This three-hour entrance exam sits on Saturdays. A passing mark of 60% is required for police officer applicants. You will be tested on grammar, spelling, composition, comprehension, and mathematics at a Grade 12 level. The exam also includes a section on memory and short essay responses, and will be handwritten, with no spell check or calculators. Errors in spelling and grammar will result in marks deducted from your score. See a sample test and study resources.
Do the POPAT
You must successfully complete the POPAT in under 4:15. Please note that due to Covid restrictions, you are not required to do the Leger Shuttle Run at this time.
Have an interview
Two Recruiting detectives will interview you and review your integrity and lifestyle questionnaire and personal history. They assesses your integrity, problem-solving abilities, respect for diversity, community service orientation, self-initiative, and acceptance of responsibility.
You complete a written psychological assessment following a successful interview. This is not a test you can study or prepare for.
Take a polygraph exam
If you have been honest and forthcoming throughout the application process, you should have no concerns about the polygraph stage.
Have a second interview
If you are successful, you will have an interview with a Recruiting sergeant, who will determine if you move forward to a final medical examination and background investigation. You’ll review your file, and provide a personal autobiography and a list of 30 references.
A thorough background investigation by a detective from the Recruiting Unit will include interviews with your family, long-time friends, present and past employers and colleagues, neighbours, and landlords.
Have a medical examination
You will complete a medical exam by a physician contracted by the City of Vancouver. Hearing standards are assessed at this stage. Basic Function Movement testing will be done which assesses fitness, such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and flexibility.
The cost of the medical exam is approximately $480 and is paid by the applicant.
Prior to submitting your application, you must either watch the online Information Session or attend an in-person Information Session. Attending an in-person Information Session gives you the opportunity to hear directly from VPD recruiters and have your questions answered.