The Grande Prairie Police Service (GPPS) has started inviting both experienced Police Officers and new recruits to join the ranks of Alberta's newest municipal police service.

The Experienced Police Officer class is set to kick off this spring, targeting individuals with a minimum of 18 months' experience as sworn police officers in Canada. As a testament to GPPS’ commitment to attracting top-tier talent, experienced officers will benefit from a transitional allowance of up to $25,000.

In the fall of 2024, the GPPS will welcome its first recruit class, opening opportunities for individuals eager to play a pivotal role in shaping the foundation of the new police service. The rigorous application process involves a series of assessments including written, physical, psychological, and polygraph tests, along with behavioral and personal disclosure interviews and a comprehensive background investigation.

Recruits will receive compensation from day one of hiring, at a salary of $76,854, increasing up to $113,859 after five years. Officers will also get the assurance of a lifelong pension plan through the Special Forces Pension Plan, ensuring financial stability after 25 years of dedicated service. This opportunity not only offers a competitive salary but also the chance to contribute to the growth and safety of Grande Prairie.

The ranks of GPPS will boast a wide variety of opportunities for officer advancement, including Sergeant for aspiring supervisors and Detective for keen investigators. Officers will also be able to take on specialty roles like bike patrol, Police Dog Services, tactical team, serious crimes, forensic identification, drone operation, community engagement, school resource, and ALERT to address drugs and organized crime.

The application process involves a crucial step for potential candidates—the Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT). Interested individuals can take the APCAT even before applying, with multiple exam sessions scheduled for February, March, and April, following a well-attended pair in late January.

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Information provided by the Grande Prairie Police Service 

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