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Become a Transit Special Constable

With competitive salaries, pension, paid vacation, extended health coverage and room for advancement, starting a career as a Transit Special Constable is your opportunity to make a difference.

The application process for Transit Special Constable involves several stages and can take several months to complete. This is a highly competitive process and applications are continually assessed.

Recruitment Process Overview, as described below.


Transit Safety Officer

Information about the Position:

Transit Special Constables are responsible for the overall safety and enforcement of persons and property on the Metrolinx transit network. Duties include but aren’t limited to:

  • Ensuring consistent and non-discriminatory enforcement of federal and provincial statutes including Metrolinx bylaws pertaining to the general conduct of patrons. Officers may issue appearance notices, summonses or offence notices to individuals for non-compliance. Executes warrants and transports prisoners when appropriate.
  • Providing assistance and protection for Metrolinx patrons and their property, employees and agency assets.
  • Promoting and maintaining excellent customer relations.
  • Responding to trespasser calls on railway right of ways, which includes attending and managing rail fatalities
  • Responding to calls for emotionally disturbed persons and apprehending such persons under the Mental Health Act, when appropriate.
  • Responding to passenger assist alarms on moving equipment as well as station/facility alarms and performs such duties as crowd control, searching of Metrolinx premises, protecting site or evidence, obtaining statements from witnesses, providing first aid and/or assistance to passengers, employees and emergency services.
  • Maintaining operating protocol with railway and regional police services within all jurisdictions serviced by Metrolinx; and maintaining the public peace by maintaining crowds, passengers within the Metrolinx transit network.

Recruitment Process:

Information Session

If you’re interested in an exciting career as a Transit Special Constable and want to learn more about the role and recruitment process you may contact the recruit department for the next available information session. To contact our recruit department, email TS.Recruitment@Metrolinx.com or connect with us on Twitter @GOtransitSSD

Applicant Eligibility

To be considered, an applicant must be qualified and be able to meet standard during training.

  • Knowledge of law enforcement principles and practices normally attained through completion of a two (2) year community college program in law enforcement and/or equivalent law enforcement experience.
  • Minimum six (6) months' experience directly involving law enforcement activities with exposure to police and court services.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal and provincial statutes.
  • Experience in customer service and/or previous or current commitment to community involvement would be considered an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Bilingual abilities would be considered an asset.
  • Ability to make independent decisions in the field under potentially harmful and stressful conditions.
  • Possess a valid Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Certificate of Results (COR) for Police Constable or a valid Special Constable Certificate of Results, obtained through the Applicant Testing Systems (ATS)
  • Possess a valid Ontario class "G" driver’s license with no more than 4 demerit points permitting you to drive an automobile in Ontario with full driving privileges.
  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process as required. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.
Basic Training Standards
  • Must be able to pass an Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P) security clearance as well as a background investigation (which includes education, employment, and personal history, credit and reference checks) for the purpose of obtaining Special Constable Status, and to access the C.P.I.C and P.A.R.I.S information systems and uphold the Special Constable Code of Conduct.
  • Must be able to pass the Basic Special Constable Recruitment training program.
  • Must be able to obtain: Metrolinx Equipment Operator’s Permit, Standard First-Aid Level C, environmental safety training and any other training required by agency policy.
  • Must be able to pass Use of Force and scenario based training.
  • Must be able to successfully complete field training with a Coach Officer.
Job Application

In order to be considered for a Special Constable position, all candidates MUST apply online (when a vacancy is posted).

Application packages must include the following:

  1. Cover letter and a detailed resume outlining your qualification for the position.
  2. Valid ATS OACP Certificate of Results and or retesting dates if any components are expiring/expired.

** The ATS OACP Certificate of Results must be kept valid throughout the hiring process.
Candidates who do not possess a valid ATS OACP Certificate of Results will not be eligible for consideration.
Dates for testing can be found on: www.applicanttesting.com


There are various forms of testing that occur throughout the process for the Transit Safety Officer / Special Constable position.

The first test you will be asked to write is a technical test that will assess the skills outlined in the position posting. A passing mark must be achieved in order to move forward to the next stage.

1st Level Interview

During the 1st level interview, you will meet with members of the Transit Safety recruiting team as well as a Human Resources representative. During this interview, you will be asked a series of questions that will ultimately be scored.

A passing mark must be achieved first in order to move forward to the next stage.

Background Interview

During this interview, candidates will be required to disclose information as it relates to their background as mandated by the OPP.

Background investigation includes:

  • Security inquiries (Criminal and non-criminal background checks)
  • Driving history checks
  • Financial inquiries
  • Employment, character and school reference checks

Candidates must pass this phase in order to move forward to the next step.

Psychological Assessment

Candidates who have successfully completed the first level interview will be required to undergo a psychological assessment. A pass must be achieved in the psychological assessment phase to move forward.

Final Interview

Candidates will be requested to meet with Senior Commanding Officers as part of a 2nd level, and final, interview.

Offer and Training

All offers made to candidates are conditional upon meeting the training requirements and the ability to obtain Special Constable Status with the OPP.

Training for a Special Constable position involves approximately 3 months of in-class training and 3 months of field training with a Coach Officer. Field training may be extended or ended based on the evaluation of the candidate by their Coach Officer.

Once training is completed Officers will be deployed to their patrol regions based on the divisional vacancy selection process.