Applicant Requirements


The Abbotsford Police Department hires only the best, most qualified applicants. We're looking for extraordinary people who are committed to making a difference in our city and to protecting the people of Abbotsford. Our standards are high but attainable for those who are serious about a career in policing. Officers who meet these rigorous expectations will find they have the opportunity for a long, rewarding career with the APD.

Core Characteristics

Competitive APD candidates embody the following characteristics, many of which are not learned in a classroom but are crucial to an officer's success:

• Exemplary moral and ethical character
• Maturity
• Willingness to learn
• Sound judgment and common sense
• Respect for others

Mandatory Requirements

The following requirements are mandatory for all AbbyPD applicants:

▪ Minimum 19 years of age
▪ Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
▪ Grade 12 diploma or equivalent
▪ Valid Standard First Aid Certificate with a CPR/AED endorsement
▪ Valid Canadian driver's licence (equivalent to a Class 5 BCDL) and a good driving record
▪ Excellent physical condition: Applicants must ensure they can meet the rigorous physical demands of the POPAT and a 2.4 km (1.5 mile) run before applying
▪ An eye exam conducted within the past 6 months demonstrating that the applicant meets vision standards noted in the AbbyPD Visual Acuity Report
▪ No criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted
▪ Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (accommodations will be considered for those who cannot be vaccinated based on a prohibited ground of the BC Human Rights Code)

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are not necessary, but applicants possessing any of these criteria will be considered more competitive during the selection process:

▪ Post-secondary education
▪ Community volunteer experience
▪ Police-related work or volunteer experience
▪ Work experience involving a position of responsibility and trust
▪ Activities or duties involving significant interaction with the public
▪ Knowledge of a second language or culture
▪ Military service
▪ Applied knowledge of computers and basic keyboard skills

If you identify with our core characteristics and meet our requirements, we encourage you to visit our Apply Online page and fill out an application. At the Abbotsford Police Department, you will work with colleagues who share your core values, who take pride in wearing the AbbyPD uniform, and who are passionate about protecting the people they serve.