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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 Qualifications

The following qualifications are mandatory for all APD applicants:

▪ Minimum of 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 the following:
- Binocular vision with uncorrected visual acuity of not less than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye
- Corrected visual acuity of no less than 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other eye
- Good colour vision and visual fields, according to visual standards for police officers as recommended by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (Visual Acuity Report)
- Any laser eye surgery must have been completed at least 90 days prior to submitting an application
▪ Hearing loss no greater than 30dB in both ears in the 500-3000Hz range
▪ No criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted

Preferred Qualifications

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

▪ Two-years of 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 qualifications, we encourage you to visit our Apply Online page and fill out an application. At the APD, you will work with colleagues who share your core values, who take pride in wearing the APD uniform, and who are passionate about protecting the people they serve.

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