Become a police officer

Benefits

Benefits of working at the SPVM

  • Serving a multicultural city
  • Stimulating work that is never the same
  • Multidisciplinary teams specializing in mental health, homelessness and critical incident response
  • Teamwork
  • Day-evening-night shifts
  • Paid university training
  • Staff benefits | Pension plan
  • Base pay $37,000 | Pay after seven years’ service $87,000 (plus applicable bonuses)
  • Possibility of being able to work in the neighbourhood of your choosing, from among 30 neighbourhood police stations (once you have permanent status)
  • Career development | 160 functions

Police officer selection process

It is important to point out that these steps are the same for all applicants (AEC police diversity and police techniques program). 

The applicant should have a sufficient command of French to work for the Québec public service. It should be noted that all steps of the hiring process are conducted in French.

1. Selection interview

The interview aims to get to know you better and determine whether your profile matches the profile sought for the role. The interview lasts approximately one hour and includes behavioural questions and simulation scenarios.

The following skills are evaluated:

  • Interpersonal communications (teamwork and self-affirmation)
  • Analytical skills
  • Client-orientation
  • Commitment and sense of responsibilities

2. Psychometric evaluation

The purpose of this step is to evaluate aspects of your personality that are critical to the job of a police officer. These personality traits are assessed using a psychometric evaluation designed specifically for the public safety field.

3. Security accreditation process/fingerprinting

You will be subject to a security accreditation process, which aims to check whether you meet the security and integrity criteria of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). More specifically, this process helps us determine whether you adopt irreproachable conduct in your personal, professional and social life. In this respect, you must agree to a criminal, penal and financial background check, as well as a check of your driving record and any other police or relevant information about you. You will need to be honest and transparent. You must also undergo fingerprinting.

4. Medical evaluation

This is an in-depth evaluation performed by a specialized firm. This evaluation includes:

  • A physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Eye examination (with and without correction)
  • Audiogram
  • Drug screening

Please note that you must meet the following vision standard: 20/40 better eye, corrected to 20/20; 20/100 other eye, corrected to 20/20 or 20/60 in both eyes, monocular measurements, corrected to 20/20.

5. Language evaluation

Administered by TELUQ, this evaluation aims to assess your knowledge of spoken English (functional level).

Note: An evaluation of spoken and written French may be performed for applicants whose native language is not French.

6. Overall review of your file

The overall review of your file is the final step in the selection process. It involves a comprehensive evaluation of your application. A final hiring recommendation is then made.

Notes: 

  • Driving test
    The SPVM reserves the right to carry out a driving test, if necessary, depending on the applicant’s experience and driving record. With a focus on safely driving a patrol vehicle, this evaluation is done in a city environment and involves concepts of preventive patrol and emergency driving.
  • Standard physical ability test
    The standard physical ability test aims to evaluate physical abilities required for the police profession.
    This test must be valid when you apply (passed during the last 12 months). 

AEC police diversity program

The SPVM is committed to attracting and including a diverse workforce involving hiring, integration and training programs.

The AEC police diversity program is an exceptional measure specially intended to recruit individuals of indigenous origin or from visible or ethnic minorities who have not taken training in police techniques. Its objective is to promote equal access to ensure that the SPVM’s staff is more representative of Montréal’s population.

Specific admission criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen (citizenship card as proof)
  • Be of indigenous origin or belong to visible or ethnic minorities
  • Meet the following educational criteria:
    • hold a pre-university Diploma of College Studies (2 years) and 30 university credits or
    • hold a Technical Diploma of College Studies (3 years, other than police techniques) or
    • hold a Bachelor’s degree

Selection process

You will be invited to a half-day information session presenting the program and the selection interview. 

Steps of the process: go to Police officer selection process

It is important to point out that these steps are the same for all applicants (AEC police diversity and police techniques program).

Applicants who successfully complete the different steps of the selection process must take the following two training programs:

Apply for a job

To apply for a job, please complete the following form:

Job application form – Neighbourhood police officer (download the form)

Please send your documents to us by email at the following address: [email protected]. You may need to send your documents in two emails in view of the amount of documents requested.  Please carefully identify your documents and emails.

Please note that no paper job application will be considered or processed.  Please send your documents to us by email at the following address: [email protected].

To speed up the selection process, we ask that you:

  • Submit all required documents
  • Inform us of any missing documents
  • Inform us of any address or phone number changes
  • Inform us of any extended absence

Required documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship certificate (for people born outside of Canada)
  • Proof of belonging to an indigenous community (if possible)
  • Valid driver’s licence (front and back)
  • Information about your driving record. You can get this information from a Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) service centre or from the Motor Vehicle Bureau for your province
  • Diplomas and transcripts: college, university and comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (where applicable)

Additional documents required for applicants studying police techniques

FAQs

For police techniques program applicants, you can apply as soon as you receive your cohort number from the École Nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ).

For AEC police diversity program applicants or experienced police officers, you can submit your application to us at any time.

You must allow about $9,000 to cover the training costs and the costs inherent in the selection process. The Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières can grant a loan at a prime rate for applicants who request it.

A neighbourhood police officer’s duties are to:

  • Patrol a neighbourhood
  • Respond to 911 calls
  • Protect lives and property
  • Maintain peace and public safety
  • Prevent and combat crime
  • Enforce laws and regulations
  • Keep peace and public order and contribute to increasing the public’s feeling of safety

The applicant must show the following competencies throughout the selection process:

  • Interpersonal communications (teamwork and self-affirmation)
  • Analytical skills
  • Client-orientation
  • Commitment and sense of responsibilities

Police officers work an average of 32 hours a week on rotating shifts: day, evening and night.  They work day shifts starting at 8:30 a.m. and have schedules planned on an annual basis.

At a suitable time, you will take a fitness test referred to as the standard physical ability test. This test aims to evaluate physical abilities required for the police profession. It involves several tests of your muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, etc. It is therefore important that you maintain or improve your physical condition throughout the selection process. 

Applicants must meet the following vision standard: 20/40 better eye, corrected to 20/20; 20/100 other eye, corrected to 20/20 or 20/60 in both eyes, monocular measurements, corrected to 20/20.

You need to obtain a comparative evaluation from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.

You will be assigned based on the needs of the organization. As far as possible, the employee’s area of residence will be taken into account. After your probationary period, you will have the possibility to request a transfer to work in another neighbourhood police station.