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Qualifications to be a Police Officer
Nov 02, 2004 13:40 ETBack | Print Article
I have always wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement and have been a resident of Whitby for 20 years now having moved here with my parents when I was 8 years old. After doing some research, it appears the only hurdle I am not able to overcome is the eyesight requirement. I wear corrective contact lenses, and have better than 20/20 vision with them in my eyes. The problem I have is that without them, my sight does not meet the minimum requirements (I believe 20/40 is the minimum). I am not entirely sure why there is discrimination against people who need corrective eyewear in order to maintain perfect vision. I do agree that there need to be some standards, however I don't agree that it is fair to discriminate against new applicants when there are members of the existing force who have the same prescription as I do for contacts, yet they are permitted to work as a police officer because they were lucky enough to get hired prior to their eye sight deteriorating. Is there any way around this discriminatory "rule"?

From Applicant Testing Services: The guidelines have been set by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. (MCSCS). As a police service we must follow the guidelines set out for us. With regards to vision standards; based on the Ministry's research and analysis, there is a deterioration coefficient that has been deemed appropriate for someone to sufficiently operate as a front line officer for the duration of their career. If you would like further information on the matter, please contact the Ministry directly at:

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
18th Floor
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1Y6
(416) 326-5010