Auxiliary Force Cadet

Start your career in law enforcement as an Auxiliary Cadet.

Cadets are civilians with peace officers status that work throughout the city to enhance the Service’s visual presence, build positive relationships in the community and allow police members to focus on core police duties. A Cadet’s daily activities vary and include:

  • conducting neighbourhood foot patrols
  • guarding crime scenes
  • directing traffic
  • assisting in ground searches
  • enforcing provincial statutes and municipal by-laws
  • referring citizens to assisting agencies

Call: 204-986-6204

  • 18 years of age.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant).
  • Grade 12 Diploma; G.E.D. Certificate; or equivalent*
  • No involvement in any criminal activity within the last two years (including illegal drugs).
  • No criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License (Full).
  • No more than four demerits on driver's abstract as assessed by the Winnipeg Police Service.
  • Driver's abstract must be dated within 30 days of application date.
  • Must meet current Winnipeg Police Service vision standards.
  • Must meet current Winnipeg Police Service hearing standards.
  • A valid class 4.0 driver's license will be needed to those successful in the process before an offer of employment can be made.

* Recognized Canadian assessment services are members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). They offer a variety of assessment products including basic/general or comprehensive/detailed reports. While either type of report can be submitted, only a basic/general report is required.

The selection process for out-of-town applicants requires they travel to Winnipeg on several occasions. All travel and relocation costs will be the responsibility of the applicant.

  • Trip 1:  Written test & WPS Physical Abilities Test
  • Trip 2:  Panel interview & background interview
  • Trip 3:  Psychological & medical testing

Applicants are advised they may incur some costs associated with the application process.

Specifically, your application must include:

As you progress through the application process, you may also incur expenses for:

  • post-secondary transcripts:  $13.00to $28.00
  • physical abilities test:  $75.00
  • physical abilities test medical (if necessary):  $75.00 to $100
  • vision testing: $80.00 to $100.00
  • Hearing testing: $80.00 to $100.00
  • First Aid/CPR: $140.00
  • Class 4 Drivers license: $45.00 
  • child and adult abuse registry checks:  $40.00

**Fees quoted are approximate**

Please also note that the Winnipeg Police Service has taken steps to reduce the financial impact on applicants who meet the Low Income Cut-off as established by the Federal Government.

Written test

The Winnipeg Police Service Written Test is an 105 minute multiple choice test that focuses on theskills that are essential to working in law enforcement. The test covers 8 areas; and measures your understanding of the following:

  • Working Memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Applied Math
  • Police Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Map Navigation
  • Reading Comprehension

The pass mark is 65%.

Applicants who pass the written test with a mark of 65% or better hold that mark for four years which is applicable for the Constable and Cadet Application process.

There is a five (5) attempt maximum for the written test. This includes constable and cadet attempts. After the 5th failed attempt, you will be deferred for life.

Written Test Study Guide (PDF, 2.3MB)

Winnipeg Police Service Physical Abilities Test (WPS-PAT)

The WPS-PAT is conducted in a gymnasium with the applicant wearing clothing appropriate for physical activity and consists of:

  • Running 400 metres (1/4 mile) over a six lap course. This includes climbing up and down stairs, jumping over low obstacles.
  • Following the six laps the applicant moves to the push/pull station where they will pull and push against 80 lbs of resistance while moving in a controlled half circle. Two controlled falls to the chest (roll over to the front and stand) are completed after each group of three pulls or three pushes. This sequence is repeated twice.
  • Following the push/pull station the applicant completes the test by lifting and carrying 80 lbs a distance of 50 feet.
  • The WPS-PAT test must be completed within 4 minutes and 15 seconds.

Note: A WPS-PAT certificate in not required to apply, is valid for one year and must be completed prior to the panel interview

Applicants selected to proceed to the P.A.T. will be notified by email.

Helpful information about the WPS-PAT:

Psychological and medical testing

Psychological testing

Applicants who progress to the final stages of the recruitment process will be scheduled for psychological testing. Testing consists of a 2 to 4 hour written test followed by a one on one interview with a Psychologist.

Medical testing

Applicants will be scheduled for medical testing which includes a test for illegal drugs.

A comprehensive 16-week, full-time, paid academic and skill-set training program is provided by the Police Training Academy.

It consists of 10 weeks of academic and six weeks of field training. This includes:

  • power of arrest
  • use of force
  • communication skills
  • cultural diversity
  • referral agencies
  • criminal code, by-law and provincial legislation
  • police vehicle operations
  • policies & procedures
  • search and seizure

Field training consists of six-weeks of paid full time coaching to gain experience working as a Cadet.

Probationary Period

Auxiliary Cadets are considered to be on probation for 24 months or a two-year period.

Additional Training Opportunities

The Winnipeg Police Service supports and encourages its members to continue their training and education. Ongoing training and opportunities for experiential learning will be provided on a regular basis. Advanced courses of study are also offered through:

  • The Winnipeg Police Service Training Academy.
  • City of Winnipeg Corporate Education.

Auxiliary Force CadetHourlyBi-WeeklyAnnual
Step 1$20.58$1,646.37$42,805.71
Step 2$22.33$1,786.37$46,445.71

*Above salary schedule is as of July 16, 2023.

Note: Cadets are on probation for 24 months.

Vision standards

Please have the Ophthalmologist and Optometrist complete the  vision form (PDF, 220KB).

This form is valid for a one year period from the test date.

If applicable, those who have had refractive surgery will require an eye surgery form (PDF, 34KB).

    The Winnipeg Police Service is not responsible for any costs incurred for the vision tests and completion of subsequent forms.

    Uncorrected vision:

    • 20/20 Vision both eyes open with at least 20/40 in each eye.

    Corrective lenses needed:

    • With corrective lenses at least 20/20 with both eyes.
    • Correction with glasses or hard contact lenses, uncorrected distant visual acuity should be 20/100 or better binocularly. (Does not apply to correction with soft contact lenses)

    Colour vision:

    • Colour vision should be normal.

    Peripheral vision:

    • 150 continuous degrees along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees above and below the fixation point with both eyes.

    Corrective surgery:

    • No significant difficulty with glare or night vision.
    • No significant diurnal instability in visual testing or function.
    • Additional medical information is required for applicants who have had surgery and have completed a Minimum waiting period of six months post-op.

    Hearing standards

    Please have the Audiologist or Otolaryngologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist of your choice complete the hearing form (PDF, 245KB).

    This form is valid for a one year period from the test date.

    Hearing loss in both ears to be no greater than:

    Frequency500 Hz1000 Hz2000 Hz3000 Hz
    Each ear25 dB25 dB25 dB25 dB

    Additional information regarding the hearing standard can be obtained by contacting the Occupational Health Branch at 204-986-5218 

    • No restrictions needed form hearing-dependent tasks if, on audiometric testing, all pure tone thresholds are 25 dB or less in each ear at each frequency - 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hz
    • Will need restrictions from hearing-dependent tasks, if on audiometric testing, the pure-tone threshold in the better ear is greater than an average of 40dB over 500, 1000, and 2,000 Hz, with or without a hearing aid.
    • Complete In-Canal hearing aides are acceptable if the hearing loss is corrected to no greater than 25 dB in each ear at each frequency 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hz.

    Part-time cadets are required to work full-time for the first 16 weeks of employment to accommodate classroom and field training.

    After training, part-time cadets can expect to work approximately 15 to 20 hours per week.

    Benefits include:

    • Flexible shift options.
    • Vacation entitlement is paid out bi-weekly.
    • Part-time employees are entitled to a wage increase after completing a total of 2,080 hours work combined with meeting performance standards.
    • Ideal for those who wish to continue their post-secondary education.
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