It is important to understand that the selection process is a competition. Each applicant is assessed on their basic qualifications as well as their life experience, maturity, professionalism, work experience, volunteer activities, and education. The recruiting section will be interested in when an applicant first decided to pursue a career in policing, and what that applicant has done to demonstrate this genuine interest / goal.

Applicants should note that completing Grade 12 is a minimum required standard, but applicants who have completed post-secondary education (such as a certificate, diploma or degree) will be considered more competitive during the selection process.

Applicants should also note that although the basic requirement is for a POPAT time of 4.15 or less, applicants who complete the POPAT with a faster time will be considered more competitive. Information provided by the JIBC tells us that recruits with slower times (4 minutes and over) are significantly more likely to suffer an injury in Block 1 training. 

Applicants may consider a police reserve / auxiliary program, or volunteer work with a police agency or related criminal justice agency to enhance their experience and suitability as a police constable. Any work experience that involves a position of trust or responsibility may be an advantage.

Applicants who have other community / volunteer experience, and those with significant interaction with the public may be more competitive. Applicants who are unsure of the volunteer opportunities in our community may wish to visit

Although police work is similar in a variety of jurisdictions, it can also be quite different, due to demographics and population. It is important for applicants who are applying with the Saanich Police, to clearly articulate the reasons that they would like to join our organization and help keep Saanich safe. Our Strategic Plan (2018-22) is available on this website, and that might be of value when preparing your application.

The following is a behavioural competency profile that the SPD consider as a guide when assessing applicants throughout the selection process.   This list of competencies are considered critical for the successful performance of general policing duties.


  • Adaptability
  • Ethical Accountability and Responsibility
  • Interactive Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Problem Solving
  • Risk Management
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Teamwork
  • Written Skills


*A competency is an observable and measurable ability, skill, knowledge, or other attribute that contributes to successful performance on the job.

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