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Selection Process

The selection process is a fair and equitable competition that results in the best candidates being offered employment. Recruitment is an ongoing process and applications are currently being accepted. Certain stages of the application process rely upon provincially mandated standards. The written and physical tests were designed at the Provincial level and all police services in Alberta use and accept the testing results. Applicants will only enter the process once their application for employment is submitted and it has been reviewed for content, accuracy, and supporting documentation. Each applicant is constantly and continually assessed. Success at each stage will ensure that the applicant proceeds to the next stage. At the sole discretion of the Inspector – Operations Officer, certain stages of the selection process may be completed in an order different from what is listed below.

The stages of the selection process are:

  • Written Testing
  • Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE)
  • Screening Interview
  • Panel Interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Security Background Investigation
  • Selection Committee
  • Occupational Medical Exam
  • Cadet Training Program

Written Testing

The Blood Tribe Police Service uses two written tests in the selection process:

Alberta Communication Test (ACT)

The ACT is designed to assess the applicant's ability to communicate in written English. The test consists of 134 multiple-choice questions with the maximum allowable time of one hour and 35 minutes to complete, including instructions and breaks. The ACT includes sub-tests to measure three different areas:

  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • English Grammar
  • The cut-off score for the ACT is 73/134

Alberta Police Cognitive Ability Test (APCAT)

The APCAT is a paper and pencil test used to assess an applicant’s cognitive abilities including judgment, observation skills, written communication skills, learning/memory recall and problem analysis. This exam was developed specifically for the position of police officer in Alberta. Before starting the exam, the applicant is given 30 minutes to review material relevant to the memory recall portion of this test. The applicant then writes the APCAT, which is a two hour and 15 minute multiple-choice exam. No pre-study material will be provided.

The cut-off score for the APCAT is 84/120.

Applicants must obtain or exceed the cut-off score to move forward to the next stage in the recruitment process. Applicants who are unsuccessful on their first attempt in the APCAT or ACT will not be allowed to retake the test until one month has passed from the date of testing. After the second unsuccessful attempt, each test has a specified deferral period. The APCAT can only be written a total of three times. The ACT and APCAT are provincial tests utilized and shared by all Alberta police services. Both tests are valid for five years from the date they were written.

Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE)

Police officers are required to perform a variety of physically demanding tasks. Consequently, assessing the physical abilities and readiness of an applicant to safely perform police officer duties is an important component of the selection process. A physical abilities test (job simulation) is used to identify applicants who possess the physical capabilities needed to meet the rigorous demands of policing. The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is a job-related test that simulates a critical incident where a police officer chases, controls and apprehends a suspect. Applicants who fail to complete the test inside of the maximum allowable time will not proceed beyond this point in the selection process.

The applicant time limit for the PARE is 4 minutes and 45 Seconds (4:45).

Screening Interview

Applicants will be contacted by the Inspector - Operations Officer to arrange a one-on-one interview. The purpose of this interview is to discuss in detail the Personal Disclosure Form and outline expectations of the selection process. The applicant will be advised immediately of the interview results.

Panel Interview

The panel interview is conducted by three members of the Blood Tribe Service (Inspector – Operations Officer and two others selected from other areas). The interview is a Behavioural Descriptive Interview and focuses on the competencies required for policing. Members of the panel will assess the applicant's answers to the questions based upon the principle of “past behaviour predicts future behaviour.” The panel will also ask general questions related to the applicant’s employment application. The interview is scheduled for one hour. The applicant will be advised immediately of the results of the interview.

Pre-employment Computer Voice Stress Analysis/Polygraph Examination

The pre-employment computer voice stress analysis / polygraph examination assists the Blood Tribe Police Service in identifying applicants who meet our standards of honesty, integrity and suitability for employment. It is essential that applicants provide an honest and full disclosure in the Personal Disclosure Form. Any variance in disclosure between the Personal Disclosure Form and the Pre-employment computer voice stress analysis / polygraph examination may result in the applicant being deferred from applying to the Blood Tribe Police Service; up to and including a lifetime deferral. The examination is lengthy and those scheduled to be tested will be given specific instructions prior to testing. If an applicant has had a pre-employment polygraph within the last 12 months, the applicant must notify the inspector – Operations Officer, as they may not be required to be tested again.

Psychological Testing and Assessment

Each applicant is required to take a series of psychological tests. A psychologist will evaluate completed psychological tests, which will assist in determining suitability for employment as a police officer. Results remain the property of the Blood Tribe Police Service and will not be disclosed to the applicant.

Security Background Investigation

A thorough security background investigation will be completed on applicants who have been successful to this stage in the application process. This will include, but is not limited to:

  • Employment and character reference check
  • Credit check
  • Security clearance check
  • Police Information Systems check
  • Applicants will also be asked to provide copies of:
  • Education transcripts
  • Job performance evaluations

Results of the checks will not be released and remain the sole property of the Blood Tribe Police Service.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is comprised of Senior Officers (Chief of Police, Inspector – Operations, Inspector – Support Services) of the Blood Tribe Police Service. Applicant files are presented to the selection committee for review and consideration. Applicants do not attend this stage of the process. The selection committee selects the most suitable and best-qualified applicants. Applicants will be advised by the Inspector – Operations Officer or by letter if they are successful or unsuccessful at this stage. Successful applicants will be considered for placement in future recruit classes. A conditional offer of employment will be sent to each applicant selected for recruit class. Upon return of the signed offer, the applicant is booked for an occupational medical prior to the start of Cadet Training.

Occupational Medical

A condition of employment with the Blood Tribe Police Service is the successful completion of the occupational medical, conducted by the Occupational Health provider for the Blood Tribe Police Service.

Cadet Training Program (CTP)

The CTP centers on adult learning and hands-on practical training which fosters a solid understanding of community policing. The method of instruction is focused on the needs of the student with a hands-on, problem solving approach. The training revolves around the CAPRA program, an acronym, which stands for Clients, Acquiring, and analyzing information, Partnerships, Response, and Assessment. It is a system that teaches cadets to focus on the client’s perspective in any given situation. If successful, the applicant will be required to complete the CTP alongside RCMP cadets at the RCMP Training Academy – Depot Division Regina, Saskatchewan prior to being offered employment with the Blood Tribe Police Service.

Download the BTPS Application Form by clicking on the following link:

  • Application Form

In addition, the following security forms must be completed and handed in with the Application Form:

  • Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form
  • Security Screening Certificate and Briefing Form
  • Security Clearance Form

For more information on how to become a member of the Blood Tribe Police Service, please contact Inspector Joseph Many Fingers at:


  • P.O. Box 300
  • Standoff, Alberta T0L 1Y0
  • Canada
  • (403) 737-8800 Main
  • (403) 737-2867 Fax

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