VicPD A safer community together.

Honour Through Service

As a member of the Victoria Police Department, you will join a team of committed and caring professionals. You will work in an organization driven by collaboration, excellence, and innovation. You will be supported as you grow and learn, and you will discover the rewards to be found in a profession that is unlike any other. Every day, you will be challenged to find the best in yourself as you keep people safe and serve our vibrant and growing communities.

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Benefits and Wages

The Victoria Police Department officers a very competitive salary structure and comprehensive benefits.

Competitive Salary

Starting Salary
Probationary Constable
$70,158

Salary Increases

Regular salary increases
in each of the first 5 years

Benefits

Include basic and
extended health,
dental and vision care

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How to Apply

The Victoria Police Department uses a consistent recruitment and selection process. Our practices comply with general employment legislation such as: Collective Agreements; Workers Compensation Act; Provincial Human Rights Code; and the Employment Standards Act.
There are many ways to join us and get involved in making Victoria and Esquimalt safer. We offer sworn and civilian roles in both volunteer and paid positions.

Choose a category.

Duties of a Constable

Police work involves significant responsibility, diversity and complexity in both preventing crime and enforcing a wide variety of Federal and Provincial laws, and Municipal bylaws. Police officers are expected to anticipate, discover and investigate crime, recommend charges and the effectively deliver evidence to the courts.

Police work also requires protecting life and property and the application of complex investigative techniques and methods, which are complicated by departmental policy, diverse legal and evidentiary rules and procedures. All of these must be accomplished within the scope of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Police officers are frequently exposed to danger, injury, disagreeable working conditions and difficult and challenging social elements and surroundings. Police work requires the exercise of a high degree of discretion, tolerance, tact, integrity, and ethical conduct.

Policing also requires initiative, flexibility, social conscience, intelligence and effective judgment in resolving a wide range of problems at all levels of society. These problems involve criminal, Provincial or Municipal bylaw violations, child and spousal abuse, alcoholism, mental health issues, cultural issues and labour and political disputes.

Situations police officers are expected to deal with are frequently violent, unpredictable, and stressful. Officers are often required to act without supervision and are accountable for decisions and actions to supervisors, the courts, and the public. Police officers responsibilities to the department and the public apply on a twenty-four hour basis, both on and off duty. Officers performance and conduct are evaluated by both supervisors and the public perception. In addition, performance may be reviewed by courts of criminal and civil jurisdiction and also be subject to review by a variety of internal and external professional conduct tribunals which incorporate a citizens complaint procedure.

The Victoria Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace

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The Victoria Police Department uses a consistent recruitment and selection process. Our practices comply with general employment legislation such as: Collective Agreements; Workers Compensation Act; Provincial Human Rights Code; and the Employment Standards Act.

Assessment of honesty, integrity and ethics are an integral part of the selection process and the information you provide throughout the process will be scrutinized closely. Dishonesty, deceit, or non-disclosure of information will result in your removal from the process.

The length of the application process varies depending on a wide range of factors but generally takes between 6 – 12 months. VicPD Human Resources responds to all cover letters and resumes submitted. All submissions will be reviewed accordingly and you will be advised in due time.

Please note that these are basic qualifications only. Many of our candidates exceed these.

  • Minimum age 19 years
  • No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Valid Basic First Aid Certificate and CPR
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (minimum 2 years)
  • Visual acuity
    1. Must have unaided vision of not less than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye;
    2. Vision should be correctable with approved vision aide to a minimum 20/20 both eyes open with no one eye poorer than 20/30;
    3. Colour vision must pass the Ishihara test;
    4. Note: Applicants having corrective laser surgery must wait three months post -surgery before applying
  • Hearing requirements: Must have no greater loss than 30 db in both ears in the 500-3000 Hz range
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Post-Secondary (two years post-secondary preferred)
  • Valid Drivers Licence (Minimum class 5).
  • Computer skills and demonstrated keyboarding ability required
  • Demonstrated fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Meet the medical requirements of the Victoria Police Department
  • Demonstrated commitment to the community through volunteer experience
  • Maturity derived from varied life experience
  • Demonstrated responsibility, initiative, creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to people whose culture, lifestyle or ethnicity is different than your own
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to successfully undergo an extensive background investigation involving workplace, personal, financial and neighborhood enquiries

The Victoria Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace

Cover Letter and Resume

All potential applicants are asked to submit cover letters, resumes, and proof of POPAT. All applicants will be required to provide your complete address, with postal code, and your valid email address. Applications will not be accepted without a valid POPAT score.

It is important that the cover letter demonstrates how you meet our basic requirements and why you are applying to the Victoria Police Department, especially if you are living out of jurisdiction. Please provide your complete address, with postal code, and your valid email address. All cover letters and resumes will be reviewed and one of the two following decisions will be made:

  1. You may be invited to write the Ethos exam,
  2. You will receive a letter indicating that you are not a competitive applicant at this time.

Physical Testing – POPAT

Before applicants submit a cover letter and resume they are required to successfully complete the POPAT. Applicants can register for any official POPAT test at any authorized testing facility near you. There are many sites in BC and at least one in Alberta. Locally, applicants can contact Sheepdog Self Protection or Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE).

The POPAT is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds. POPAT results are valid for 12 months. Applicants DO NOT require an invitation from the Recruiting Section to take this test. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT POPAT CERTIFICATE WILL BE REJECTED.

IF THE POPAT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR JURISDICTION: you may take the PARE test used by the RCMP after getting permission from the Recruiting Sergeant as a temporary measure in order to submit your cover letter and resume. Attendance at a POPAT testing facility in BC will be required as part of one of your trips to Victoria.

Format for Testing
Testing participants are tested for resting heart rate and blood pressure measurements prior to the test and upon the completion of the test.

POPAT testers will provide a full, concise explanation of the components as they are stated in the POPAT testing protocol. Testing participants will be provided with a visual demonstration of each component.

Time will be made available to allow candidates enough time to experience and practice or learn all requirements of the test. Following this practice portion, if a testing candidate feels they are not prepared to run the test, they have the opportunity to notify a tester and they will be officially withdrawn from the test.

Click here to see the POPAT course layout.

ETHOS Written Exam

Candidates may be invited to write the Victoria Police Department written examination after the recruiting section has reviewed your cover letter and resume.
The exam assesses practical skill sets that police officers must use on a regular basis while performing their duties. Exams sessions are held periodically throughout the year. The exam is divided into four modules:

  • Memory and observation skills
  • Reading comprehension and critical thinking skills
  • Summarizing skills
  • Writing and editing skills

Candidates who complete the exam will be contacted by the recruiting section with an exam score.
Please advise Recruiting if you have passed the ETHOS exam for another BC agency within the past three years. Your score is still valid.

An example of the ETHOS exam can be found here

Screening Interview

This interview is conducted by the Recruiting Sergeant and is based on all of the information that the applicant has provided. This interview focuses on general suitability, life experience, integrity and assesses the next step in your hiring process. You do not need to prepare anything for this interview.

Application Package

If you are deemed suitable you will be given access to the application package. You must include all requested documents as outlined in the application package. Incomplete packages will not be processed.

Panel Interview

Applicants who advance to this stage will be invited to an interview with a panel of police officers with varying ranks and jobs within the organization. This behavioral-based interview focuses on the life skills, experience and abilities of the applicant. Applicants should prepare answers using the STAR format. More information will be provided during your screening interview.

Psychological Testing

You will be required to attend an identified Victoria Police selected psychologist office for an interview and written testing. This is paid for by VicPD.

Polygraph Test

This is a continuation of the Polygraph Integrity Questionnaire that is part of the application package. It is administered by a trained, professional qualified in the use of a polygraph.

Applicants who have been identified to advance to this stage will be invited to attend an interview with the Human Resources Division Staff Sergeant and civilian HR Manager.

Occupational Health Assessment

Conducted at Victoria Police Department’s expense, you will attend a health assessment company in Vancouver to ensure you are able to carry out the occupational requirements of the job as a constable.

Background Investigation

An extensive background investigation is conducted with regards to references submitted and others. An investigator contacts friends, family members, past and present employers and neighbors, and validates the candidate’s resume.

Inspector’s Interview

The final interview with candidates who have succeeded in the previous stages is with the Human Resources Division Inspector.

The Chief Constable or designate makes the final decision on offer of employment.

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How to Be a More Competitive Candidate

Your cover letter/resume will be evaluated based on 4 areas;

  • Work Experience
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Life Experience

Applicants need to demonstrate their understanding of a policing career.  The success of candidates depends on their competitiveness, the current needs of VicPD and the number of quality applicants already in the process.

You should ask yourself three very important questions that will set you up for success:

  • Why do I want to be a police officer?
  • Why am I a competitive candidate?
  • Why do I want work for the Victoria Police Department?

Only you can answer these three questions. More importantly these three questions are the foundation to the entire selection process and you should have prepared your answers before you submit your cover letter/resume.

If you are not currently in a field related to policing, we would prefer to see that an individual has some related volunteer experience. An applicant could either be involved in a Police Department Community Services section such as Block Watch, Victim Services or Police Reserve program, or an applicant could volunteer in Community Services such as homeless shelters, drug and alcohol or mental health programs. Volunteering in the noted area will assist an applicant with understanding the population we police as well as provide an opportunity to make a commitment to one’s community.

Recruit Training

Candidates hired by VicPD are sworn in prior to commencing recruit training and earn Probationer Constable wages and benefits. Prior to attending the training, recruits do a full block ride along on a patrol shift.

Justice Institute of BC (JIBC)

All municipal constables train at the JIBC in New Westminster, BC.

Recruit training is separated into three blocks

  • Block 1 (13 weeks): completed at the JIBC
  • Block 2 (18-22 weeks): recruits return to VicPD and work on a patrol shift (2 days/2 nights/4 off) under the supervision of a Field Trainer
  • Block 3 (8 weeks): completed at the JIBC

Accommodation while you are in Block 1 and 3 at the JIBC is provided by VicPD and you are paid a per diem allowance to cover meals.

The JIBC has three recruit classes a year which start in January, May and September.

Cost & Fees

The following is a list of costs you can expect to incur during the recruiting process. The Victoria Police Department does not offer any reimbursement for any of the costs, and you can be removed at any point during the application process.

  • Medical exam
  • Vision Exam
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Hearing Test
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Basic First Aid and CPR
  • POPAT

In addition, you will be responsible for tuition fees at the JIBC.  To assist you with tuition, VicPD offers a low interest loan with payroll deduction payments.  You will also need a laptop computer with specific software to attend the JIBC. The JIBC is an accredited post-secondary institution therefore tuition is tax deductible.

As a member of the Victoria Police Department you will experience the challenges and rewards of big-city policing in a vibrant smaller city.

A year-round tourist destination for millions of visitors, Victoria offers average temperatures between 4C and 24C. Rather than dealing with cold and snow in the winter, or heat and humidity in the summer, you will be working in a city where mild ocean breezes keep the air clean, yet excellent skiing is a few hours away at Mount Washington. Victoria is a bike-friendly, walkable, fitness-oriented community where outdoor recreation of all kinds is close by.

As a member of our Department, you will join an organization with a demonstrated commitment to member health and wellness. You will learn from our progressive firearms and control tactics instructors, and deploy with the right equipment for the job. You will also have the opportunity to use your expertise in our many specialty sections, and on secondments to external integrated units.

As an experienced officer, you will also have your years of service recognized for salary level and for and vacation allotment. We invite you to join our family in Victoria.

Please contact our Recruiter for more information.

The Victoria Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace

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To be eligible as an Exemption (experienced) candidate, an applicant must:

  • Be a current serving Regular member of a Canadian police force whose training and standards are equivalent to those of a B.C. Municipal police force,
  • Previous Police Experience: 1 year minimum, 3 years preferred after graduation from police recruit training program, and
  • Possess knowledge, skills and experience at least equivalent to that of the British Columbia Peace Officer’s Basic training program.

NOTE: Canadian Forces Military Police, Fishery Officers, CN Police and other peace officers do not qualify for exemption granted by Police Services (Government of British Columbia) and must join VicPD as recruit constables and complete all JIBC recruit training.

The Victoria Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in the workplace

Cover Letter and Resume

All potential applicants are asked to submit cover letters, resumes, and proof of POPAT. All applicants will be required to provide your complete address, with postal code, and your valid email address. Applications will not be accepted without a valid POPAT score. It is important that the cover letter demonstrates how you meet our basic requirements and why you are applying to the Victoria Police Department, especially if you are living out of jurisdiction. Please provide your complete address, with postal code, and your valid email address. All cover letters and resumes will be reviewed and one of the two following decisions will be made:

  1. You will be invited to a screening interview,
  2. You will receive a letter indicating that you are not a competitive applicant at this time.

Human Resources Division will contact the applicant to arrange the necessary appointments. Wherever possible, appointments will be booked in such a way as to minimize travel for out-of-town applicants. However, applicants from out of town should expect to make at least two trips to Victoria.

Physical Testing – POPAT

Before applicants submit a cover letter and resume they are required to successfully complete the POPAT. Applicants can register for any official POPAT test at any authorized testing facility near you. There are many sites in BC and at least one in Alberta. Locally, applicants can contact Sheepdog Self Protection or Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE).

The POPAT is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds. POPAT results are valid for 12 months. Applicants DO NOT require an invitation from the Recruiting Section to take this test.  APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITHOUT POPAT CERTIFICATE WILL BE REJECTED.

IF THE POPAT IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR JURISDICTION: you may take the PARE test used by the RCMP after getting permission from the Recruiting Sergeant as a temporary measure in order to submit your cover letter and resume.  Attendance at a POPAT testing facility in BC will be required as part of one of your trips to Victoria.

Format for Testing

Testing participants are tested for resting heart rate and blood pressure measurements prior to the test and upon the completion of the test.

POPAT testers will provide a full, concise explanation of the components as they are stated in the POPAT testing protocol. Testing participants will be provided with a visual demonstration of each component.

Time will be made available to allow candidates enough time to experience and practice or learn all requirements of the test. Following this practice portion, if a testing candidate feels they are not prepared to run the test, they have the opportunity to notify a tester and they will be officially withdrawn from the test.

Click here to see the POPAT course layout.

Screening Interview

The interview is conducted by the Recruiting Sergeant. This interview is based on all of the information that the applicant has provided. This interview focuses on general suitability, life experience, integrity and assesses the next step in your hiring process. You do not need to prepare anything for this interview.

Exemption Exam

This exam is:

  • Two hours in length
  • Multiple choice in nature
  • Straightforward, with little emphasis on memorization

Study material will be provided to the candidate for the purpose of studying for the written Provincial Exemption Exam. Upon successful completion of the examination, the Victoria Police Department will continue with the exemption hiring process. The exemption exam can be written at the Victoria Police Department or at the experienced candidate’s home department under the supervision of a sponsor.

*Members serving with a BC Municipal police force (who were trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia), or members of the RCMP who have spent a minimum of two years serving in BC, are not required to write the exemption exam.

Application Requirements

If you are deemed suitable you will be given access to the application package. You must include all requested documents as outlined in the application package. Incomplete packages will not be processed.

A complete application MUST include:

  • Certificates verifying basic police training
  • All Certificates of police related training
  • Two letters from present or previous supervisors indicating abilities as a police officer
  • Performance appraisals for the last three years, longer if possible
  • Three examples of police investigations conducted, impaired driving, break and enter, etc. The three examples should deal with a range of investigations (i.e. not all impaired driving)

Panel Interview

Applicants who advance to this stage will be invited to an interview with a panel of police officers with varying ranks and jobs within the organization. This behavioral-based interview focuses on the life skills, experience and abilities of the applicant. Applicants should prepare answers using the STAR format. More information will be provided during your screening interview.

Psychological Testing

You will be required to attend an identified Victoria Police selected psychologist office for an interview and written testing. This is paid for by VicPD.

Polygraph Examination

This is a continuation of the Lifestyle Integrity Questionnaire that is part of the application package. It is administered by a trained, professional qualified in the use of a polygraph.

HR Interview

Applicants who have been identified to advance to this stage will be invited to attend an interview with the Human Resources Division Staff Sergeant and civilian HR Manager. The format is similar to the Panel Interview and applicants should prepare answers using the STAR format.

Occupational Health Assessment

Conducted at Victoria Police Department’s expense, you will attend a health assessment company in Vancouver to ensure you are able to carry out the occupational requirements of the job as a constable.

Background Investigation

An extensive background investigation is conducted with regards to references submitted and others. An investigator contacts friends, family members, past and present employers and neighbors, and validates the candidate’s resume.

Inspector’s Interview

The final interview with candidates who have succeeded in the previous stages is with the Human Resources Division Inspector.

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Experience officers do not need to attend the JIBC for training.  In house conversion training will take one to two weeks and will cover topics such as VicPD policies and procedures, PRIME (computer) training, firearms and use of force certifications.  Following the training, new experienced officers will be assigned a partner on patrol until they are comfortable operating in the city and department.

Pension Transfer

Some pension plans are transferable to the BC Superannuation plan. For more information, please visit the BC Pension website.

Out of country applicants, both serving members and new recruits.

Current serving police officers from outside of Canada do not qualify as an exempt officer candidate. Non-Canadian police officers would enter into the candidate selection process as a new recruit.

New recruit applicants from outside of Canada must have Permanent Residence/Landed Immigrant status for a minimum period of 2 years to apply. Government of Canada

Our recruiting process is lengthy and includes an extensive background investigation where a member of our organization conducts face to face interviews with your past employers, family, friends and anyone we feel would provide important information. This process can be very difficult if an applicant is residing outside of Canada, due to the inability to access information and references in a timely manner. The distance for us to travel is quite significant and would be costly for us to travel so it is not likely that we would go that far to do a background. The process of recruiting applicants is a competitive one and we give preference to people who have been residing and gaining work experience in Canada for the last two or more years.

Many people who reside outside of Canada who are interested in applying to become an officer, have more success with larger Canadian police departments, who have the resources to process these applicants.

Job Description and Duties

Volunteer Program Overview
The overall goals of the VicPD Community Engagement Volunteer Program are to support the Victoria Police Department’s crime prevention objectives, and to be a part of building strong community connections. By fostering a positive relationship between the community members and the Victoria Police Department (VicPD), our volunteers help to keep our communities safe.

Our diverse Community Engagement Volunteer Team includes individuals of various ages and backgrounds. Some are students, office workers and retirees who are looking for a stimulating volunteer opportunity that allows them to give back to their community. Others are considering a career in law enforcement and want to gain invaluable experience.
Programs
Crime Watch Team
Working in the community our Crime Watch volunteers help to make our neighborhoods safer through programs such as Speed Watch, Cell Watch and auto crime prevention initiatives. Crime Watch focuses crime prevention and enhanced public safety though direct community education and awareness building

  • Lock Out Auto Crime: Volunteers check parked vehicles to ensure that they are locked and no valuables are in sight. A Crime Prevention Notice, noting the results of the audit, is left on the windshield.
  • Speed Watch: Using an electronic Speed Reader Board, volunteers monitor vehicle traffic in high crash intersections, residential, school and park areas and record the number of vehicles obeying speed limits and provide reports.
  • Cell Watch: Cell Watch focuses on reducing distracted driving. Volunteers monitor vehicle drivers for use of electronic devices. Drivers using an electronic device are sent a warning letter.
  • Patrol: Volunteers patrol the community in a marked volunteer vehicle, on foot, or in pairs on bicycles helping to keep people safe and prevent crime. Bike Patrol generally operates during the spring and summer months.

Front Desk Team
Working alongside the Front Desk Officer at the department headquarters, Front Desk Volunteers are the first point of contact for all visitors at the Victoria Police Department. These versatile and customer service oriented volunteers provide assistance to the public, answering general inquiries and supporting the Front Desk Officer as required.
Community Event Team
The Outreach Team consists of high energy volunteers who are interested in fostering positive interactions between citizens and the Victoria Police Department. These volunteers attend local community events and connect with residents while sharing crime prevention information.
Photography Team
In this newly created program for the department, our Photography Volunteers will help us to make sure we capture the impact that our VicPD volunteers have in the community, finding those valuable moments on camera which we can share in our marketing, community and in the department. Hours are variable dependent on the events or activities scheduled. Photography skills are a must. You will provide your own camera.

Why volunteer with the VicPD?

Joining our team has many benefits, including:

  • Helping to keep your community safe and prevent crime
  • Tackling new challenges
  • Improving your communication, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Meeting interesting new people
  • Enhancing your resume

Qualifications
What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 19 years of age or older
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to commit to a regular shift, minimum three hours per week
  • Able to commit to a minimum term of six months
  • Must be willing to submit to all necessary security screening, including a Police Information Check

Application Process
Interested in Volunteering?
The first step in the application process is to pick up a volunteer package at the Victoria Police Department Headquarters, 850 Caledonia Avenue. Once the application is completed, return it in person. Bring 2 pieces of official ID, including one with a photo, to be photocopied by the Front Desk Volunteer or Officer, and added to your package. Once we review your application, we will contact you regarding the next steps.

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For further information, please contact the Coordinator, Volunteers Services
Tara.Gilroy-Scott@vicpd.ca
(250) 995-7202

Job Description and Duties

Becoming a Reserve Constable
Applications for the January 2020 class are now closed. We will be accepting applications between May 2020 and September 2020 for the next class.

Are you thinking about a career in policing? Or maybe you just want to give back to your community? Many of our volunteer Police Reserves go on to pursue a policing career, and many more just want to play a part in helping the community stay safe for all to enjoy.

Whatever your reason for joining us, the Reserve Program offers an exciting and challenging volunteer experience. The Victoria Police Reserve Program is recognized throughout the Canadian policing community as a leader in the development and delivery of community based Reserve Officer Policing.

Through the Victoria Police Reserve Constable Program volunteers receive first hand experience in working with the Victoria Police Department (VicPD), delivering Crime Prevention programs to citizens and businesses.

Some of the programs members participate in include: Lock Out Auto Crime, Home/Business Security Audits, Safety Presentations, and Block Watch. Reserve members are also involved in many community events which include community displays, fingerprint clinics and conducting traffic control at parades, marathons and other community events. As well, reserve members can participate in a ride-along program, accompanying a police officer, as well as assisting in and observing their duties.
Qualifications
Reserve Constable: What you need to apply

  • Minimum age 18 years (must turn 19 years of age prior to the end of the 6 month training period)
  • No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Valid Basic First Aid Certificate and CPR
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Visual acuity must be no poorer than 20/40, 20/100 uncorrected and 20/20, 20/30 corrected. Applicants having corrective laser surgery must wait three months from time of surgery before the Reserve training ends
  • Grade 12 education
  • Valid Drivers License, with a record indicative of responsible driving habits
  • Demonstrated fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Meet the medical requirements of the Victoria Police Department
  • Maturity derived from varied life experience
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to people whose culture, lifestyle or ethnicity is different than your own
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Successful background investigation

During the application process, Reserve candidates will be required to:

What to Expect

All successful Reserves are expected to:

  • Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours a month in a minimum of 10 months during the year.
  • Complete Use of Force recertification training days.

In return for the volunteer hours that have been committed, VicPD will provide you with:

  • Four months of intensive basic training
  • Opportunities to participate in the delivery of Crime Prevention Programs
  • Exciting opportunities to assist regular members in Patrol, Traffic Enforcement and special events
  • Opportunity to assist with special events
  • Access to the department’s physical training facilities
  • Access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Promotional opportunities
  • Uniforms and dry cleaning service

Application Process
Training for the Reserves
Successful candidates must complete the basic Reserve Officers training mandated by the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s office. Training takes about 4 months with classes held 1-2 evenings a week and 1 weekend day. Candidates study legal issues, crime prevention, traffic, professionalism and ethics, communication tactics and self-defense training. Practical and written exams are held for self defense and communications and two Provincial written exams are given on classroom studies. The Provincial written exams are conducted by the Justice Institute of BC. Training also has a strong physical/team building component. There is a minimal grade of 70% for all exams.
Contact Us
For further info, please contact reserves.reserves@vicpd.ca

Job Description and Duties

The Jailer is responsible for all male and female prisoners in the Victoria Police Department jail. This includes the security of prisoners, and all prisoner needs during their detention in the jail. Specific duties include:

  • the booking process
  • preparing and entering arrest records for identifying prisoners in custody
  • searching prisoners for weapons, valuables, drugs or any other contraband and documenting
  • locking prisoners in cells
  • serving meals to prisoners
  • providing or obtaining medical aid for prisoners and other staff and visitors within Victoria Police Headquarters.

The Jailer must also assist in situations that may involve serious injury to or the death of a prisoner. The Jailer, during normal duties, may be exposed to bodily fluids and wastes and the associated risk of disease.

If you are interested in applying on advertised postings for a fulltime/auxiliary Jailer position within the Victoria Police department, jailer qualifications include high school diploma, basic computer skills, wearing a uniform, work 12 hour shifts, an ability to pass security clearance, polygraph examination, lifestyle/integrity evaluation and confidentiality agreement. Please be aware that moral integrity and clean lifestyle will be evaluated during the hiring process.
Qualifications
To qualify as an applicant as a Jail Guard, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age 19 years
  • No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Valid Basic First Aid Certificate and CPR (Level C)
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Visual acuity must be no poorer than 20/40, 20/100 uncorrected and 20/20, 20/40 corrected. Applicants having corrective laser surgery must wait three months from time of surgery before applying
  • Hearing requirements: must be above 30 db HL to the 500 to 3000 HZ in both ears, and 50 dB HL in the worst ear at the 3000 + HZ notch
  • Grade 12 High School equivalency (GED)
  • Basic Computer skills and keyboarding ability required
  • Demonstrated fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Meet the medical requirements of the Victoria Police Department
  • Maturity derived from varied life experience
  • Demonstrated responsibility, initiative, creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to people whose culture, lifestyle or ethnicity is different than your own
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to successfully undergo reference checks
  • Ability to pass security checks which include polygraph

Assets (but not pre-requisites)

  • Previous experience as a jail guard or peace officer
  • Fluency in Second Language
  • Basic Security Course (BST-Level 1 & 2)
  • First Aid Training OFA level 2

Wages And Benefits

  • Municipal Pension Plan (fulltime only)
  • Physical Training Facilities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Dental and Vision Care Plan (fulltime only)
  • Uniforms and Cleaning Service
  • Group Life Insurance / Basic and Extended Health Plan (including same-sex benefits) (fulltime only)
  • Maternity and Parental Leave

Hiring Jail Guards

Competitions for our auxiliary jail guard pool will be held to fill specific vacancies.  Generally, a competition will be held every 12 – 18 months.

Jail Guard Training

Training specific to the jail guard position is provided in house and includes

  • Booking procedures
  • Use of Force
  • FOI/Privacy Legislation
  • Drug Awareness

The civilian staff employed at the Victoria Police Department enjoy working in a progressive, stimulating environment with an excellent salary and benefits package including free access to a fitness facility. The civilian staff include unionized workers under CUPE Local 50, contract employees and exempt staff.

Positions such as Volunteer Coordinator, Operational Planning Coordinator, Crime Analyst and Programs Coordinator are just a few examples of the experience and talent within our civilian component. There are various positions in our Records, Patrol and Investigative Services which are ever-busy and always changing. These are the front-line civilians that keep the organization running smoothly, and work hand-in-hand with the police members.

If you are interested in applying on advertised postings for working as an auxiliary employee in a civilian staff position within the Victoria Police department, qualifications include high school diploma, a typing speed of 60 wpm, ability to pass security clearance, polygraph examination, lifestyle/integrity evaluation and confidentiality agreement. Please be aware that moral integrity and clean lifestyle will be evaluated during the hiring process.

Auxiliary Records Specialist

This is a CUPE LOCAL 50 position
$28.05 (As of January 2016)
This is an on-call position that works up to 11 hour shifts including nights and weekends.

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FAQ

General

Yes, there are many areas that police officers can move to within the department, including the Bike and Beat Section, Traffic Section, K-9, Community Resource Officer in Victoria or Esquimalt, Professional Standards, and the Investigation and Support Unit. In the Detective Division there are positions in the Major Crime Unit, Special Victims Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Computer Forensics, the Forensic Identification Section and Strikeforce. There are also opportunities to be seconded outside the police department to work with other agencies.
No. All recruit and experienced police officer applicants start in the Patrol Division and are required to spend a minimum of two years (experienced applicants) in that function before applying to other positions within the department.
At present, all police members must have at least 9 years experience with a recognized Canadian Police service, and 4 years with the Victoria Police Department before being eligible for promotion.
There are opportunities to work alone and with a partner.
You will reach first class Constable status at the beginning of your 5th year in policing.
No. Each candidate is evaluated individually based on their ability to meet the requirements of being a police officer.
Many of the candidates who apply to the Victoria Police Department exceed the basic requirements. The selection process is a competitive one and additional education, work or volunteer experiences beyond the minimum standards may assist you.
You are responsible for paying the costs of your relocation to Victoria. However, the moving costs associated with your move to your new job may be tax deductible.
The actual content of the courses is not as important as the experience of attending a post-secondary institution. Although many people choose to take courses in the social sciences this is not a requirement.
No but the Victoria Police Department does offer a payment plan to assist new recruits. The department is willing to pay the recruit's tuition fee up front and then collect it back through a payroll deduction over a 3 year period. Keep in mind that recruits do not have to participate and are free to deal with their own bank and set-up a payment plan of their choice.
Each candidate's experimentation with drugs (or any criminal activity) is evaluated in its entirety on an individual basis. We have a thorough application process that is designed to evaluate the life experience of each candidate. When candidates disclose past illegal activity, our recruiting staff discuss the incident with the candidate and assess their ability to carry out the duties of a police officer. Complete disclosure throughout our process is crucial to being successful. Generally, we expect candidates to be a minimum of two years clear of any drug use prior to their application being accepted.

Experienced Officers

No. We will not process your application until you have resolved all internal investigations you are currently involved in.
No. However, if you are a currently serving member of a Canadian Police Department, you may be eligible to receive recognition for past years of service for annual leave allotment and level of pay with the Victoria Police Department.
Some pension plans are compatible with our pension plan. In order to ascertain if your pension plan will transfer over please use the link provided on this web site to the BC Superannuation Plan under the Experienced Officer Process.
At present, all police members must have at least 9 years experience with a recognized Canadian Police service, and 4 years with VicPD before being eligible for promotion.
All experienced members start in Patrol and are expected to complete two years in that function before applying to other sections within the Police Department.

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