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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby Toronto1985 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:24 pm

Meangreen wrote:Anybody know VPD's procedure for out of province applicants?

Also, does VPD request applicants to submit their official university transcripts or will certified documentation indicating the amount of credits completed suffice?

Thanks.



I asked VPD recuriting about this a while back... The process is the same, and there is no guarantee that they will combine any of the steps... so basically, be prepared to travel to and from Vancouver, for each step in the process.
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby clcheer18 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:30 pm

How long did everyone wait after successful completion of the POPAT before their interview? Or was your process different?
Info Session: 2016-11-12
App submitted: 2016-11-22
Entrance Exam: 2017-01-21
POPAT: 2017-02-15
Intake Interview: 2017-02-28
Psych Test: 2017-02-28
Poly: 2017-03-19
Sgt. Interview: 2017-03-29
Background Investigation: 2017-03-30
Medical: 2017-04-11
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby Vancouver Hopeful » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:56 am

I completed my POPAT in early November and exactly two weeks later I was sitting down at my intake interview.
23/04/14 Applied
10/06/14 Questionnaire submitted
06/09/14 Intake exam

30/04/16 2nd app submitted
02/11/16 POPAT
16/11/16 Intake interview & Psych
26/11/16 Poly
21/12/16 Sgt's interview
05/01/17 Background Inv
23/02/17 Medical
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby skstrials » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:48 pm

I am currently waiting for my permanent residency to come out later this year. I am planning on applying as soon as I get my PR.

I had some questions.

1. Are there any disadvantages applying as a PR, as opposed to a citizen?

2. I have had a partial ACL tear injury on one of my right knee. Would that be an issue during the medical examination?

3. Where do I sign up for a group POPAT Training?

Thank you so much, and I cannot wait to serve.
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby Vancouver Hopeful » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:41 pm

Hey Skstrials,

These are not official answers only based off of my experience and discussions with recruiting and patrol members of the VPD.

1. Being a PR, especially if you speak a second or third language will likely work in your favour as Vancouver is a highly diverse city and it's police force mirrors that. I am of mixed ethnicities and definitely think that my second language helped me to make it through the process.

2. The ACL thing shouldn't be an issue as long as you have full function of your knee. if you do have difficulty squatting or running however I recommend seeing a physiotherapist or other health professionals to get your issue sorted.

3. I have not attended any POPAT training sessions but I know of this one that takes place at the YMCA in Vancouver on Mondays: http://www.code5fitness.com/

Good luck in the process and let me know how it goes.
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02/11/16 POPAT
16/11/16 Intake interview & Psych
26/11/16 Poly
21/12/16 Sgt's interview
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23/02/17 Medical
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby noanykey » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:55 pm

Vancouver Hopeful wrote:Hey Skstrials,

These are not official answers only based off of my experience and discussions with recruiting and patrol members of the VPD.

1. Being a PR, especially if you speak a second or third language will likely work in your favour as Vancouver is a highly diverse city and it's police force mirrors that. I am of mixed ethnicities and definitely think that my second language helped me to make it through the process.

2. The ACL thing shouldn't be an issue as long as you have full function of your knee. if you do have difficulty squatting or running however I recommend seeing a physiotherapist or other health professionals to get your issue sorted.

3. I have not attended any POPAT training sessions but I know of this one that takes place at the YMCA in Vancouver on Mondays: http://www.code5fitness.com/

Good luck in the process and let me know how it goes.
VH


You can also do a POPAT with LEPAT http://www.lepat.ca
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby matic92 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:32 pm

Does anyone know if VPD's intake interview (after the POPAT) is primarily behavioral based questions?
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby Toronto1985 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:11 pm

matic92 wrote:Does anyone know if VPD's intake interview (after the POPAT) is primarily behavioral based questions?


I was at the most recent info session, and they said it will encompass things about your past. They may also ask basic questions like who the mayor is, population, number of officers, etc. So yes, I would definitely be prepared for behaviour questions. Almost every police service in this country has behavioural type questions in their process somewhere.
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby dodo123 » Tue May 09, 2017 7:25 pm

Hello,

Can someone please give me good sources I can use/buy for preparing for the written exam? I wrote it the first time and i failed :( I am doing a re-do in August! I need to pass!! :banghead:
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby rparmar11 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:59 pm

dodo123 wrote:Hello,

Can someone please give me good sources I can use/buy for preparing for the written exam? I wrote it the first time and i failed :( I am doing a re-do in August! I need to pass!! :banghead:


I used the following book to prepare for the RPAT and the VPD Entrance Exam.

https://www.amazon.ca/PolicePrep-Compre ... 0973515104

Helped me out pretty well. I ended up passing both exams. I would advise studying really hard for long math (division/fractions/percentages) for the VPD entrance exam. After the exam, a lot of us applicants discussed how challenging the long math questions were.

Best of luck!
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby fantasy_freak08 » Wed May 10, 2017 9:45 pm

Few questions:

How long does it take for them to get back to you after you submit your application? I dropped mine off couple weeks ago and haven't heard anything yet.

whats the main mode if communication? Email or phone?

Would you recommend applying for multiple Police agencies at once? my main goal is to be in VPD but I'm also looking at other options such as Delta or New West if VPD doesn't pan out.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby rparmar11 » Wed May 17, 2017 4:52 pm

Just received an email and got my POPAT date for next week on the 24th.

I actually just ran a mock test yesterday (beep test not included) and got timed at 3:31. Just wondering if that is competitive enough or if it actually needs to be much lower? Hope some of you that have passed can give me an answer with that one.

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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby guitarkid » Thu May 18, 2017 8:54 pm

Hi rparmar

When you run the test, they will tell you what a competitive time is. Generally they say something like between 3:00 and 3:30 is a competitive time for males and 3:30-3:50 is competitive for females. The adrenaline rush will aid your score. Don't make the mistake of training hard on the week leading up to the test. Let your body recover and store energy so you perform your best on test day. Have you practiced the beep test?

All the best on test day.
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby rparmar11 » Fri May 19, 2017 2:01 pm

guitarkid wrote:Hi rparmar

When you run the test, they will tell you what a competitive time is. Generally they say something like between 3:00 and 3:30 is a competitive time for males and 3:30-3:50 is competitive for females. The adrenaline rush will aid your score. Don't make the mistake of training hard on the week leading up to the test. Let your body recover and store energy so you perform your best on test day. Have you practiced the beep test?

All the best on test day.


I was actually thinking of doing one more mock run (not full out 100%) Monday 9am just to work on my pace between my laps. Should I not bother and just rest? POPAT is scheduled for Wednesday at 8am.

I have practiced the beep test on my own in the backyard using a beep test app. Feel pretty confident about that part.
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RPAB: 04/12/16
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BGI:
MED/PSYCH:
FSR:
SC:
TROOP:
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Re: Vancouver Police Department Questions

Postby guitarkid » Fri May 19, 2017 4:06 pm

I've always rested up and it's worked in my favour.

To be honest if you're just working on your lap times without seeing how it affects your push/pull and vault I don't know how useful that would be.
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