if you've ever been charged for pot possession or had your name taken by police as one of them trouble-makin' student protestors, you can probably forget about joining Toronto's police services.
An officer at the Toronto Police job fair held at HQ last week informs NOW that all criminal charges must be pardoned before a potential cop can join. As for protestors whose names have been entered into the police database, the officer says that in itself wouldn't count against a candidate, but the police do consider character, habits and behaviour before making a job offer. The officer notes that anyone whose name was taken is likely to have "made trouble" beyond a peaceful protest.
The $288.90 police application fee includes written and physical tests as well as a video "police scenario" simulation and a one-hour psychological evaluation. The police also conduct a "detailed examination of the candidate's past and present behaviours."
Besides consideration of "employment, character and school-related history, interviews may also be conducted with the candidate's neighbours." So play nice with your neighbours and turn down the stereo if you want the badge and gun.