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We expect a great deal from the people we select to serve the citizens of Calgary as police officers. Our members must have exemplary moral character, a high degree of personal integrity, display sound judgment, intelligent decision making, maturity and common sense.

The CPS has six core values:
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Compassion
  • Courage
The importance of having these traits cannot be stressed enough – nor can they be taught. These are the foundations of what makes a good CPS officer.
Minimum Requirements
  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent.
  • Canadian citizen, landed immigrant status or permanent resident status (living in  
  • Canada or the United States for three years).
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Class 5 Driver's license (non GDL) with no more than five demerit points.
  • Meet medical/health and fitness standards. Medical requirements self-assessment
  • No unpardoned criminal convictions.
  • No criminal charges pending before the courts.
  • No criminal activity within the last three years both detected and undetected.
  • Strong credit rating.
  • One year clear of discharge date from a bankruptcy.
Please note that these requirements are a prerequisite and you must meet them to apply. Also, remember that having the minimum requirements allow you to apply, but does not necessary mean you will be successful in our competitive hiring process.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years post-secondary education and/or consistent employment history.
  • Volunteer experience in the community.
  • Work experience involving a position of responsibility and trust.
  • Duties that involve significant interaction with the public.
  • Applied knowledge of computers, including but not limited to, MS Windows, Word, Outlook, etc., and basic typing skills.

Are you ready to apply?

This questionnaire is provided for you to assess your suitability for a career in policing. You know your strengths, skills and abilities better than anyone else.

  1. I meet the minimum requirements.
  2. My lifestyle is one that exhibits high moral character.
  3. I am able to work with all kinds of people in a variety of situations.
  4. I have self-confidence to be assertive when the situation demands it.
  5. In the face of uncertainty, I can make necessary decisions.
  6. I am the type of person who seeks out a challenge.
  7. I am physically fit, emotionally stable and responsible.
  8. I am prepared to work in all types of weather conditions.
  9. I have considered the impact that shift work will have on my home life.
  10. I am just as comfortable working alone as in a team environment.
  11. I demonstrate leadership qualities.
  12. I am willing to work shifts, including evenings, nights and weekends at any time of the year.
  13. I have no medical conditions that will limit my ability to do police work.
  14. I am able to use my own initiative and work with a minimum amount of supervision.
  15. My experience reflects an ongoing interest in serving my community.
  16. My moral, philosophical or religious beliefs would not prevent me from using deadly force if required.
If you think you are ready, or would like any more information about a career in policing with the Calgary Police Service, attending one of our monthly Information Sessions is a great way to fully prepare for our application process. You’ll get to hear a more in-depth presentation of all facets related to the application process and have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and other police officers.