EPS hiring more new and experienced officers in 2023
With the graduation of the first recruit training class of 2023, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is announcing plans to hire more new and experienced officers to meet current demands.
“This year we’re scheduled to hire 120 new recruits for three training classes and seeking up to 20 Canadian officers for two separate experienced officer classes,” says Staff Sgt. Leanne Kilb with the EPS Recruiting Section. “With police officers reaching retirement, we need to maintain coverage.”
Through the pandemic EPS saw a slight drop in applicants and is currently looking to offset those numbers by increasing class sizes this year and into the foreseeable future. The goal is to continue to ensure the levels of service that citizens expect.
EPS is currently hiring for these upcoming classes in 2023 with additional dates being planned for 2024:
Recruit Training Classes (RTC)
• RTC #157 – Starting on April 17, 2023
• RTC #158 – Starting on Aug. 28, 2023
• RTC # 159 – Starting on Dec. 4, 2023
Experienced Officer Program (EOP)
• EOP #1 – Starting on June 19, 2023
• EOP #2 – Starting on Oct. 23, 2023
EPS has simplified the application process and provides free information, resources, and mentoring needed for individuals interested in becoming police officers. These include weekly information sessions, Women in Policing events, the Mentoring Academy program, and the popular Run with Recruiters fitness program.
New candidates can expect a two-to-four-month application process, and those from different cities and provinces can complete parts of the process remotely. When hired, they proceed into a 27-week training program. New recruits enjoy paid training, competitive wages, medical benefits, and two weeks paid vacation in the first year.
Experienced officers benefit from a more condensed application process, with an accelerated training format of around five weeks. When hired, experienced officers enjoy a $5,000 relocation bonus, condensed training, and salary / vacation adjustments for previous years of service.
EPS has been recognized as a top employer for its ongoing commitment to employee health and wellness, ongoing training and leadership development, and involvement within the community. EPS also provides support to employees and their families to assist with work / life balance.
Staff Sgt. Kilb adds, “I encourage anyone who has ever wanted to be a police officer, or has a heart for public service, to talk to one of our recruiters as soon as possible. We often hear from nurses, paramedics, teachers, and other professionals looking for a career change but still want to give back to the community, and EPS can provide these opportunities and so much more.”
“EPS is a forward-thinking police service doing some amazing work with the community, so if you’re currently with another police agency and looking for new challenges, I invite you to consider joining the EPS team.”
For more information on a career with EPS, including the minimum requirements and application process, please visit www.newEPSrecruits.ca. To speak to a recruiter directly, please call 780-421-2233 or toll-free at 1-866-777-0815.