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Winnipeg Police Service

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I get paid while attending the academy?

  • Yes, 16 weeks full paid training.  

2. What are the associated fees to apply?

  • To apply you will require the following:
    - Driver's abstract                       $10
    - High school transcripts             $12
    - Vision exam                             $60 - $80

    If you are successful you will require the following:
    - First Aid / CPR                            $93
    - Class 4 Driver's License  
    Written test                           $10
    Road test                              $35
    - WPS PAT                                   $57
    - Medical exam for PAT                 $100
    - Post Secondary transcripts           $13 - $28

3. How long does the process take?

  • Approx. 6 months from the application deadline to the start of class.

4. Is Post-Secondary education a requirement?

  • It is not a requirement to apply, however WPS may give prior consideration to those who have Post-Secondary education and/or extended period of work experience with increasing performance responsibilities.

5. How do I ensure I am a competitive applicant?

  • A competitive applicant will display a strong balance between education, life experience, work experience and a demonstrated commitment towards community involvement.

6. If I have been charged and convicted of a criminal code offence, can I still apply?

  • Yes. Any applicants who have been convicted of a criminal offence must first obtain a pardon for the offence. Note: It can take up to two years to receive a pardon. A copy of the pardon must be included when you submit your application package.

7. How long do I have to work as a general patrol officer before I can apply to a specialty unit?

  • General patrol members must spend a minimum of 4-5 years as general patrol officers prior to applying to specialty units.

8. Is there an age limit to apply?

  • Applicants must be a minimum 18 years of age at time of application.

9. Can I apply to more than one service?

  • Yes.

10. Will having declared bankruptcy affect my chances of becoming a Police officer?

  • If an individual has declared bankruptcy and is interested in applying to the Police Constable position, the candidate must first resolve their credit situation prior to applying.

11. What are you looking for in an applicant?

  • Meet minimum requirements
  • Be of good moral character and habits, meaning that you are an individual other people would look upon as being trustworthy and having integrity.
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of the position, having regard to your own safety and the safety of members of the public.

12. Do I have to be a Cadet prior to becoming a Police Constable?

  • No. However, the Winnipeg Police Cadet program is a great opportunity for those looking for a glimpse into law enforcement, not only with the Winnipeg Police Service, but towards a variety of other careers outside of the Winnipeg Police Service.

13. Will I automatically move up to a Police Constable if I am a Cadet?

  • No, you will have to apply for the position of a Police Officer.

14. Is a MB Class 4F Driver’s License required to apply?

  • No, it is not required at the time of the application. 

    However, all applicants that proceed to the Background process will be required to have a Class 4F driver’s license.  It should be noted that the process of obtaining a Class 4F driver’s license can be lengthy and involves a medical, knowledge test and road test.  Contact Manitoba Public Insurance for further information.