The following is a general overview of the Saanich Police recruit selection process.  This recruit selection process changed on December 17, 2019.   The recruit candidate process consists of the following steps.

Each stage depends on successful performance in the preceding stages; failure to complete one stage will result in the removal of the candidate. In certain circumstances the number and order of these steps may vary.

Assessment of honesty, integrity and ethics are an integral part of the selection process and the information you provide throughout the process will be scrutinized closely. Dishonesty, deceit, or non-disclosure of information can result in your removal from the process.

The Saanich Police are committed to being an equal opportunity employer as we look for confident applicants that reflect our diverse community that we take pride in keeping safe. 



Submission of Complete Application Package

To request an Application Package please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your resume and cover letter attached.


The Application Package includes the Applicant Questionnaire, Polygraph Integrity Questionnaire and Required Basic Qualification Documents (basic qualification instructions / check sheet). Please submit the completed package via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to the next stage of the recruiting process.


Honesty, integrity and lifestyle are areas that are scrutinized closely in considering Police Officer applications.   


Recruit Intake Exam

The three-hour ETHOS exam is administered at the Saanich Police Department on specified dates. The intake exam includes:  spelling, grammar, logic analysis, comprehension, memory, math, and reasoning.  To successfully advance in the selection process, applicants must achieve 70% or greater on the intake exam. 


If applicants have already achieved a passing mark on the ETHOS exam while competing for a position with another law enforcement agency, there is no need to complete the exam again.


Applicants can prepare for the ETHOS exam by searching and reviewing study guides that are available on the internet.


Physical Testing

The physical testing will consist of the P.O.P.A.T. (Police Officer Physical Ability Test).


Applicants can contact the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence (PISE) directly at or phone 250-220-2510 to register for the Police Officer's Physical Ability Test.


Alternatively applicants can prepare for and complete the POPAT with Sheepdog Self Protection Inc.


The P.O.P.A.T. is a demanding, anaerobic physical test which must be completed in 4 minutes and 15 seconds (click here for the POPAT Protocol). The POPAT results are valid for 12 months.


Applicants DO NOT need an invitation from the Recruiting Section to take this test and can take this test at any time.


Initial Screening Interview (Sergeant's Interview)

Conducted by the Recruiting Sergeant, this interview is based on the information that the applicant has provided, including the application and Polygraph Integrity Questionnaire ("PIQ").  This interview focuses on the following competencies: adaptability, ethical accountability and responsibility, interactive communication, organizational awareness, problem solving, risk management, stress tolerance, teamwork, and written skills.   


  Applicants who wish to be successful in this interview should review       the Saanich  Police Strategic Plan and the competency profile found under "Be   more Competitive".


Staff Development Inspector's Panel Interview

  The is interview is conducted by the Staff Development Inspector, the     Recruiting Sergeant, and a third officer.  This behavioral-based interview   focuses on the life skills, experience and abilities of the applicant. 


 Applicants are provided the interview questions 30 minutes in advance to   prepare themselves for the interview.


Polygraph Test

This is a continuation of the Polygraph Integrity Questionnaire. It is administered by a person trained in the use of a polygraph.


Psychological Testing

Applicants are required to attend a psychologist office, selected by the Saanich Police Department, for an interview and written testing.


Background Investigation

An Investigator will conduct an extensive background investigation, contacting references such as friends, family members, past and present employers, neighbors, and anyone else deemed necessary.  Upon completion of their investigation, applicants at this stage will have their entire applicant portfolio reviewed and analyzed by the Staff Development Section..


Occupational Health Assessment

At the expense of the Saanich Police Department, applicants who advance to this stage will be contacted to attend a medical facility in Vancouver to ensure they are able to carry out the occupational requirements of a police officer.  You can find out more about the medical testing at ProMedicals


Chief Constable Interview

Applicants who advance to this stage will be contacted to attend an interview with the Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable of the Saanich Police Department.

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