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VPD Hiring Exempt Officers

ExPERIENCED POLICE OFFICERS (exempts)

Are you a police officer currently serving with another Canadian police agency who is interested in a career with the leader in Canadian policing? Consider coming over to the Vancouver Police Department.

Who qualifies as an exempt officer?

You may be eligible as an exempt candidate if you are a currently employed member (or have been so employed in the past three years) of a Canadian police force whose training and minimum standards are equivalent to that of a BC municipal force. There is no minimum service level to apply.

Members of the CN Police, Canadian Forces Military Police, and officers serving in other countries, included the United Kingdom, do not qualify for exemptions. You must apply in the same process as our regular member applicants.

Process for Experienced Canadian police Officers in BC

  1. A thorough review of your complete application package and disclosure forms

  2. If your package is approved, you will be invited to the physical test, which includes a traditional shuttle run and a functional movement screening.

  3. You will then be invited to a comprehensive interview, psychological test, polygraph, and medical exam.

  4. If you are successful, you will have an interview with the sergeant of Recruiting, who will determine if you move forward to a background investigation.

  5. Recruiting detectives will request permission to contact your references and ask that you provide a minimum of two letters of endorsement from current and past supervisors. You will need to provide written documentation supporting your police experience.

Process for Experienced Canadian Police Officers Outside BC

Our Recruiting Unit makes every effort to reduce the amount of travel for our applicants, but please expect to make at least two trips to Vancouver.

  1. Members serving outside BC are required to write a BC Exemption Exam in order to be eligible. The exam is two hours in length and multiple-choice. Once you are approved to write the exam, you will be provided a study package and six weeks to study. Approval to write the Exemption Exam is granted by BC Police Services.

  2. Applicants from outside BC are also required to pass the POPAT physical test. Details and training tips for this test can be found in the Regular Member section of this website.

  3. You will then be invited to a comprehensive interview, psychological test, polygraph, and medical exam.

  4. If you are successful, you will have an interview with the sergeant of Recruiting, who will determine if you move forward to a background investigation.

  5. Recruiting detectives will request permission to contact your references and ask that you provide a minimum of two letters of endorsement from current and past supervisors. You will need to provide written documentation supporting your police experience.

Salaries and Benefits

At the Vancouver Police Department, your years of prior service will be recognized when calculating your salary and annual leave entitlements.

Recruiters do not give advice with regard to pensions and pension transfers. Please visit the BC Pensions website and seek advice from the administrator of your existing pension.

Disclaimer

Please note that any member hired by the Vancouver Police Department is hired on a probationary basis for the term of one year. Any increments or wage increases reflect your date of hire with the VPD only.

For exempt members who are ready to apply or
who are looking for more information,
please contact:

Constable Ryan Perry
604-717-8790

Constable Joanne Hardman
604-717-9780

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Still Have Questions?

For more information on the experienced officer (exempt) application process, contact:

Constable Ryan Perry
(604) 717-8790

Constable Joanne Hardman604-717-9780

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