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Applicant Requirements

It is the policy of the Abbotsford Police Department to select the best, most competitive applicants. Standards on selection, recruitment, and training comply with both the spirit and intent of current human rights legislation.

To become a police officer the following criteria must be met.


  • Possess exemplary moral and ethical character.
  • Possess a high degree of personal integrity and maturity.
  • Possess the ability to learn.
  • Possess the ability to use sound judgment and common sense.
  • Be able to function well in a team environment.


  • 19 years of age or older
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Grade 12 diploma, or equivalent
  • Post-Secondary education is preferred, but not required
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate with a CPR/AED endorsement
  • A valid Canadian driver's licence (equivalent to a Class 5 BCDL) and a good driving record.  Learner and Novice restrictions (Class 7/8 in BC) are not permitted.
  • Excellent physical condition is required.  Physical fitness should be a regular part of your lifestyle.  Applicants should be aware of the nature and demands of the POPAT and 2.4 km (1.5 mile) run, and ensure they are able to meet those demands before applying
  • An eye exam conducted within the past 6 months.  Applicants must have binocular vision with uncorrected visual acuity of not less than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye, with a corrected visual acuity no less than 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other eye. Good colour vision and visual fields, according to visual standards as recommended by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society for police officers, are also required. (Visual Acuity Report) *
  • Laser eye surgery: Must have been completed at least 90 days prior to submitting an application
  • Hearing loss no greater than 30 db in both ears in the 500-3000Hz range
  • Must not have a criminal conviction for which a pardon has not been granted

Additional Assets

  • Volunteer experience in the community.
  • Police-related work or volunteer experience.
  • Work experience involving a position of responsibility and trust.
  • Activities or duties that involve significant interaction with the public.
  • Knowledge of a second language or culture.
  • Military Service.
  • Other significant accomplishments.
  • Applied knowledge of computers and basic keyboard skills.
  • Post Secondary Education.