The RCMP Wants To Change Up Its 'Outdated' Entrance Exams & Get More People To Apply

It's part of their modernization efforts.

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Toronto Associate Editor

The RCMP is looking for a contractor to update its "outdated" entrance exams to bring on more people to join their forces .

A tender posted by the police force earlier this week says a thorough review of "these processes has determined that despite significant changes made to the process and tools over the past decade, systemic challenges remain."

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Everyone who wants to become a Mountie has to first successfully complete the RCMP Police Aptitude Battery (RPAB) which is made up of two different exams: one to evaluate a candidate's personality, and the other to determine if a candidate has the seven skills that "are considered essential in executing the duties of a general police officer." The second exam is known as the RCMP Police Aptitude Test (RPAT).

After a gender-based review of the RPAT, three barriers were identified. It concluded the test "potentially favours one group over another" and demonstrated "inherent cultural biases that suggest the existing choice of vocabulary and situations are outdated."

The RCMP noted in the tender that with a recent decline of people applying, it can no longer afford to "deter applicants or exclude high-potential candidates based on outdated criteria, tools, and techniques."

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor