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    Experienced Officers


    If you are a current serving police officer, or have been a police officer in the past, and would like to continue your passion for serving your community, the Ottawa Police Service is the organization for you.  If you have what we are looking for, we welcome the opportunity for you to demonstrate your strengths.


The Ottawa Police Service strives to be a progressive and inclusive employer and is continually making investments in advancing equity in our hiring process in order to fulfil the changing needs of our community.

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Experienced Officer 2023 14-Mar-2023

Application requirements

Applicants with previous Canadian policing experience, who are in good standing with their current service, and who have completed a probationary period or equivalent as set out in the Ontario Police Services Act Section 44 (1) and (4), may apply to the Ottawa Police Service as an experienced officer.

 Your application must include:

  • A cover letter and detailed résumé
  • A valid fitness test for the current year (we accept PIN, PREP, ESAP, PARE, A-PREP, POPAT)
  • Emergency First Aid and Level C CPR certification
  • A copy of your Basic Constable Training diploma from the Ontario Police College. If you are a police officer serving outside the Province of Ontario, a diploma from a recognized Police Academy is required (BC Justice Institute, Edmonton Police Service, Calgary Police Service, Saskatchewan Police College, Winnipeg Police Service, École nationale de police du Québec, Atlantic Police Academy, or RCMP.)

Police officers serving outside of Canada and Military Police Officers do not qualify for our experienced officer process. Please consider applying as a new recruit

Please Note:

  • All supporting Documentation must be submitted at the time of application.  Failure to submit a complete application will result in your application being screened out of the process.  
  • The successful completion of any phase of the selection process does not guarantee proceeding to the next phase.
  • The Ottawa Police Service is an equal opportunity employer, and readily acknowledges that a diverse population is best served by similar diversity of police and civilian membership.
  • Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required.  Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.   Candidates must make their needs known in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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    Employee Stories

    "Policing is undoubtedly a calling; you really have to want to do it.  It is hard.   Having a supportive network of family/friends and colleagues as well as coping strategies for stress is essential.  But if you are conscientious, kind, and genuinely care about people, then this job is for you!"

    - Megan Arbthnot

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    Employee Stories

    "I'm proud to wear my uniform everyday to serve my adopted community, to continue the legacy of the brave Police Officers who have served before me."

    - Phong Le