Special Constables

SPECIAL CONSTABLES      Full Job Posting   
Special Constables are responsible for the custody and transportation of prisoners, including persons in custody awaiting treatment at a medical facility.  They are also responsible for crime scene management, canvassing, report-taking, and the effective management of property and evidence are all part of their work.
Vacancies: Several
Salary: $77,607 – $88,865 per year 
Shift: Rotational (7 days on and 7 days off, 11 hour shift schedule with various start times, including weekends and statutory holidays)
Hours: 40.0/week
Location: City of Toronto (various locations)

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT – You must have a current and valid Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Certificate of Results, inclusive of vision (minimum of 20/40 (uncorrected) vision, with normal colour acuity) and hearing, at time of application for the Special Constable position.

OACP certificates issued prior to January 1, 2020 will still be accepted, as long as all components of the certificate are valid and/or have a valid OACP Certificate of Equivalency.

For more information please visit: http://www.stps.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OACP-CSS-Certificate-Equivalency-Guide.pdf).

For further information on obtaining an OACP Certificate of Results and/or testing, visit: https://oacpcertificate.ca/

Please Note: If selected to move forward, applicants will be required to attend a fitness test at the Toronto Police College (shuttle run, level 6 to be achieved) on Wednesday December 14 (3pm-6pm).

All Toronto Police Service employees are required to be fully vaccinated (defined as completion of the full vaccination cycle with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada) as a condition of hire unless there is a valid exemption pursuant to the Human Rights Code.

Application Submission & ScreeningApply online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/careers

Please note: You must register and create a profile to apply.
Application deadline is December 5th, 2022.
Shuttle RunAs a mentioned part of your OACP Certificate, you may be required to undergo a physical assessment during your application process with the police service.December 14th, 2022 (PM).
meetingClient InterviewsSuccessful applicants will be invited to attend an interview, which consists of a series of situational, job knowledge and behavioural style questions. January, 2023.
bkBackground CheckSuccessful applicants are subject to a security check which includes an in-depth background check into education, employment, personal history, and references. January 2023 - March, 2023.
healthConditional OfferOffer presented and subject to meeting conditions of employment which include a medical evaluation, inclusive of specified hearing and vision requirements.

All Toronto Police Service employees are required to be fully vaccinated (defined as completion of the full vaccination cycle with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada) as a condition of hire unless there is a valid exemption pursuant to the Human Rights Code.
March, 2023.
happyStartAnticipated start date.April, 2023.


Your application is the first impression you make. Make yourself stand out from other candidates by ensuring your application is tailored to the job and fully demonstrates your qualifications.

  • Read the job description closely! Knowing the job description and requirements thoroughly, will help you prepare the best application.
  • Ensure that your resume and/or cover letter directly address how you meet the requirements of the job. Don’t assume the employer will read between the lines – in fact, assume that they won’t.
    If you have a qualification, prove it using active verbs that demonstrate your responsibility (e.g. “I generated and analyzed daily reports using MS Excel” rather than “I assisted with reporting”)


Many organizations like the Toronto Police Service use a mix of situational, knowledge, and behavioural interview questions. Behavioural interviewing assesses the candidate based on their past behaviour.

  • Study the job description. Familiarize yourself closely with the duties and requirements and think about how you meet them.
  • Review major projects or assignments you have worked on.
  • Make a list of your professional accomplishments. Don’t forget any volunteer or other community-based work.
  • Come up with a list of competencies, attributes, and skills.
  • Remember the STAR method when formulating your response

Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.

  • Be prepared for a formal, structured interview with more than one panel.
  • Be open and honest in your answer.
  • Practice! Practice your interview responses aloud.
  • Don’t forget to use experiences that may not be job related – volunteer work or other community-based work can provide you with excellent experience and examples of your skills.
Are these positions contract or permanent?Special Constable positions are full-time permanent positions.
What are the shifts like and will I have to work weekends and holidays?You will be assigned to 11-hour rotating shift schedule, based on the needs of the Service, with various start times. Shifts rotate between 7 days on and 7 days off. Yes, you will have to work weekends on a regular basis and holidays, if your shift schedule calls for it.  You will have your shift schedule well in advance to plan accordingly.
Where is the position located?Special Constables are assigned to the various Divisions across Toronto.
What is the anticipated start date?April, 2023.
Do I get benefits and/or a pension plan?Yes. You are eligible for the comprehensive benefits package and pension plan upon successful completion of 6 months for the Special Constable position.
Is training provided?Yes, 13 week comprehensive paid training is provided at the Toronto Police College followed by additional on the job training when you are assigned to your location. They will take place Monday to Friday 7am - 3pm (may also include evenings and weekends).
More questions?Please do not hesitate to email us at tps@hrassociates.ca or call us at 416-237-1500 x.238.

The Toronto Police Service is committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve. We encourage applications from our diverse communities, including Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, women, visible minorities, LGBTQ+ persons, those who are able to speak fluently in another language(s) and anyone committed to a rewarding career in public service.


Accommodation will be provided in all stages of the hiring process.

Contact us for any accommodation requests, and we will work with you to meet your needs.


Questions? Contact our recruitment team.

416-237-1500 x238| 1-866-598-1500 x238 | tps@hrassociates.ca

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