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Recruitment Process

Recruiting is a comprehensive process. Learn more about the different stages below.

STEP ONE Application and security clearance questionnaire
STEP TWO Written exam and POPAT
STEP THREE Suitability interview with our recruitment team
Police Recruit Evaluation (PRE) – the PRE is designed to assess a variety of competencies, skills and abilities (the PRE is on pause to do the current pandemic)
STEP FIVE NWPD ride along
Panel interview with our senior management team
STEP SEVEN A background investigation which includes a medical exam, psychological test, and a polygraph exam
STEP EIGHT Executive interview with Chief Constable Jansen and Deputy Chief Constable Hyland
STEP NINE At this stage, the applicant is considered qualified to fill future vacancies.
STEP TEN Job offer and welcome to the New Westminster Police Department!


To review our minimum requirements and preferred qualifications for new recruits, please click here.

To be successful in our recruitment process we encourage you to research the New Westminster Police Department, who we are, and what we offer. Prepare for knowledge questions about the career of policing and behavioural-based questions. We also recommend that you review our list of competencies as noted below.

At the suitability interview, we will ask questions about who you are and your understanding of policing. The suitability interview will assess the following competencies:

  • Conflict management
  • Risk management
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Ethical accountability and responsibility
  • Planning and organization

The panel interview is similar to the suitability interview, however, a different set of competencies will be assessed:

  • Leadership
  • Assertiveness
  • Adaptability
  • Organizational awareness
  • Stress tolerance
  • Teamwork

Come prepared to both interviews by researching the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Police Department, along with knowledge of policing.