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