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Winnipeg Police Service

Lateral Entry Eligibility

The Winnipeg Police Service offers a lateral entry program to those individuals who are interested in continuing their Policing career with the Winnipeg Police Service. To be eligible as a lateral entry candidate, an applicant must meet the following requirements in addition to the minimum qualifications:

  1. Be a serving member of a Police Organization whose standards and training are comparable to those of the Winnipeg Police Service, as determined by the Winnipeg Police Recruiting/Human Resources Unit.
  2. Be eligible for an honourable discharge from the Police Service of which they are a current member.
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years continuous police experience.

Lateral Entry applicants will be required to follow the same recruitment process as that of a Police Constable, however they are not required to write the Written Test.


Lateral entry Constables are required to attend the Winnipeg Police Training Academy for instructional courses, which commence following appointment and constitute part of regular duties.
Paid training is broken down as follow:

  • Academics – Six weeks maximum dependent upon previous training and experience.
  • Field Training - 12 weeks.
  • Assessment by a Coach Officer.

Lateral Entry candidates must successfully complete both the Academic and Field Training program. This includes passing:

  • Firearms Training.
  • Police Vehicle Operations.
  • Use of Force Training.

Classification and Salary Level
All successful Lateral entry Constables begin earning a salary, at a rank determined by the Winnipeg Police Service, upon appointment.
The following schedule will be used to determine the Classification of a Lateral entry Constable:

Completed years of service
with another police organization
Winnipeg Police Service classification
Two years Constable Third Class - First year
Three years Constable Third Class - Second year
Four or more years Constable Second Class
Constable Hourly Bi-weekly Annual
3rd Class (First year) $31.79 $2,543.84 $66,139.91
3rd Class (Second year) $34.24 $2,739.52 $71,227.60
2nd Class $39.13 $3,130.88 $81,402.97
1st Class $48.92 $3,913.60 $101,753.71

*Above salary schedule is as of December 31, 2018.

Providing all requirements and standards have been met, a Lateral entry Constable will advance one increment at a time on the anniversary date of their hiring until they have attained First Class Constable.

Only actual service with the Winnipeg Police Service will be considered for increments above the rank of First Class Constable.

Probationary Period

Lateral entry candidates must satisfactorily complete a probationary period of two years from the date of appointment.

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