No matter the career you choose in the criminal justice field, you are expected to go through a hiring process. The first step to becoming an officer is a series of written tests. After performing adequately on the tests, you undergo a background check and medical examination. Upon passing these requirements, you may be sent to the police academy. Many police academies are about six months long. At the city, county and state levels you may attend training during the day and return home at night. At the federal level, you are require that you stay overnight during your training, but you often have weekends free. All police academies reimburse you for time spent training.
All applicants must be a minimum of three years clear of any detected or undetected criminal activity. This includes past drug use. Our selection process is very thorough and includes several in-depth interviews, a polygraph examination and a background security investigation. It does not include a drug test. However, one of the criteria we evaluate candidates on is life experience. If you disclose any illegal activity, we will discuss it with you and determine whether it will preclude you from becoming a police officer with the Calgary Police Service. Complete disclosure throughout the recruiting process is crucial to a successful application.