The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) knows people are at the heart of policing. As such, recruiting and selecting the right individuals is of paramount importance to us.

We are committed to recruiting, training, and developing the talents of well-rounded people that reflect our community and have passion, integrity, and desire to make a difference in people's lives.

Requirements to Become a Police Officer

It takes a special person to be a police officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. If you have an interest in applying, please review the below applicant requirements to help determine if you would be a good fit.

Minimum Requirements

When applying for the position of police constable with the Halton Regional Police Service, you must meet the following criteria to be considered in the selection process:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good physical and mental health and able to meet the physical, mental and medical requirements of the HRPS
  • Be of good moral character and habits, meaning being an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity
  • Have successfully completed at least four (4) years of secondary school education or equivalent (Note: Official transcripts and diplomas will be required).
  • Where education has been completed outside Canada, official proof of equivalency must be obtained. Both International and Canadian applicants may obtain educational equivalency assessments through one of these agencies:

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
35 Harvard Road
P.O. Box 21001
Guelph, ON  N1G 4T3

World Education Services Canada (WES Canada)
45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M4Y 1S2
Toll Free: 1-866-343-0070

Fitness Requirements

Police work can be physically and mentally demanding. Following a healthy fitness regiment will ensure both mental clarity and high energy on the job, and making fitness a priority will positively affect an officer’s performance and safety.

The fitness portion of the testing is an important part of the application process and involves SUCCESSFULLY passing the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. This test consists of two assessments, the Pursuit-Restraint Circuit and the 20-Metre Shuttle Run. Both are designed to measure an applicant’s aerobic and anaerobic capacity in conjunction with muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pass both tests to move forward in the application process.

Pursuit Restraint Circuit

The Pursuit Restraint Circuit is a total distance of 100 metres and consists of:

  • Climbing up and down a set of stairs four times;
  • Scaling a 1.2-metre (4 foot) fence twice;
  • Pulling your body up to look over a 2-metre (6.5 foot) fence twice;
  • Crawling under a low barrier four times;
  • Engaging twice with two machines involving force requirements that are necessary to accomplish the control and restraint of a resisting offender;
  • Pulling a 170-pound mannequin and dragging it a distance of 15 metres to simulate pulling a victim or offender from a car, then dragging them to a triage area.

In order to achieve a Meets Standard on this assessment, an applicant must complete the circuit in 2 minutes and 37 seconds or less.

20-Metre Shuttle Run

  • Applicant runs across a 20-metre distance guided by an audible sound;
  • At each full stage, the speed increases, requiring the applicant to run faster;
  • The test is complete when the applicant misses two consecutive warning areas.

In order to achieve a Meets Standard on this assessment, an applicant must achieve a minimum stage 7.0 level or higher.

An applicant must meet standard on both assessments to successfully complete the fitness component and progress to the interview stage.

Additional Requirements

The following are additional mandatory requirements to be considered for the position of police constable:

  • valid Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police certificate (Including Fitness logs and valid Hearing and Vision results that meet standard)
  • A valid Class ‘G' Driver's Licence with no more than six (6) demerit points
  • A Standard First Aid Certificate and CPR Level C
  • Not have a criminal conviction(s) for which a pardon(s) has/have not been granted
  • Be physically fit. Reach a minimum of Level 7 in the Shuttle Run and successfully complete the Police Physical Readiness Evaluation (PREP).
  • Vision and Hearing Requirements     
  • Pass a detailed background check that includes security clearance, credit, and reference checks.

Competencies of a Police Officer

In addition to the minimum requirements, applicants for the position of constable must also possess certain essential competencies and local skills, knowledge, abilities, motives, behaviours, or attitudes to ensure successful performance on the job.

Essential Competencies


The ability to experience adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. The wherewithal to retain a positive perspective and cope after a stressful event.


The capacity to collaborate cooperatively with members of a team. One who contributes to the development of a team environment where team members achieve established goals.


Proficient at demonstrating effective listening, understanding and verbal and/or written communication skills.

Problem Solving:

Identifies problems, implements solutions and evaluates the outcomes. Discovers innovative solutions for problems using innovative thinking.


The action and ability to organize, influence, guide and motivate other people to reach a shared goal.


The ability to recognize the value of being part of a diverse community and the capability to include others while relating and working with cultural intelligence.

Additional Police Constable Essential Competencies

Analytical Thinking:

Ability to analyze situations and events in a logical way and to organize parts of a problem in a systematic way.


Belief in abilities and judgment, and a recognition of personal limitations and development needs.


Ability to demonstrate effective listening, understanding, verbal and written communication skills.

Flexibility/Valuing Diversity:

Ability to adapt to a variety of situations and to work effectively with a wide cross-section of the community representing diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic circumstances.


Ability to keep emotions under control and to restrain negative actions when provoked or when working under stressful conditions.


Ability to develop and maintain a network of contacts, both inside and outside the police service.

Achievement Orientation:

Desire for continuous improvement in service or accomplishments.

Medical/Physical Skills and Abilities:

Job-related medical/physical skills and abilities, including vision, hearing, motor skills, cardiovascular endurance, and upper-body strength.

Local Competencies

Community Service Orientation:

Desire to help or serve others and the ability to focus efforts on meeting individual and group needs


Self-directed or self-motivated, and able to exercise initiative beyond what is expected or required on the job to improve outcomes or avoid problems

Work Organization:

Ability to minimize errors and maintain high standards of quality by developing and maintaining effective systems for organizing work and information


Ability to demonstrate collaborative/team-oriented behaviour such as input seeking and information sharing with colleagues, other emergency services, community resources, etc.

Commitment to Learning:

Ability to maintain and enhance professional/technical knowledge and personal development by asking questions, taking courses, reading, networking with colleagues, specialists, and the community


Ability to use personal power or the power of the police constable's position appropriately to set expectations, challenge others, enforce rules, and direct others

Role of a Police Officer

Our dedicated officers vow to uphold the Service’s values of Trust & Respect, Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, Teamwork, and Justice in their daily duties and play a key role in keeping our community as safe tomorrow as it is today.

Each day, officers:

  • Improve and maintain the safety, security, and quality of life for Halton residents through the application of community policing methods
  • Contribute to the development and achievement of HRPS goals
  • Enforce federal, provincial, and municipal statutes in response to citizens' complaints
  • Respond to service calls
  • Prepare and process charges under federal, provincial, and municipal statutes
  • Participate in activities and projects
  • Undertake special assignments
  • Give evidence in court

The dynamic work environment within the Halton Regional Police Service promotes learning from within and gives our police officers the freedom to shape their careers based on their personal interests and abilities.

We also offer competitive wages, excellent pensions and benefits plans, and promotional opportunities.

Current Opportunities

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