Employment with Chatham-Kent Police Service
Above (left to right): Constable Shawn Hoskins and Constable Nicole Iles during their Swearing-In Ceremony.
Requirements for Police Recruits
Applicants for the position of Constable with the Chatham-Kent Police Service must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
- Police Constable applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
- Be of good moral character and habits. (A pardon must have been obtained for any criminal convictions.)
- Hold an Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma (Grade 12), or an approved equivalent. (Post secondary education is preferred)
- Must possess a current Ontario driver’s license. (maximum six demerit point accumulation)
- Pass the medical, physical, aptitude and visual tests to determine that the candidate is physically and mentally able to perform the duties of police officer, having regard to his or her own safety and the safety of members of the public, including specific requirements as follows:
- Height/Weight Ratio: weight must be proportionate to height
- Vision Requirements: uncorrected 20/40 correctable to 20/20 Colour Vision. Candidates will produce an eye examination certificate from a qualified medical practitioner or optometrist both corrected and uncorrected vision as well as the status of colour vision.
- Applicants must provide an O.A.C.P. Constable Selection System Certificate of Results. This certifies that the holder successfully completed Step 6 of a police constable pre-interview screening procedure that is recognized and sponsored by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The O.A.C.P. has engaged an independent firm, Applicant Testing Services, Inc. (ATS) to conduct this screening procedure. Details of the testing and scheduled test dates can be found on the ATS website, http://www.applicanttesting.com/policing.
- Applicants must produce current certificates in Standard First Aid and CPR.
- Provide information during selection process including:
- Birth Certificate
- Current Drivers License
- Education Documents
- Names, complete addresses and telephone numbers of four persons not related by blood or marriage and over the age of 25, from whom references may be obtained
- Names and addresses of immediate relatives over the age of 16 years.
- Complete all prescribed forms including consent for release of medical, educational and employment information.
- Present for aptitude tests, physical tests and several interviews as required.
12. Be subjected to an intensive background investigation.
13. Take an Oath of Office and Oath of Secrecy.
CKPS Recruit Selection Testing
The Chatham-Kent Police Service strives to attract, identify and hire the best available candidates and thereby ensure those candidates will contribute to the professionalism of our organization. The CKPS Recruit Selection Testing is an important component of our selection process as it assists us to identify those best candidates.
The testing consists of three components; a multiple choice Aptitude Test, a Physical Test and a Written Communication Test (essay). Candidates must achieve at least the minimum pass mark for each component to proceed to the next test component.
1. CKPS Aptitude Test
The CKPS Aptitude Test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. There are questions in each category of arithmetic, word problems, vocabulary/analogies and situational reasoning questions. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 35 correct answers. Examples of the types of questions are as follows:
Arithmetic example questions:
- 8.63 + 5.32 + 5 x 1.1 = X. Which of the following equals X?
- If someone spent 25% of their monthly paycheque on a mortgage payment and their mortgage payment is $1125.00 per month, how much is their paycheque?
Word Problem example questions:
- In the first 6 months of 2006, Chatham-Kent police officers wrote 15,170 tickets for speeding. In the same period, the other 18% of the tickets written were for other Highway Traffic Act offences, Liquor Licence Act offences and for offences for other provincial statutes. How many tickets were issued in the first half of 2006 by Chatham-Kent police officers?
- On C Platoon there is one female constable for every 7 male constables. Including the staff sergeant and two sergeants, all of which are male, there are 27 police officers on C platoon. How many male constables are on C Platoon?
Vocabulary / Analogies example questions:
- When writing a ticket, making a spelling mistake on the address is inconsequential as far as the implications on whether the ticket will be quashed. In this context, inconsequential most closely means:
For the following analogy, attempt to identify the connection between the two stem words and locate a similar relationship among the answer pairs.
- knife : cut
- cloth : bucket
- lock : key
- bat : baseball
- axe : chop
Situational Reasoning example question:
- When you arrive at the scene of a motor vehicle collision at a major intersection you are confronted with the following scene:
Traffic has come to a stop and is backed up a two full blocks; four witnesses advise they saw the accident but need to head off to work; an injured driver is trapped in his car and bleeding profusely from a severed artery; the other car has struck a utility pole and caused a power outage and the traffic lights to go out; fire and ambulance personnel are having difficulty getting to the scene and a fellow officer sent to assist you will be another three minutes before she arrives.
Select the answer which best describes your immediate response.
- You quickly write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of the witnesses and then start directing traffic so that fire and ambulance crew can get to the scene and assist the injured driver.
- You radio to Headquarters that the power is out and provide the number of the utility pole that was struck so that they can best determine how to get power rerouted and then take statements from the witnesses.
- You compress the injured driver’s artery to stop the bleeding until the arrival of the ambulance or other personnel qualified in first aid.
- You radio Headquarters and advise that you will need two tow trucks, that the assisting officer will be tied up directing traffic, that you require an additional officer to assist with taking statements and that the ambulance crew should do whatever they can to get to the scene quickly to assist the injured driver.
2. CKPS Recruit Physical Test
Those who successfully complete the aptitude testing are eligible to do the CKPS Recruit Physical Test. The test has six components which focus on different areas of physical fitness including muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, speed and cardiovascular conditioning. The first four components are done indoors at our training centre, while the last two components are conducted on an outside track.
Those invited to participate should ensure that they bring proper attire for the weather. Time and facilities to shower after the test are provided.
The components of the test are outlined in the CKPS Recruit Physical Testing Components & Scoring document.
3. CKPS Written Communication Test
Those candidates who successfully complete the physical testing are eligible to write the Written Communication Test. This test consists of an essay to be written on a topic provided at the time of the test. The focus is primarily on the written communication skills instead of on the knowledge or experience of the candidate. The essay is hand written and must be legible. The candidate is given a time limit of one hour and should write an essay of a minimum of two pages.
Moving On to Interviews
Those candidates who successfully complete the three components of the CKPS Recruit Selection Testing are then considered for advancement through the selection process. Recruiting personnel create a short-list of top prospective candidates considering their testing scores and resume information. Those short-listed are invited to a Preliminary Selection Interview and then potentially to the Selection Panel Interview as outlined in the Recruiting for Police Constable Positions document.