Hiring Process

Police Cadet

Most constables at the Windsor Police Service begin their careers as Cadets.  Cadets gain valuable experience and knowledge working in the Court Services Branch, Traffic Branch, and Property Room.  Cadets are paid civilian employees of the Service and are eligible to collect comprehensive benefits.  Prior to promotion to the rank of constable, a cadet must achieve satisfactory performance in all aspects of the cadet performance management process.  Successful cadets may be selected to attend the Ontario Police College (OPC) where they will train to begin their career as a police constable.​

The minimum qualifications as outlined in the Police Services Act

• Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada
• At least 18 years of age
• Physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position
• Successfully completed at least 4 years of secondary school education or equivalent (Official transcripts will be required).  Where education has been completed outside of Canada refer to  International Credential Assessment Services of Canada or World Education Services-Canada       
• Be of good moral character and habits
• Possess a valid Class G driver’s licence (no more than six demerit points)
• Current certification in CPR and First Aid
• Able to pass security clearance, background investigations (including credit and reference checks)
• Have no criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted

Hiring Process

• Self Assessment (Do you meet the minimum requirements?)
• Attain OACP Certificate or OACP Equivalency Certificate.
• Submit application package to Windsor Police Service Human Resources 
• Pre-Background Questionnaire
• Local Focus Interview (LFI)
• Physical Fitness Testing (PREP)  Link to PREP Test​​

• Essential Competency Interview (ECI)
• Background Investigation
• Psychological Assessment
• Chief’s Panel Interview
• Offer of employment for a Police Cadet (pending medical and Windsor Police Services Board approval)​

Essential Competencies

Resiliency: The ability to "bounce back" when faced with disappointment, defeat, or failure. The ability to retain perspective and cope after a stressful event. 

Teamwork: The ability to build relationships and work as part of a team.

Communication: The ability to appropriately and effectively communicate in a manner that demonstrates tact, understanding, confidentiality and empathy.

Problem Solving: The ability to solve problems and think critically, applying common sense while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues. Ability to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics. 

Leadership: Having self confidence and the ability to be an effective leader in being willing to make unpopular decisions or act when others are unwilling. 

Inclusivity: ​ The ability to demonstrate cultural intelligence, recognizing the value of diversity and seek out opportunities to gain new knowledge and understand our community.


Local Competencies

  • Community Service Orientated
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Work Organization
  • Cooperation
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Inclusivity

TNT, Inc. is an independent firm that specializes in conducting screening tests for police hiring.  TNT has been endorsed by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P.) to conduct the pre-interview screening procedure as part of the Constable Selection System process. 

For more information contact TNT directly 1-647-777-8313 or at oacpcertificate.ca


Local Needs of Police Services

The Windsor Police Service may also require certain special skills and abilities in order to address urgent issues pertaining to the service or the community.  A local need may be a second language, a special type or level of computer skills, prior experience in working with abused women and troubled youth, etc.