What is a Developmental Competency Interview (DCI)?
The DCI is the first of three interviews that applicants must pass. The interview is a one-on-one interview with the recruiter, which typically lasts 1-1.5 hours. This one-on-one behavioural based interview assesses whether or not you have the potential to learn the traits and abilities needed to join the Service as a police constable. Candidates who successfully complete the DCI, will be asked to stay and complete two written psychological tests. The candidate will complete the local focus interview at this time as well.
What are the Developmental Competencies?
Click here to learn about what specific traits and abilities we are looking for in our police officers. Developmental Competencies.pdf
What is behavioral based interviewing?
Behavioural-based interviewing explores your actions in various situations. You will be asked to choose situations where you displayed particular types of behaviour, and to describe your thoughts and feelings during these events. These events should be related to work, school, or the community, and must have happened within the last two years. There should be no mention of any personal information which may lead to bias under the Ontario Human Rights Code (e.g. issues related to prohibited grounds for discrimination like marital status, sexual orientation, race, country of birth etc.)
How long is the DCI valid?
The DCI is valid for as long as your application is on file.
When can I re-interview the DCI?
If you are unsuccessful with the DCI, you can re-apply after a one-year waiting period.
How can I prepare for the DCI?
Please contact our Recruiters for a mentoring session:
Cst. Marcine Blake: 905-546-4855
Cst. Sheri Nelson: 905-546-8918