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Frequently Asked Questions


Info sessions will be held online through Zoom or Instagram. Please visit our recruiting Instagram account @JoinNWPD for helpful tips and inspiration. If you have questions about our process and your application, please contact our Recruiting Section at
Once you have had a chance to review the minimum requirements and preferred qualifications and want to apply, you can apply online.

Please visit this link for more information on the exam.

While you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to be a New Westminster Police Officer, you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. NWPD runs all of their candidates through the POPAT (Police Officers Physical Abilities Test). The maximum time allowed is 4:15 however, we prefer our candidates to be as competitive as possible. If you are unfamiliar with the POPAT test, there are many facilities in the Lower Mainland that offer POPAT training and they are searchable online.

No, unfortunately not. We require all our applicants to complete the POPAT with our agency.

Possibly, there are many factors that come into play. When reviewing the applications we always consider the applicant as a whole. Our recruiting strategy does not involve hiring “perfect” people, in fact, a candidate who has life experience, made mistakes, and learned from them, and who has lived a well-rounded varied life is definitely welcomed.

Please be sure to be completely forthright in filling out your application form, as full disclosure is very important; that includes indicating your past actions/decisions, which we will review and take into consideration when looking at your application as a whole.

You will need to get your Vision Report completed by an accredited ophthalmologist or optometrist. Your Hearing/Audiometric Report will need to be completed by an accredited audiologist or audiometric technician. NWPD does not have a list of preferred professionals for you to choose from so please visit a professional in your local area.
We require the NWPD eye and hearing forms to be completed and submitted with the application. However; if you had your exam done within the past six months (of you submitting your application) we would accept your results if they fall within that time frame. You just need to take the NWPD forms and have the doctor complete them with the exam results from within the last six months.
No, we do not; the recruit is solely responsible for the tuition.
The tuition fee for Police Academy is due on the first day of Block I. The JIBC is an accredited post secondary institution and your tuition is tax deductible. NWPD offers its recruits interest free loans to cover the expense of tuition for Police Academy. We also cover text book costs and provide our recruits with the equipment they will require during their training.
No, we do not. However, we do offer our recruits an interest free loan through a local financial institution to cover the JIBC Police Academy tuition.
If you are successful in the recruitment process, your first day with NWPD is the day you start receiving pay. Orientation week begins one week prior to the start of Police Academy.
Once you have graduated from Police Academy, you will be assigned as a member of our Patrol Division. In order to apply for a specialized section or secondment, you must develop the right amount of experience as a Patrol Officer for that role. This is to ensure that you are competent in all areas of general duties policing prior to moving into a specialized section or secondment.
In order to submit an application with NWPD you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.
The only age restriction is that applications must be at least 19 years of age.
Yes. Please submit your application online and contact us if you have any questions at

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