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I don’t live in Vancouver. Do I have to attend an Information Session in person?

If you live in the Lower Mainland, you can attend a monthly Information Session, meet our recruiters, and have your questions answered.

If you live outside this region, please review this website in detail to ensure you meet the basic requirements to apply. You can then download the application and questionnaire and mail the completed package to:

Vancouver Police Department
2120 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5K 5J5

I don't live in Canada. Can I still apply?

At the current time, we are not accepting applications from outside of Canada. You must be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident to apply.

What if I don't have one (or more) of the basic qualifications to be a police officer?

If you do not meet the police officer basic qualifications then you may wish to consider applying as a Special Municipal Constable member where the qualifications are different. Special Municipal Constable positions can be an excellent stepping stone toward a future career goal of policing.

I don't have 30 post-secondary credits, but I have training in another area. Can I receive an exemption for the educational requirement?

Educational exemptions for police officer positions are only granted in rare circumstances, and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you can demonstrate that your training could be transferable to a college or university in British Columbia for academic credits, then we may consider your request. For example, some courses in the building trades might be transferable towards a university level engineering program.

In the past, we have granted exemptions for areas like military courses and paramedic training. However, these candidates also possessed several other desirable traits and life experience.

If you are still working towards obtaining your 30 credits, consider applying to be a Special Municipal Constable. You will gain relevant work experience and have a flexible schedule where you can continue your post-secondary studies.

Can I apply to be a Police Officer or Special Municipal Constable if I am colour-blind?

Unfortunately, no. Colour-blindness is an automatic medical disqualifier. You should have your eye doctor administer the Farnsworth D-15 examination, which is the test we use for visual assessments.

What if my education took place in another country?

Education gained at an institution outside of Canada must be evaluated for police officer positions. International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) can evaluate your education and compare it to Canadian standards. You need to submit your original education transcripts, as well as the evaluation by ICES with your application.

How can I get an application?

Download an application form from our website.

What is the average age of successful police officer candidates?

The average age of successful candidates is approximately 27. The minimum age to apply is 19. There is no maximum age, however, applicants who are participating in our process at an age well above our average should take into account the competitiveness of our process, which includes rigorous physical testing and a medical examination.

I ran the POPAT (Police Officers Physical Abilities Test) with another police department. Can my score transfer over?

We do not accept physical test scores from other agencies.

How do I sign up for a POPAT or COPAT drop-in?

Once you have been notified that your application has been accepted into our process, you can contact the VPD’s Athletic Therapist to arrange practice sessions at no charge. Please email rebecca.swan@vpd.ca.

What if I have used drugs in the past?

Each candidate’s experimentation is evaluated in totality and on an individual basis. Our selection process is very thorough and includes several in-depth interviews, a polygraph examination, and a background investigation. Keep in mind that one of the criteria we evaluate our candidates on is life experience. When a candidate discloses illegal activity, we will discuss the incident or activity with you. A selection committee will evaluate the activity and a disposition will be determined. Complete honesty throughout our process is crucial to a successful application.

Do I have to pay tuition to attend the police academy? How much is it?

The current tuition, $11,126.44, is set by the JIBC Police Academy. Recruits may qualify for a loan through the Vancouver Police Credit Union. You must also have a laptop computer for classes.

Should I obtain any specialized training prior to attending the police academy?

Other than CPR C and standard first aid, it is not necessary to obtain advanced training prior to your application or attendance at the police academy. For more information, please review the Qualifications for the position you are interested in.