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Selection Process Summary

Advancement through the selection process is dependant upon successfully completing each stage. Additionally, be aware that the application process is a competitive exercise. Your applicant packages, qualifications, and test scores will be examined and measured against that of all other applicants in the process to judge your overall competitiveness for selection.

1.) Application Evaluation:  

Applications are reviewed to ensure candidates meet the basic requirements and packages are complete. They are then evaluated against one another.

2.) Selection of Long List:  

Approximately 5-15 candidates are chosen to continue the contest. ALL applicants are notified.

3.) Work-Related Education Test & Essay:  

Candidates will be required to participate in a 3 hour job-related examination and essay writing contest. The essay is to be approx. 250 words in length (topic provided at time of writing).

4.) Physical Fitness Test:  

A high standard of physical fitness is required for employment with the Winkler Police Service. Candidates must successfully complete the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT).

5.) Initial Interview

6.) Selection of Short List:  

Approximately 2-6 candidates are chosen to continue the contest.

7.) Background Investigation:  

After a comprehensive background investigation on chosen Short List candidates, ALL Long List candidates are notified.  Back grounding may include further interviews, a polygraph examination, a psychometric assessment, etc.

8.) Interview #2:  

Applicants may be requested to supply fingerprints at this time.

9.) Final Selection:  

Candidate(s) approved for hiring is/are selected. ALL remaining candidates are notified.

Note: A polygraph examination may be required of applicants during either stage 7 or 8.


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