Reserve Selection Process

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The selection process will begin in July/August and if you are competitive, you will be invited to the written exam and POPAT in September. The reserve classes will commence in February.

Honesty and integrity are vital components of the selection process. The information you provide, orally and in writing will be closely scrutinized. Dishonesty or non-disclosure can result in your permanent removal from our hiring process.

Once you have established that you have met the basic requirements and are ready to apply, please be ready to fully commit to the process by being ready to participate fully in all stages of the selection process.

1. Register for the Intake Exam

If all the basic requirements are met, the candidate may register online.

2. Written Intake Exam

If you are found to be a competitive candidate, you will be invited to the intake exam (early September).

The Delta Police Department Intake Exam assesses practical skill sets that police officers use on a regular basis while performing their duties. The ETHOS exam has a three-hour time limit, and most applicants use the allotted time to complete the exam. A score of 60% (60/100) is required to pass. Applicants who fail to pass the ETHOS exam must wait 6 months to request a second opportunity to write the exam. Each request will be considered on an individual basis. The modules assess the following four areas:

      • Memory and observation skills (20 marks)
      • Reading, comprehension and critical thinking skills (25 marks)
      • Summarizing skills (10 marks)
      • Writing and editing skills (45 marks)

Once the exam is marked, applicants can check their exam score on our site under Intake Exam Results. Below is a link to a sample exam.

Delta Police Exam Sample Questions

3. Peace Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) 

If successful on the exam you will be invited to complete a POPAT in September.

4. Complete forms

If the candidate passes the intake exam he/she will be invited to complete an application form and integrity questionnaire. We request forms be submitted to us no more than 30 days past the date of the written exam. The forms will be carefully reviewed by the Recruiting Section before moving on to the next stage of the process.

5. Suitability Interview

A member of the Recruiting Section will interview you and review your application, disclosure forms, and personal history.

6. Polygraph Examination

The reserve applicant will participate in an employment interview conducted with a certified polygraphist.

7. Background Check

A Recruiting Section member will conduct a thorough investigation into your background.