GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constable)

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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby DonutMan » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:22 am

Can anyone comment on the exam for future reference?

Is it related to the role or is it more like a numerical & abstract reasoning exam combined with English language testing?

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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby devilwoman » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:48 pm

Without giving away any particulars, I would say that the exam would be job knowledge related. IE Criminal Code, POA, etc.

Put yourself in the role and think about what sort of offences the officers would deal with regularly......assault, indecent act, theft, mischief, trespassing, etc.. Know 494 and 495. Most special constable services hire people with education in the field or with experience, unlike police services that hire from a variety of career paths, so they need to ensure that, before going in, the candidate has the ability to understand laws and apply them. OPC is 3 months of 8 hours a day, immersed in C.C., POA, U of F, etc, where special constable services have to smoosh those core studies into a shorter time period, alongside agency specific knowledge (IE Fare systems/enforcement - transit, geographical orientation/residence code/student code/etc - campus).
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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby DonutMan » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:09 pm

devilwoman wrote:Without giving away any particulars, I would say that the exam would be job knowledge related. IE Criminal Code, POA, etc.

Put yourself in the role and think about what sort of offences the officers would deal with regularly......assault, indecent act, theft, mischief, trespassing, etc.. Know 494 and 495. Most special constable services hire people with education in the field or with experience, unlike police services that hire from a variety of career paths, so they need to ensure that, before going in, the candidate has the ability to understand laws and apply them. OPC is 3 months of 8 hours a day, immersed in C.C., POA, U of F, etc, where special constable services have to smoosh those core studies into a shorter time period, alongside agency specific knowledge (IE Fare systems/enforcement - transit, geographical orientation/residence code/student code/etc - campus).


Thanks a lot, you're very helpful. Have jotted down everything you have said for future reference in general, not specifically for this role.
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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby A.T.R. » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:27 pm

Good luck. Fingers crossed.
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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby J.M.C. » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:50 pm

Hey all,

I'm currently in the last few stages with references being called.

I'm just wondering what the next stages will be in the process??

Also, the training, how long is it? Where abouts? Is it like OPC and corrections where you pay for accommodations or commute every day?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: GO / Metrolinx Transit Safety Officers (Special Constabl

Postby devilwoman » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:29 am

GO has a new HQ in downtown, most likely where you did your interviews and testing, where much of the training will be cantered. Previously, it would be varied amongst its Mississauga, Oshawa and Union facilities. You will probably still have to go out to a train yard for rail safety, which is in the west end.

If hired on, your first day you will receive your "B" pass, which will allow you to ride on the trains and buses for free. So commuting won't cost you anything. If you travel elsewhere for training, mileage is reimbursed.

Training is approximately 3 months, which includes; CC, TPA, LLA, SSA, CDSA, YCJA and Metrolinx Bylaw No. 2. Training in Presto, internal P and P, U of F (which includes scenario training on buses and trains) and your time with a coach officer.

The hiring process was: Written testing, 3 interviews, psych at OPP in Orillia, background, then conditional job offer. I can't remember if the 3rd interview (with the Director and a senior mgr) took place after background or not, but if they didn't feel you were a good fit, you were punted.
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