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Hearing and Vision Requirements

Vision Requirements

The Brandon Police Service has a vision standard which applicants must meet at the time of applying to the force. These tests must be completed by an optometrist. The standards are:

Visual Acuity

  • Corrected vision (with glasses or contacts): Visual acuity must be at least 6/6 (20/20) in one eye and 6/9 (20/30) in the other.
  • Uncorrected vision (without glasses or contact lenses): Visual acuity must be at least 6/18 (20/60) in each eye OR 6/12 (20/40) in one eye and at least 6/30 (20/100) in the other eye.
  • This minimum vision acuity is required for safe performance of policing duties if glasses or contacts are lost or displaced.

Field of Vision

Must be at least 150 degrees continuous along the horizontal meridian and 20 degrees continuous above and below fixation with both eyes opened and examined together.

Depth Perception

Normal stereo vision (use of both eyes to judge distances) must be present. Stereo acuity must be a minimum of 70 seconds of arc or better on Titmus test.

Colour Vision Testing

Using any standardized Pseudo-Isochromatice plates (Ishihara, A-O, HRR, Dvorine). If you correctly identify all patterns presented in such tests, your colour-vision will be considered normal. If needed, further evaluation will be conducted with devices such as Farnsworth D-15 discs. If you demonstrate a colour-vision deficiency on the Farnsworth discs, you will not meet the vision standards requirements of the Brandon Police Service.

Laser Surgery

Applicants who have had corrective laser eye surgery will be required to provide proof of meeting the vision requirements for the first year after the surgery as a condition of employment.

Hearing Requirements

The Brandon Police Service has a hearing standard which applicants must meet at the time of applying to the force. These tests must be completed by an audiologist. The standards are:

Pure tone hearing loss in the worst ear must be no greater than the following:

>Frequency >500 Hz >1000 Hz >2000 Hz >3000 Hz
>dB Loss >25 dB >25 dB >25 dB >35 dB

OR

No greater than 30 dB at any one of the first three frequencies, and average of four frequencies no greater than 30 dB.

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