Police Constable

Policing is about working with people to ensure public safety through crime prevention, law enforcement, assistance to victims, public order maintenance and emergency response. It’s also about building relationships in the community and making a difference in the lives of people. Working as a North Bay Police officer demands many skills, both physical and mental. It’s much more than a job – it’s a rewarding career and lifestyle choice.

The North Bay Police Service is particularly interested in candidates who possess the skills required for policing in the 21st century—candidates who possess integrity, are accountable and demonstrate a commitment to the community we serve, continuing education and self improvement.

The selection process will reflect the commitment of the North Bay Police Service to the principles of Equal Opportunity.

Police Constable - Minimum Requirements

The Police Services Act sets out the following minimum requirements for the position of Police Constable:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • At least eighteen years of age (this is the provincial minimum);
  • Physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, having regard to his or her own safety and the safety of members of the public;
  • Be of good moral character and habits; and
  • Successfully completed at least four years of secondary school education or equivalent. Applicants educated outside Canada should refer to the Government of Canada - Education Assessment Resources .

The recruitment of Police Constables shall be conducted in accordance with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Constable Selection System.

Information on the Constable Selection System for the position of Police Constable may be viewed at www.OACPCertificate.ca

Constable Recruitment Process

The North Bay Police Service is committed to recruitment and selection practices that will enhance the effectiveness of the Service and contribute to its goal of community policing. It is the intent of the North Bay Police Service to hire qualified candidates in a manner consistent with its commitment to providing fair and equitable opportunity to all candidates in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Policing Standards on Equal Opportunity, and the North Bay Police Services Board Equal Opportunity By-Law.

The recruitment of Police Constables shall be conducted in accordance with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Constable Selection System.

In order to be considered, applicants for the position of Police Constable shall, at minimum, comply with the requirements of the Police Services Act.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid G driver's license with full driving privileges
  • Current Certificate in CPR (Level "C") and First Aid
  • Current Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P) Certificate or OACP Certificate Equivalency- For more information, contact Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (O.A.C.P) Certificate or by phone at 1-647-777-8313*
  • Fitness Log
  • Post-Secondary Education is an asset - it does not have to be in a “police related field”
  • Volunteer Work - Demonstrated commitment to Community Mobilization and Engagement is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to meet Essential Competencies through school, work and life experiences

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have a valid ATS issued OACP Certificate. Will police services still accept this after January 1st 2020?

  • Yes, as long as all stages are still valid (except the WCT). Please note, if any of the other components have expired (this includes not completed or unsuccessful) please refer to the information below.
  • Applicants who have the following components expired (this includes pending or unsuccessful) will be required to purchase the OACP Certificate Equivalency located on the “Start your Career” tab of the OACP Certificate website.
    • PATI (Applicant will be required to conduct the General Mental Ability Assessment
    • BPAD (Applicant will be required to conduct the Personality Assessment)
  • Applicants who have the following components expired (this includes pending or unsuccessful) will not be required to purchase the OACP Certificate Equivalency. However, those applicants will be required to comply with the following directions.
    • PREP (Applicant is to complete the Fitness Log and then required to provide that log to the police service they choose to apply to)
    • Hearing/Vision (Applicant is to complete the medical examination package and then required to provide to the police service they choose to apply to)

2.Do I require a fitness log?

  • Yes, applicants who are in possession of the OACP Certificate after January 1st 2020 must include a complete Fitness Log along with other components required for your application.
  • Yes, applicants who are in possession of the Current OACP Certificate prior to January 1st 2020 with a valid/expired prep must complete a Fitness Log to accompany their application.
  • You can start it on any day of the week, however, please note you must complete two full weeks’ worth of tracking. Once you have completed your fitness log, you are to submit it along with your application package to the North Bay Police Service.

Selection Process

Stage One

  • Candidates in possession of the new 2020 OACP Certificate must also include their Resume and Cover Letter, Constable Application, Fitness Log and Medical Examination package with their submitted application. Note: Candidates completing the OACP certificate equivalency process may also have to include these items, please visit " OACP Equivalency" for more information
  • Candidates in possession of the ATS Issued OACP Certificate submit an application package containing: Copy of OACP Certificate, First Aid/CPR, Constable Application, Resume and Cover Letter, Fitness Log

Stage Two

  • Applicant Screening

Stage Three

  • Selected candidates may be contacted to complete a written Pre-Background Questionnaire and Local Focus Questionnaire

Stage Four

  • Successful candidates will be invited to complete a Fitness Verification. Candidates will be evaluated as per the established cardiovascular endurance standard of the Physical Readiness Evaluation or Police (PREP). The required PREP standard is a Level 7 on the Leger 20m Shuttle Run.

Stage Five

  • Successful candidates will be invited to complete an essential competency interview

Stage Six

  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Background Investigation

Stage Seven

  • Conditional Offer of Employment based on Seat Allotment at Ontario Police College
  • Medical Assessment

Stage Eight

  • North Bay Police Service Pre OPC Training Program (3 weeks)
  • Ontario Police College: Basic Constable Training (13 weeks)

Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request throughout the hiring process in accordance with the North Bay Police Service’s Accommodation Policy and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Essential Competencies


  • The ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions

Analytical Thinking

  • The ability to analyze situations and events in a logical way, and to organize the parts of a problem in a systematic way.

Achievement Orientation

  • The desire for continuous improvement in service or accomplishments


  • The ability to demonstrate effective listening, verbal and written communication skills

Flexibility/Valuing Diversity

  • The ability to adapt your approach in a variety of situations and to work effectively with a wide cross-section of the community


  • An act or instance of leading; guidance; direction

Medical/Physical Skills and Abilities

  • Job-related medical/physical skills and abilities, including vision, hearing, motor skills, cardiovascular endurance and upper-body strength

Relationship Building

  • The ability to develop and maintain a network of contacts, both inside and outside the police service

Problem Solving

  • The process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues


  • A belief your own abilities and judgements, and a recognition of personal limitations and developmental needs


The ability to keep your own emotions under control and to restrain negative actions when provoked or when working under stressful conditions

Employment Details

All recruits are engaged as Cadet Recruit Trainees. They attend the Ontario Police College for a twelve-week training course and must successfully complete the training and receive a certificate. Please note: The Cadet Recruit Trainee is no longer responsible to pay tuition fee at the College. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, they are then appointed to the North Bay Police Service as a 4th Class Constable. A 12-month probationary period begins upon appointment as a Constable.

Salary (as of Jan 1, 2024)

Cadet Recruit Trainee $55,043.23

4th Class Constable $66,041.07

3rd Class Constable $77,047.89

2nd Class Constable $88,054.80

1st Class Constable $110,068.45


Uniforms, coats, hats, boots, equipment and dry cleaning are supplied.

Working Conditions

Members work a twelve hour rotating shift schedule. Three weeks annual leave after one year of service; four weeks annual leave after eight years; five weeks after fifteen years; six weeks after twenty-two years; seven weeks after twenty-nine years; and eight weeks after thirty-four years.

Employee Benefits

Full health benefit package including; group life insurance, supplementary medical, prescription drugs, hospital, dental plan coverage and a sick leave plan. OMERS Pension Plan with supplementary benefits.

Experienced Police Constable - Requirements

In addition to possessing a diploma from OPC or its equivalent, applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Have a valid Class G Driver’s license with no more than 6 demerit points;
  • Have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR level “C” certificate;
  • Have successfully completed the police constable probationary period at a recognized Canadian police service;
  • Be of good moral character and habits and do not have any current charges pending before the courts;
  • Be a member in good standing with their current Police Service and not currently be the subject of any disciplinary proceedings or any internal or external complaint/investigative proceedings;
  • Have strong communication skills and the ability to articulate clearly both written and verbally
  • Successfully pass a medical examination;
  • Successfully pass a psychological evaluation;
  • Pass a thorough background investigation; and
  • Successfully meet the requirements of either the PREP, or the Ontario Police Fitness Pin Award (OPFA).

The following documents are required in order to apply for this position:

  • Cover Letter
  • Detailed resume
  • OPC diploma or its equivalent
  • Photocopy of CPR (Level “C”) and Standard First Aid certificate (up-to date)

Desirable attributes also include a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement, health and wellness initiatives, community mobilization and engagement, volunteering, and a history of strong work performance.

The North Bay Police Service recognizes the years of previous service with a Canadian Police Service for annual vacation entitlement. Rank classification will be dependent upon the experience of the applicant and will commence no higher than first class constable.