More than 60 women showed up for a General Information Session (GIS) and practice PREP test organized by the recruiting unit at the Toronto Police College with an eye on becoming police officers.
The idea behind the GIS was to encourage women to apply to the Toronto Police Service as well as give them an idea of what it takes to be a civilian or uniformed member, said Recruiting Constable Joseph Lee.
“The women that attended were very excited, perhaps a bit overwhelmed,” said Constable Jeniffer Sidhu, who was there to help with the PREP test and answer questions about the application process.
Within the information session officers let participants know what is required when applying for a Service job, from background checks to credit checks, medical clearance, written and psychological tests as well as the time constraints involved in the job.
“Through the information session and PREP test a lot of women are able to determine whether policing is right for them or if they are more interested in civilian opportunities within the Service,” said Lee.
According to Sidhu, many women at the session were surprised by the many career opportunities the Service provides you as an officer.
Both constables said they would encourage more women to attend future sessions as it helps prepare them for the application process and they may have higher successes when applying in the future.