If you’re committed to the community, have good moral character and want to make a difference in the city, the Ottawa Police Service wants you.

In preparation for replacing retiring officers, the Ottawa Police is holding a recruitment information session at Ben Franklin Place at 6 p.m. today.

Although there’s currently no shortage of staff, Ottawa Police anticipates many retirements soon, which will require new officers to replace them, said acting sergeant Patricia Ferguson.


Taking into account retirement and population growth in the city, the police force has been hiring for the last five years.

“We have a cohort from all the hiring that was done in the ’70s and ’80s and those people are getting ready to retire,” she said.

The information session will inform potential applicants about what they need to join the force.

“What we’re looking for is commitment to the community and language skills,” said Ferguson. “We certainly value education. The minimum requirement is high school, but post-secondary education is certainly looked on very positively.”

Ottawa police are looking for officers that reflect the community. Both female and male applicants are encouraged. Applicants must be 18 years old and be a Canadian citizen, or hold permanent resident status.

They must possess clean driving records with full driving privileges in Ontario.

While the session gives Ottawa Police outreach recruitment team a chance to meet the candidates, it also gives candidates a chance to ask questions as some of the applicants may come to the session with the intention of applying years down the line, said Ferguson.

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  • All applicants are required to take a general aptitude test, a written communication test, behavioural test and a physical fitness test through an outside agency.

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