Successful candidates will be sworn in as Probationary Recruit Constables. Recruit Constables will receive a base salary and benefits while undergoing an extensive 3 block training program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Recruit candidates are responsible for the JIBC tuition ($10,694.04 per student as of April 2015).
The 3 block training program is broken down as follows:
The first block of training (12 weeks) takes place at the Police Academy. It places heavy emphasis on police skills (such as driver training, firearms, arrest and control, investigation and patrol techniques), legal studies, physical fitness, foot drill (dress and deportment), and an introduction to the social sciences. The intent of Block I is to develop a relevant knowledge base for the Block II field training. When a recruit enters the Police Academy, a personal training record through the Provincial Constable's Registry is started. This record is continually upgraded throughout the constable's policing career. It is a record of the constable's training (recruit and advanced) that also assists in determining future training needs.
In Block II, the recruit constable returns to their home police department for a period of 18 to 21 weeks (depending on the time of year). During this field training component, the recruit works under the guidance and continuous assistance of an experienced, specially trained constable (known as a field trainer). The field trainer is responsible for ensuring that the recruit receives a wide exposure to general police work. As a result, the recruit has the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in Block I within an operational setting.
In Block III (8 weeks), the recruit constable returns to the Police Academy with the experiences from the street. This block builds on the knowledge of Block I and the practical experience of Block II in preparing the recruit to function independently upon graduation. After successfully completing Block III, the recruit graduates as a "Qualified Municipal Constable" as designated by regulation, pursuant to the Police Act.
Block IV (Probationary Review Period)
The recruit returns to their home police department for Block IV, where they perform all general patrol duties under minimal supervision. After the recruit has completed 12 to 18 months in the field, a supervisor's evaluation report is submitted, recommending certification.
Upon successful completion of Block IV, all recruit training is finished. The graduating constable is designated as a "Certified Municipal Constable" by regulation, pursuant to the Police Act.
For more information or inquiries regarding police constable recruit training, please see the Justice Institute of British Columbia website.