Six Nations Police Constable Criteria & Hiring Process
From time to time, a position is posted for Six Nations Police Constables. In order to apply, you must be at least 19 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Any previous policing-related experience is an asset as well as any related courses taken such as Law & Security. Equal consideration is given regardless of gender and Six Nations band members are given preference.
You must provide all the following documentation in the application process:
-Completed application form
-Educational documents including a copy of a secondary diploma or a copy of a secondary school transcript or equivalency certificate
-Copies of diplomas, certificates for post-secondary courses, degrees, etc.
-Letter of reference from police officers (optional references)
-Police Information Check
-Initial Medical Examination Form & Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire
-Pre-employment Investigation Consent
-Doctor’s Certificate as proof of good physical & mental health
All documentation must meet the criteria. Information obtained on a Police Information Check may result in delay or denial to process an application (i.e. criminal charges, outstanding court or police actions). Applicants then undergo a screening process.
There are a number of stages after suitable applications are screen and chosen. All applications must pass a fitness test carried out by qualified accredited fitness instructor utilizing the Ontario Police Fitness Award Certification procedures. Those that pass the fitness test move on to the interview process in which they are brought before a committee and asked a series of questions. Applicants selected as a result of the interview stage then must pass a second medical examination. The results of the second physical assists in determining the overall successful candidate.
Six Nations Police Services sends the successful candidate to the Ontario Police College to receive training. They must achieve certification to continue on as a Six Nations Police Service uniform member. Constables are then placed on a probationary period and assigned a coach officer who provides on the job training for several months. After months of training, the Chief of Police makes the final determination as to whether the probationary Constable gains permanent employment based upon job performance and other factors.
Use of Force
Officers may be required in the course of their duties, to use force to protect the public and themselves. While the criminal code grants police this authority, officers are also accountable to use the appropriate level of force necessary.
All sworn officers must submit a “Use of Force” report in the following situations:
1. Firearm is drawn in public;
2. Firearm is discharged (other than training);
3.Impact weapon, other than firearm is used on an individual;
4.Aerosol weapon (OC spray) is used on an individual
5.A Conducted Energy Weapon (C.E.W. – Taser) is utilized in the arrest of a subject.
6. Empty hand techniques are used on an individual and results in an injury requiring medical attention.
There were 11 such reports submitted 2015;
1. Firearm discharged to destroy an animal – 8 reports. All of these were situation where officers had to destroy dogs that were injured and suffering.
2. Firearm drawn to affect an arrest and to protect officers and/or the public – 1 report. This report involved the arrest of a man who had pointed a rifle at two officers.
3. C.E.W. drawn to affect an arrest – 2 reports. In both instances officers deployed their C.E.W. to gain compliance and affect an arrest; the weapons were drawn but not fired and no one was hurt.
Use of Force Training
Annual Use of Force and firearms training is mandatory for all sworn officers. In 2015 all officers were successful in re-qualifying.
Use of Force and firearms re-qualification is conducted by Six Nations Police Officers Acting Staff Sergeant Tim Bomberry and Detective Constable Bob Henry. Both of these officers are certified to provide re-qualification training anywhere in the province.
Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO’s)
SOCO’s are a group of front line officers specifically trained in the collection of evidence and photography.
While SOCO’s are not fully trained forensic identification officers, they are trained to provide a primary response at most minor crime scenes. This response would include fingerprinting, photography and gathering physical evidence, which includes blood, hair and footprint evidence.
At serious crime scenes, the Six Nations Police Service call in the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Forensic Ident Unit.
R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checks are one of the strategies the Six Nations Police Service employs during long weekends, the holiday season and at special events to help keep our community roadway safe.
In 2016 more than 2,000 vehicles passed through these R.I.D.E. checks. It was encouraging to see that these checks resulted in only two (2) impaired driving charges.
R.I.D.E. checks are an effective enforcement too. They also serve as a public education strategy. This is evident by the number of vehicles being driving by designated drivers.
Drivers might want to think twice about picking up that smart phone while they’re behind the wheel.
Fines and penalties have been increased for drivers who text, email, or use a handheld phone. Under new legislation, fines have jumped considerably. There is a significant increase from the previous fines.
Use of handheld electronic devices while driving has been against the law since 2009, with the exception of emergency calls to 9-1-1.
Surveys have been conducted and a number of recent studies revealed that distracted drivers are four times more likely to be in an accident.
Criminal Investigations Unit
The Criminal Investigations Unit is responsible for investigating major criminal cases. These include the more serious, complex or multi-jurisdictional cases.
This unit employs the province’s Major Case Management System. This system is a case management methodology that emphasizes accountability and multi-disciplinary approach to investigations of defined major offences. With the associated software it assists in ensuring that major case investigations are focused, methodically controlled and audited throughout the life of the investigation.
The officers assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit have required investigative experience. They are also required to successfully complete specializing training that includes;
-General Investigations Techniques
-Investigative Offences Against Children
-Investigative Interviewing Techniques
-Major Case Management
-Sexual Assault Investigations
Offices assigned to this unit must have the knowledge, skills and abilities to gather evidence, take witness statements, interview witnesses and suspects, write search warrants and manage case loads with little supervision.
Not every occurrence is considered a major case but still requires a thorough investigation. To that end our Criminal Investigators routinely assist our front-line officers with the investigation of major vehicle accidents, sexual related offences, domestic violence, assaults, robberies and drug offences.