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Competition Information (Experienced)

Brandon Police Service and Human Resources have developed this competition information and application package for Experienced Police officers wanting to work for the City of Brandon. Information and documents required from an applicant to be considered in the competition are outlined in this handbook and in the application package.

Note: The City of Brandon reserves the right to amend the process should it be deemed necessary.


Step 1 – The Application Process

The application process for the experienced officer competition requires the submission of multiple forms. All the necessary forms are attached. Applications must be completed before the applicant will be considered for advancement in the competition. The minimum qualifications for applicants are:

  • must be 18 years of age or older
  • must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • must be fluent in the English language
  • completed Grade 12, GED, or Mature Student
  • completed a recognized Police Recruit training program, subject to review by Brandon Police Service to determine fit with the standards of Brandon Police Service and Province of Manitoba Justice
  • serving members of a recognized Police Service or has served with a recognized Police Service during the last year
  • valid Class 4 Province of Manitoba drivers license or equivalent
  • driving record acceptable to Brandon Police Service standards
  • meet vision, hearing, and training standards
  • discipline record acceptable to Brandon Police Service standards

Applications and accompanying documentation will be reviewed to ensure it meets the qualifications.

Application Form

Along with submitting their application package, each applicant is required to complete the on-line application form.


The education level required to compete is a minimum Grade 12 standing, G.E.D., or Mature Student standing. Proof of graduation is required in the form of a certificate or diploma. A transcript in place of a diploma is only acceptable if it contains a statement signed by the principal attesting to graduation requirements having been met. If that statement does not appear, it will not be accepted as proof of Grade 12 standing.

Applicants who have successfully completed other post-secondary education should attach documentation with respect to graduation.

Training Documentation

Applicants must, at a minimum, have successfully completed a recruit standard training course deemed to be acceptable by the Brandon Police Service. A syllabus of the recruit standard training course must be submitted with your application. Attach course certificates with your application.


Field experience is an asset.


Applicants must provide a variety of references for background purposes. References must be competent to judge your character, temperament, and work habits. They must have a definite knowledge of your qualification and fitness for the position of Police Officer.

Applicants must also answer a variety of bona fide questions in order for the background investigators and the polygraph tester to assess your suitability for this position.

Driving Record

Applicants are required to have a valid Class 4 driver’s license. As good driving habits and ability are important traits in police officers, applicants will be subject to the scrutiny of their driving record. You must include with your application, a photocopy of your driver’s license and an original driver's abstract dated January 1, 2008, or later. The fee for obtaining the driver’s abstract is borne by the applicant.

Applicants with more than four (4) demerits as assessed by the Brandon Police Service will not be accepted into the competition.

If at any time during the competition process, there are changes in your driving record they must be reported to the Competition Administrator. Applicants with more than 4 demerits may be disqualified at this point.



Step 2 – The Skills Assessment Examination

Applicants accepted into the competition will be contacted to attend the skills assessment examination in Brandon. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions on the Criminal Code in the areas of the application of investigation procedures, powers of arrest, release procedures, search and seizure, and use of force along with questions on the Charter of Rights.



Step 3 – Police Officer’s Physical Abilities Test

All candidates are required to complete a physical abilities test to proceed in the competition.

The selected test is the Police Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). The POPAT was developed by the British Columbia Department of Justice and is widely recognized as a bona fide physical abilities test of police applicants. It consists of an obstacle course that the applicant must complete within 4 minutes 15 seconds. The POPAT is a pass/fail step. Candidates are not ranked according to the time taken to complete the POPAT.

Prior to the POPAT, all candidates will be allowed to view and try out the equipment for the test. The POPAT Tester will walk the candidates through the course so they fully understand how the course is run. Candidates may ask questions at this time.

Immediately before starting the test, the POPAT Tester will check each candidate’s resting heart rate and blood pressure to ensure the candidates heart rate is not 100 beats per minute or higher and their blood pressure does not exceed 150/100 mg Hg.

There are no allowances made for age or gender difference between candidates. The standards set for each component are determined to be the minimum required standards for satisfactory performance in the position.

The test cost is $50 and is the sole responsibility of the candidate. The results will be immediately available to you on completion of the test.

Stopping the Test

You can withdraw at any time should you feel you cannot complete the test. You may also be stopped at some point during the test if the instructor feels you should not complete the test.


  • Arrange your schedule so that you have enough time to rest properly before you take the test.
  • Pack appropriate clothing - we suggest shorts or sweat pants, t-shirt, and running shoes with a good grip.
  • Keep moving after the test to bring your heart rate down to a resting rate


P.O.P.A.T. Medical Requirements

You are required to have your doctor complete a one-page questionnaire attesting to your physical suitability to participate in the Police Officers' Physical Abilities Test (P.O.P.A.T.) The questionnaire is found in the application package. All costs associated with this general examination are borne by the applicant.

The application package also contains a liability release that must be signed by the applicant and returned with their application. Appendix 2 detailed information about the POPAT test.



Step 4 - Interview

Candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel consisting of 2 members of the Brandon Police Service and a Human Resources representative. The interview will examine a number of job dimensions related to this position.



Step 5 – Psychological Testing

All advancing candidates will complete the psychological testing. The tests quantify a candidate’s perception of the roles of self and other specifics. The results objectively and quantitatively measure subliminally processed information which established the subject’s basic perceptions of roles and psychological stability. Candidates are not eliminated at this stage of the competition unless they do not complete the test.



Step 6 – Background Investigation

You are no doubt aware that a police officer must be of good character with no criminal record and no evidence of association with known criminals. At this step in the competition process, a background investigation is administered by a representative agency of the Brandon Police Service.

The complete application package and documentation is provided to the background investigator prior to the interview. The interview will be approximately 2 hours in length.



Step 7 – Medical Examination

At this stage, you will undergo a complete and detailed medical examination conducted by the City’s physician. A candidate will be dismissed at this step of the competition if the physician determines that the candidate has a physical condition which would prohibit them from performing the duties of Police Officer. The physician may be able to give you verbal results immediately.

All costs associated with this medical are borne by the City.

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