Selection Process

Preliminary Application Form & Resume

Please provide any of the following documentation you have with your initial application. The following documents will be required during the selection process. Only the preliminary application form and a resume are required to activate an application. Applications may be dropped off in person or emailed to

  1. WPS Member Application
  2. Resume
  3. Standard First Aid & Class “C” CPR
  4. Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency Status. Applicants with Temporary Work Permits will not be accepted.

Entrance/Sigma Exam

The SIGMA exam consists of 74 questions which must be answered in 35 minutes. It is a cognitive abilities test which tests a person’s aptitude for policing. The general knowledge part of the exam tests your ability in such areas as spelling, vocabulary, mathematics, and problem solving. A second rewrite is available after 60 days. If unsuccessful a second time, rewrites are available every 6 months. (find more information under the Recruiting tab – Sworn Members – SIGMA)

Peace Officers’ Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)

The Peace Officers’ Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) is a job related physical ability test that is designed to simulate a critical incident where a police officer chases, controls, and apprehends a suspect. The standards for males and females are identical, using an eighty pound weight for the push-pull exercise and a one hundred pound weight for the bag carry. The time allotted to successfully complete this evaluation is four minutes/ forty-five seconds or less. The POPAT is administered by the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre at the University of Regina. (find more information under the Recruiting tab – Sworn Members – Peace Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (POPAT))

Personal Disclosure Form

Upon successful completion of the SIGMA and POPAT, applicants must immediately supply a Personal Disclosure Form. This questionnaire covers every aspect of your life. The questions cover any detected or non-detected criminal activity committed by an applicant. The Weyburn Police Service is aware that people make mistakes, mature at different rates and change their behaviour from childhood to adult life. Full disclosure must be made during this stage, any discrepancy between this document, the interview, the polygraph examination and the background check may result in a lifetime deferral from the Weyburn Police Service. Applicants who are three years clear of any detected or undetected criminal activity will be preferred for employment as a police officer.

Screening Interview

This interview is an opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate their preparedness to the Police Service. The interview is one of the most important and difficult stages of the selection process. It is structured to make it fair to all applicants. The interview is conducted in an office setting and is usually conducted by members of the recruiting committee. The interview provides the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate that they are qualified for the position, as well as a good “organizational fit”. Applicants should not underestimate the preparation necessary for this interview. Failure at this stage may result in being eliminated from the competition. If not successful at the interview, an applicant may be deferred to a future competition or terminated from future competitions. It is expected that applicants:

  • be prepared
  • be confident of their abilities
  • be able to convince the panel of their suitability for the position.

Personal History Form

For applicants moving forward in the process, a personal history form is required to be completed. The form details a personal history, including family members, education, and work history.

Pre-Employment Polygraph

The Polygraph examination forms a part of the recruiting process. A certified Polygraph Examiner employed by the Weyburn Police Service will administer the Polygraph test. The examination is lengthy and those scheduled will be given specific instructions prior to the test. Test results are confidential. An applicant may be deferred to a future competition or terminated from future competitions.

Fingerprint/Record Check Background Investigation Report

A thorough background investigation will be completed on applicants who are proceeding on from the Polygraph stage. This will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Employment and character reference check
  • Credit check
  • Security clearance check
  • Police Information Systems Check

Psychological Screening

Psychological screening is just one more tool that many police agencies use to ensure they hire the best candidates for the job. The exam is a battery of tests that includes several components. Typically, the exam starts with a pre-test self-interview or evaluation. Next, comes a series of multiple-choice tests or surveys. Finally, there will be a sit-down interview with a psychologist. The evaluation takes into account the totality of all of these components to help the psychologist render a final opinion about the applicant’s suitability for the law enforcement profession. That determination is usually expressed in one of two ways: low risk, medium risk, or high risk for hiring; or acceptable, marginal, or unacceptable for hiring.

Recruit Selection Board

This interview is approximately one hour long. It is a formal interview with the Chief of Police and/or the Inspector. It is a structured style interview and applicants will be scored on their answers, their demeanor, and professionalism. Each applicant is asked the same questions to ensure fairness to all. The Selection Board will have the final say as to whether applicants will receive an offer of employment. An unsuccessful applicant may be deferred to a future competition or terminated from future competitions.

Offer of Employment

Successful applicants will be made an official offer of employment. The offer is contingent on a medical and vision examination.

You are Hired!

Once hired, you will attend the 20 week Saskatchewan Police College course followed by a minimum of 6 months of field training under the supervision of experienced members. Remember the nature of the organization you are seeking employment with. The expectations regarding the level of professionalism and accountability expected of police officers, is second to none. Your conduct is evaluated at every step of the selection process. The following are some of the things you should be mindful of, at every step of the selection process.

  • Honesty – Anything you say may be investigated for verification
  • Integrity
  • Demeanor
  • Attire
  • Punctuality
  • Language (Verbal & Body)
  • Listen to any directions given
  • Listen carefully to the question
  • Be specific in your responses
  • Link your responses directly to the question asked
  • Ensure your responses deal with what YOU did in a specific example
  • Keep your examples simple, while providing sufficient information that will clearly show how you demonstrate the dimension asked
  • Professionalism