If you meet the pre-requisites, forward your resume and cover letter identifying any additional assets you may possess that would be an asset to APD along with copies (originals will not be returned) of the documents list below to:
Amherst Police Department
21 AcadiaÂ Street
Amherst, Nova Scotia
Attention: Recruiting Officer
Q. Where do I get these certifications?
You or someone in your family should have copies of your birth certificate, academic Grade 12 transcript and your driver's license. You can apply for and get your driver's abstract by visiting any Access Nova Scotia office. There is a nominal charge for this service. If you live outside of Nova Scotia , you can visit your local Motor Vehicle Registry office.
St. John Ambulance, the Canadian Red Cross and the Life Saving Society offer Standard First Aid and CPR training. A placement agency or school can conduct a typing test.
Only applicants selected to take part in the competition process will be contacted.
Applicants must complete a written exam. The exam is designed to assess the applicants knowledge in the area which relates directly to policing. This will include but not be limited to the Criminal Code, Other Federal Statutes, police tactics/procedures, and case law. No reference material will be available to the applicant when writing the exam.
The interview is designed to assess if the applicant possess the competencies required to be a member of the Amherst Police Department. The interview consists of behavioral based scenario questions. Behavioral questions require the candidate to provide specific examples from their life experience.
APD competencies are:
Knowledge & Abilities, Motivation/Conscientiousness, Personal Effectiveness, Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork, Common Sense/Judgement, Leadership, Integrity/Honesty/Impartiality, Sensitivity/Acceptance, Adaptability/ Flexibility, Communication Skills
Reference Checks/Security Clearances
Applicants will be investigated to determine if they are suited for a position with the Amherst Police Department. Applicants will be required to provide a list of professional references. The department will be speaking with previous employers, supervisors and co-workers, police and non-police. You will be required to sign a consent form which authorizes the Amherst Police Department to interview references.Â
The successful applicants will be provided a conditional offer of employment and will commence employment with the department. The continuation of employment with APD is dependant on the applicant successfully completing all the requirements of the conditional offer of employment within the allotted time frames.
The conditions are:
Polygraph - A polygraph examination will be arranged by APD. The results of the polygraph examination must support that the applicant’s ethics and character are suitable to be a member of APD.
PARE Testing - Applicants must complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation. Not required if completed within the past 12 months. Documentation of proof required.
Financial Background/Credit Check. - Applicant must provide a current Credit Report provided by Equifax or Trans Union.
Medical Exam - Applicants must successfully meet the standards of the Amherst Police Department, and the Province of Nova Scotia. The medical exam will be conducted by a physician designated by APD.
Eye Exam - Applicants must successfully meet the vision standards of APD as follows:
Primary Residence - Police personnel must reside within 20 kms of Amherst. A period of 12 months is provided for compliance with this condition.
APD does accept applications from experienced officers. The same hiring process is used for all applicants. If an experienced officer is hired they may be eligible for a starting salary above Level 1 on the pay scale dependant on the length and type of policing experience.