BC Corrections Hiring Process

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Re: BC Corrections

Postby ygu31 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:57 pm

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We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Congrats for passing COPAT, one step closer to the shinning badge :-). My friend just received his BC badge a few days ago and it looks much nicer compared to my badge.

I think the interview is your next step if the pandemic doesn't change the application process that much. From what I recall, your previous work experience and volunteer experience will make this interview really easy to you.

I think you may have already known this, but just in case if you haven't: Simply using the S.T.A.R model to answer the scenario based interview questions (slightly different from the "what if" type questions like a few other law enforcement agencies' interviews) and you will do an outstanding job on the interview. P.S: the job ads is the key to all the interview questions.

Looking forward to hearing your good news, and good luck.
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Re: BC Corrections

Postby ikong0621 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am

noanykey wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm
We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Good job, did they give out the second try if people failed or just one try for this time? And which center you want to go the most? They don't do cross-center training anymore because of COVID, and continue with your physical training, you will need it for the COVID style force options training later on.
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Postby ikong0621 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:30 am

ygu31 wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:57 pm
noanykey wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm
We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Congrats for passing COPAT, one step closer to the shinning badge :-). My friend just received his BC badge a few days ago and it looks much nicer compared to my badge.

I think the interview is your next step if the pandemic doesn't change the application process that much. From what I recall, your previous work experience and volunteer experience will make this interview really easy to you.

I think you may have already known this, but just in case if you haven't: Simply using the S.T.A.R model to answer the scenario based interview questions (slightly different from the "what if" type questions like a few other law enforcement agencies' interviews) and you will do an outstanding job on the interview. P.S: the job ads is the key to all the interview questions.

Looking forward to hearing your good news, and good luck.
Adding on to this, you will submit your security questionnaire package first before attending the interview. And even though the "R" for the S.T.A.R. stands for "result", they are really looking for the result and the follow-up action that you took. A lot of people forgot to follow up on whatever you had to do.
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Re: BC Corrections

Postby noanykey » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:53 am

ikong0621 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am
noanykey wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm
We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Good job, did they give out the second try if people failed or just one try for this time? And which center you want to go the most? They don't do cross-center training anymore because of COVID, and continue with your physical training, you will need it for the COVID style force options training later on.
My group there was 3 people, 2 of us passed the last guy ran out of steam so I think it was just a matter of no point in doing a second. Previous slot, there was a guy that I talked to that passed on second attempt.
Yeah, I'm taking a break for a few days.. eating garbage then back to the 5km jogs once this atrocious weather lifts.
I did focus on my STARR approach while doing the interview for CSC, so I'd like to think I'm ready for the interview. I really hope it's the same 2 that ran my COPAT, I can't say enough of how wonderful they were.
What kind of questions should I expect or is that straying into non disclosure?
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Postby ikong0621 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:30 pm

noanykey wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:53 am
ikong0621 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am
noanykey wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm
We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Good job, did they give out the second try if people failed or just one try for this time? And which center you want to go the most? They don't do cross-center training anymore because of COVID, and continue with your physical training, you will need it for the COVID style force options training later on.
My group there was 3 people, 2 of us passed the last guy ran out of steam so I think it was just a matter of no point in doing a second. Previous slot, there was a guy that I talked to that passed on second attempt.
Yeah, I'm taking a break for a few days.. eating garbage then back to the 5km jogs once this atrocious weather lifts.
I did focus on my STARR approach while doing the interview for CSC, so I'd like to think I'm ready for the interview. I really hope it's the same 2 that ran my COPAT, I can't say enough of how wonderful they were.
What kind of questions should I expect or is that straying into non disclosure?
For the interview questions, they are all competencies-based questions, and they will let you know once you are confirmed for the interview. And last but not least, the most basic one, why corrections?
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Re: BC Corrections

Postby noanykey » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:44 pm

Ohhhhh boy do I have an answer for THAT one.

I've been studying the job profile trying to find what questions I may be asked on.. But yea, I am excited for the interview..
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Re: BC Corrections

Postby ygu31 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:15 pm

ikong0621 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am
noanykey wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:33 pm
We ran our COPAT's this week. I did pretty good. From what I heard from the previous slot, many failed.
The COPAT is no joke. People reading this in the process about to do their COPAT's take it seriously and specifically train for it. Run/Sprint/Burpees/Situps.. Lots and lots and lots. You don't have to be a fitness genius to run it. I was the most out of shape candidate there but because I specifically trained for it. I did really well. Many people see the course and think it's easy, then get to the push/pull and realize that it's not easy... then STILL have to do the vaulting..
It's a pass/fail exam. It's the worst 2:50 of your life but it's also an important 2:50.

I had a blast though and the recruiters were extremely helpful about showing the course and answering every single question anyone had, plus they gave us a long time to warm up and experiment with the course. They were great and I am excited to go to the next steps.
Good job, did they give out the second try if people failed or just one try for this time? And which center you want to go the most? They don't do cross-center training anymore because of COVID, and continue with your physical training, you will need it for the COVID style force options training later on.
Hi, Ikong0621, how’s your day in BC correction? my FRCC buddy (also started on June 22nd) loves it. It is a great career.

Quick question: it is just my curiosity about the reference: did your reference received a reference call after the emailed reference questionnaire?

My FRCC friend used me as his reference (I was his volunteer coordinator previously), and I received a reference questionnaire via email during his application process. I was also advised by email that a 20 minutes reference call WILL be conducted in a later day which I was expecting. In the end, they sent my friends to training depot directly without conducting a telephone reference check, which is a surprise, but apparently a happy surprise for sure :-)

I just wondered if your reference person only did reference questionnaire via email or he did both questionnaire AND telephone reference for you?

Thanks a bunch in advanced for your reply. it is not something important but just my curiosity. I have another two applicants in the process using me as their reference, just wonder if I should expect the phone call this time or just finish the questionnaire and sent them back to recruiters via email.

Respectfully,
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Re: BC Corrections

Postby redemptionmaster » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:50 pm

Is there lots of Overtime available in BC Corrections? My bride to be is near the end and was curious to know how much Overtime is available to pay our wedding, get a condo, and enjoy a nice comfortable life ahah.

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Postby ygu31 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:29 pm

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Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:50 pm
Is there lots of Overtime available in BC Corrections? My bride to be is near the end and was curious to know how much Overtime is available to pay our wedding, get a condo, and enjoy a nice comfortable life ahah.
At this time, Not many OT. But OT will eventually increase in near future (will explain later).

I just confirmed that with one officer from FRCC.

According to what he told me, many provincial institutions released (grant probation) around 70% of the inmates population. eg. an unit with 60 bunks currently only host 12 inmates. Less inmates means less possibility of medical escort, less medical escort means less OT (each and every medical escort creates 4 twelve hours OT positions). For instance, you will see 9 spares/floating officers in one shift, which is something we never seen prior to the pandemic.

But this is just a temporary thing and OT will eventually increase along with inmates population increase. Moreover, when flu season comes within a month, some officers may caught NORMAL flu, but the symptom will be similar to COVID and they will be ordered to stay home quarantine for 14 days, that will create openings for OT. But the inmate population will still be the number 1 factors impact to BC provincial overtime amount.

B.T.W: congrats for your upcoming wedding :-)
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Postby Canucks2142 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:50 pm

Hi all. I am currently in the process like some of you for BC corrections. I have my CVSA interview coming up on September 30 at FRCC. I was just wondering what to expect for the medical and how the training is going to look for me with COVID happening if any of you have been thorugh training during this time. Thanks in advance guys!

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Re: BC Corrections

Postby noanykey » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:56 pm

ikong0621 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:30 pm
noanykey wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:53 am
ikong0621 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am


Good job, did they give out the second try if people failed or just one try for this time? And which center you want to go the most? They don't do cross-center training anymore because of COVID, and continue with your physical training, you will need it for the COVID style force options training later on.
My group there was 3 people, 2 of us passed the last guy ran out of steam so I think it was just a matter of no point in doing a second. Previous slot, there was a guy that I talked to that passed on second attempt.
Yeah, I'm taking a break for a few days.. eating garbage then back to the 5km jogs once this atrocious weather lifts.
I did focus on my STARR approach while doing the interview for CSC, so I'd like to think I'm ready for the interview. I really hope it's the same 2 that ran my COPAT, I can't say enough of how wonderful they were.
What kind of questions should I expect or is that straying into non disclosure?
For the interview questions, they are all competencies-based questions, and they will let you know once you are confirmed for the interview. And last but not least, the most basic one, why corrections?

Thanks for the competencies response, I just found that on the job profile. That's awesome!
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Postby MT1997 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:12 pm

I have a couple questions regarding BC Corrections. I appolagize if they have been answered. I'm curious how the 4 on 4 off shift work works exactly as far as hours per day etc. My second question is when will you officially become a peace officer? Will it be at the conclusion of the initial training or will it be when you graduate from SO to CO? Thank you all for any insight you are able to give and sorry if these questions are redundant.

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Postby ikong0621 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:04 pm

MT1997 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:12 pm
I have a couple questions regarding BC Corrections. I appolagize if they have been answered. I'm curious how the 4 on 4 off shift work works exactly as far as hours per day etc. My second question is when will you officially become a peace officer? Will it be at the conclusion of the initial training or will it be when you graduate from SO to CO? Thank you all for any insight you are able to give and sorry if these questions are redundant.
For the 4 on 4 off pattern, you are looking at a block of longs (12 hours) and then a block of shorts (8 hours) and then rotating back. For the long block, it contains two 0630-1830 shifts and two 1830-0630 shifts. As for the short block, you will get four 0630-1430 shift and then four 1430-2230 shifts next time and keep rotating. Hopefully it is not confusing. After you graduate, you will be put on 4 on 2 first , which is a block of 0630-1430 following by two days off, and then a block of 1430-2230 and keep rotating. You will usually be on 4 on 4 after you are put into a "group", which can be a month to a couple months wait.

You will be sworn in as a peace officer when you graduate from the initial training, because you need the title and powers to carry out your duties (aka doing your job lol), as technically you do not have any power of a peace officer unless you are officially sworn in.

And then after you graduate as an SO, you will have to do a set of 6-months courses, and a set of 18-months courses, plus working for 18 months, to be promoted to an CO. However, you can still tell people you are a correctional officer as an SO, it is only a matter of ranking.
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Postby ikong0621 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:21 pm

Canucks2142 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:50 pm
Hi all. I am currently in the process like some of you for BC corrections. I have my CVSA interview coming up on September 30 at FRCC. I was just wondering what to expect for the medical and how the training is going to look for me with COVID happening if any of you have been thorugh training during this time. Thanks in advance guys!
For the medical, there is really nothing to expect and worry but to be honest and really tell the OCH doctor if there is anything wrong with your body. As for the training, there is no cross-centre training anymore due to COVID, and your force option training will be A LOT harder than pre-COVID time lol
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