Recruit Selection Process

The selection process consists of the following stages:


Intake Exam​​​​​​

The Ethos Police Test assesses practical skill sets that police officers must use on a regular basis while performing their duties. The exam is divided into four modules, is three hours in length, and is marked out of 100. A score of 60% (60/100) is required to pass.


POPAT(Police Officer Physical Ability Test)

  • This is an obstacle course that measures the overall fitness of the applicant
  • A passing time of 4:15 must be achieved


Application and Integrity Lifestyle Questionnaires

  • These questionnaires cover all aspects of an applicant’s life. The West Vancouver Police Department is aware that people make mistakes, mature at different rates and change their behaviour from childhood to adult life. Please be advised that deceit, dishonesty or non-disclosure concerning questions in these documents, or during any other stage of our application process will result in disqualifying you from this process.


Recruiting Section Interview

  • This is a behavioral based interview that covers the content of the applicant’s submitted information.


Patrol Ride Along 

  • This stage gives applicants the opportunity to observe the wide variety of duties that our Patrol officers perform in our community.


Executive Interview

  • This is a behavioral based interview that covers competencies related to the role.


Background Investigation

  • Consists of an extensive investigation into the applicant’s life history.
  • Fingerprint check
  • Polygraph Examination


Medical Examination

  • Applicants that make it to this stage are required to participate in a medical examination.


Psychological Assessment

  • Applicants that make it to this stage are required to participate in a psychological assessment.




Find out out to become a WVPD Police Member, join our Civilian Staff or Volunteer.


· Valid Canadian Driver’s Licence
· Valid BC Identification Card (with photo)
· Valid BC Services Card
· Valid Passport – Canadian or Foreign
· Valid Canadian Permanent Residency Card
· Current Canadian Student ID Card (for youth applicants ages 12-17) *secondary Gov’t issued ID required
· Canadian Birth Certificate
· Valid Canadian Citizenship Card
· Valid Canadian Certificate of Native Status Card
· Valid Nexus Card
· Employee Identification Card issued by the Federal, Provincial or Territorial Government (with photo)
· Old Age Security Identification Card
· Valid Firearms Licence
· Municipal or RCMP Police Identification (with photo only)