Calgary Police Service

The Calgary Police Service is hiring! Become a key player in an organization where innovation and progress are tradition, and opportunities are unlimited.

Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) is among the largest and most respected municipal police services in the country and one of the most progressive law enforcement agencies in North America. The CPS prides itself on service delivery, training and development and most importantly its people. In partnership with other agencies and the citizens of Calgary, the CPS strives to preserve the quality of life in the community by ensuring that Calgary remains a safe place to live, work, and visit.

How long have you been in business?

The Calgary Police Service was founded in 1885.

How many locations do you have in Calgary and nationally/internationally? What locations are hiring locally in Calgary and area?

We are hiring only for the City of Calgary.

How many people does your organization employ? How many locally?

Currently CPS has approximately 2100 officers and 800 civilian support staff.

What type of positions do you offer?

Full time police officers, starting at the constable level.

What are the benefits of working for your company?

Serving the citizens of Calgary, making a difference in the community. Every day is different exciting, dangerous fulfilling and rewarding all in one day.

Describe opportunities for advancement.

There are over 150 different units within the Calgary Police Service with internal/external education and training. You can choose your path and be in control of your future within the service.

List any corporate responsibility initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.

The Calgary Police Service partners with countless outside agencies and community leaders in and around Calgary. As well as strong relationships with police services throughout the country and world wide.

How would someone find out about opportunities at your company? How can a candidate apply?

Check the website or attend the information sessions held once a month at the Police headquarters. All the dates and information are found on the website.

Describe your hiring and interview process.

The first stage is a very in-depth/detailed application, which is followed by a written test, a physical test, an interview, physiological testing, polygraph, and a background check. The process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to complete.

What do you look for in an employee?

The Calgary Police Service is looking for well-rounded individuals who possess a variety of skills and personal qualities, so our hiring is based on several factors. We also have some preferred qualifications, such as having at least two years of post-secondary education and/or consistent employment history and some work experience that involves responsibility and trust.

We are looking for members with exemplary moral character, and a high degree of personal integrity. We are searching for people who display sound judgment, intelligent decision making, maturity and common sense. We also consider volunteer experience, computer knowledge, and interactions with the public as part of our recruiting process.

What type of education/training/equipment do you require?

The minimum required education to apply is grade 12. Check our website for additional requirements. Training is 6 months in length and is conducted at West winds headquarters. All uniforms and equipment are supplied by the Calgary Police Service.

What is the minimum age required to work for your company?

18 years of age is the minimum for all positions.

Provide a wage range for entry level positions.

5th class constable starting wage is approxiametely $66,000/yr.

What are the hours of the business and general shift times? Are there a minimum number of hours someone needs to work per week? Is there flexibility regarding school schedules?

Shift work is mandatory and a typical shift schedule is two days two nights, followed by four days off. Shifts can range from 10 to 12 hours. Depending on the unit, work schedules and hours can change.

Is a uniform provided or do employees have to pay for it?

Uniforms and equipment are provided to the officer at no cost.