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Frequently Asked Questions


We hold in-person information sessions as well as through Zoom. 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
You can apply online. However, before doing so, we strongly recommend you review the minimum requirements and preferred qualifications.

Please visit this link for more information on the exam.

While you do not need to be an Olympic athlete to be a police officer with the NWPD, you must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the job. We run all of our candidates through the POPAT (Police Officers Physical Abilities Test) and 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.

It is possible. There are many factors that come into play, but it is important to note 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 and learned from their mistakes, and lived a well-rounded varied life is definitely welcomed.

Please be sure to be completely forthright in filling out your application form. Full disclosure is very important and this includes indicating your past actions/decisions. We will review these and take them 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 Audiometric Report will need to be completed by an accredited audiologist or audiometric technician. As the NWPD does not have a list of preferred professionals, please visit a professional in your local area.
We require the NWPD Vision & Audiometric Forms to be completed and submitted with your Phase 2 – Supporting Documents. These results are valid for one year and need to be completed on the NWPD forms. If completed recently with another police agency, we recommend re-attending your Optometrist/Audiologist and asking if they will transfer the information to the NWPD forms.
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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