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EPS hiring more new and experienced officers in 2023

February 10, 2023  By Blue Line Staff / Edmonton Police Service

Feb. 10, 2023, Edmonton, Alta. – With the graduation of the first recruit training class of 2023, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is announcing plans to hire more new and experienced officers to meet current demands.

“This year we’re scheduled to hire 120 new recruits for three training classes and seeking up to 20 Canadian officers for two separate experienced officer classes,” says Staff Sgt. Leanne Kilb with the EPS Recruiting Section.  “With police officers reaching retirement, we need to maintain coverage.”

Through the pandemic, EPS saw a slight drop in applicants and is currently looking to offset those numbers by increasing class sizes this year and into the foreseeable future. The goal is to continue to ensure the levels of service that citizens expect.

EPS has simplified their application process and provides free information, resources and mentoring needed for individuals interested in becoming police officers. These include weekly information sessions, Women in Policing events, the Mentoring Academy program and the popular Run with Recruiters fitness program.


New candidates can expect a two-to-four-month application process, and those from different cities and provinces can complete parts of the process remotely. When hired, they proceed into a 27-week training program. New recruits enjoy paid training, competitive wages, medical benefits, and two weeks paid vacation in the first year.

Experienced officers benefit from a more condensed application process, with an accelerated training format of around five weeks. When hired, experienced officers enjoy a $5,000 relocation bonus, condensed training, and salary/vacation adjustments for previous years of service.

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