The application process for new Surrey Police Service (SPS) recruits will take approximately 3-4 months from the time of application until a hiring decision is made.

Application Process

Step 1: Information Session

Information Sessions are held to provide you with details on the recruitment process, minimum standards and expectations for all SPS recruits. It is highly recommended that you participate and or view the most recent information session in order to progress to the application stage.



Step 2: Application

Complete the online application and upload your resume, cover letter. Cover letters should be limited to two (2) pages, single spaced, and use 12 point Arial font. Once your completed application is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic qualifications.                


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Step 3: Written Exam

You will be scheduled to write an in-person Intake Exam. This exam assesses the practical skills that police officers use on a regular basis while performing their duties. The exam has a three-hour time limit. It is marked out of a total of 100 possible points and requires a score of 60% (60/100) to pass. Scores that are deemed competitive will move on to the next step. If you do not pass, you must wait six months to request a second opportunity to write the exam.


The Intake Exam assesses four areas:

Sample Written Exam 

Written Exam Dates: 

  • Wednesday November 3, 2021
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021

Step 4: POPAT

You will need to successfully pass a physical test: the POPAT 

The Peace Officers Physical Abilities Testing (POPAT) is designed to simulate a critical incident where a police officer chases, controls and apprehends a suspect. The POPAT has many components, including obstacles, jumps, cones, an agility bar, an eighty-pound push-pull exercise, and a one-hundred-pound bag carry. The POPAT must be completed in less than four (4) minutes and 15 seconds (4:15).

If you fail the POPAT, you may attempt a second physical fitness test when you feel ready. A second failure of the POPAT will result in a six-month deferral. Physical testing results are valid for six months. 



Step 5: Integrity & Lifestyle Questionnaire

Our Recruiting Unit will send you an Integrity and Lifestyle Questionnaire (ILQ) to complete. The ILQ assesses your honesty, lifestyle and integrity to ensure you are suitable for employment with SPS

You will also be required to submit supporting documentation for your application. 

Supporting documentation required:




step 6: suitability interview

You will meet with a Recruiting Officer who will conduct a suitability interview. During this interview we will review your Integrity and Lifestyle Questionnaire (ILQ) and personal history; examine any concerns identified in your application; assess your values, character and suitability; and ascertain if you meet the expectations and requirements of SPS.



Step 7: Management Interview

A behaviour-based interview will be conducted by a panel of three senior SPS officers. The panel will ask competency-based, behavioral questions, requesting specific examples of your past experiences. The interview questions are based on the philosophy that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour.

Your list of 30 references will be required at this step in full. 



Step 8: Psychological Testing

You will complete numerous psychological tests and meet one-on-one with a clinical psychologist. Psychological testing is intended to assess your suitability as a police officer. These tests assess your personality, emotional intelligence and resilience. They take several hours to complete and are not something you can study for.



Step 9: Medical Examination

You will be required to complete a medical examination by a physician contracted by SPS. The medical testing includes but is not limited to, cardiovascular FIT testing (stress test), strength (grip) testing, visual acuity, hearing testing, flexibility, blood work, drug test, and an overall review of your personal health. Upon completion, a medical report is forwarded to our Recruiting Unit for review.



Step 10: Polygraph Examination

The purpose of the polygraph is to ensure you have been honest and forthright in your disclosures and that there are no additional integrity issues. A specially trained polygraphist will conduct this examination.




Step 11: Background Investigation

A thorough investigation into your background will be done by one of our Recruiting Officers. This investigation will include police database queries, and interviews with your family, long-time friends, present and past employers and colleagues, neighbours and landlords. They will contact people you have identified in your application package and others you have not.


Step 12: Final review and hiring decision

The Recruiting Officer will present your entire application package to a panel of senior officers to determine your suitability for hire at SPS. Offers of employment are dependent on many factors including your competitiveness against others in the pool. All offers of employment receive approval by the Chief Constable.



Recruit Training

Once hired, you will attend three blocks of training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Police Academy in New Westminster, BC. Recruit Constables receive a base salary and benefits while undergoing recruit training at the JIBC, but Recruits are responsible to pay for their own program tuition (approximately $11,600).