Someone from Fort Severn must fly hours South to Thunder Bay, twice a year just so they can apply (remember the PREP is only valid for 6 months)
Here’s the breakdown:
Each time they need to renew their PREP test they still incur the BASE COST above.
It’s no surprise that the OPP removed the ATS testing from their process to help meet a real challenge they face and help those from Northern communities apply. But understand this; they did NOT lower their standards. The OPP still require testing to be completed, but now they will conduct the testing themselves (we call this “In-House Testing”).
This situation begs the question: If the OPP dumped ATS, then why don’t all services? Otherwise…well hiring is no longer “standardized”. So, no more ATS Certification?…
I have no doubt that the OPP are suffering the same fate as all other police services in Ontario: a lack of qualified, & suitable applicants. I will touch on the current recruiting challenges in a future article but for now, I will say all police agencies are struggling to meet hiring needs for the future.
The Impact of the Application “Boom”
So recruiting challenges aside, one can assume that with the ATS requirement removed, the OPP will experience a “boom” in applications. What’s the impact of that? Now your application sits among a huge pile of applications waiting to be processed. We all know many candidates get “weeded out” during the ATS process itself and so previously, their application never even landed in the pile. Now it will take even longer to make it into the OPP process.
Are Human resources prepared to deal with this increase in applications? That is another side to this process change discussed later.
Another thing to think about is what if you are not successful with OPP? In order to continue applying for a career in policing you will need to complete the ATS testing; only now you have been delayed and are behind everyone else trying to catch-up.