I was so happy to find this forum during my searches online about the RCMP recruitment process, as I am currently quite deep in the process myself. I actually just finished my polygraph examination yesterday afternoon, and I think it went relitivly well. It is so nice to have a forum like this, since it has been my experience that because of the confidentiality issues associated with much of the process it can leave an applicant feeling quite alone during what we all know is a very long and involved journey.
Personally I have to say that contrary to what many on this site have experienced during their recruitment process mine has been very quick and efficiant. Frankly when all is said and done, no matter what the result, I have been very impressed with the way that the RCMP has handled my file. I wrote my RPAT on Feburary 26th, 2007 and I am already passed the polygraph phase, which is my opinion is an excellent recruitment speed for a career of this nature. As for the rest, I can only hope that it continues to go as smoothly.
One concern I do have about my personal situation, which is something I will address here since I see there are some actual RCMP members on this forum, deals with my polygraph examination yesterday. I was honest and straight forward, which is something I definatly recomend to those not yet at this stage as I found that these men who administer these tests are wizards! But there were some things in my past that I had to own up to that I am very ashamed of, and since I know that there is a risk of legal action as a result of information obtained from these examinations I am wondering what the chances are of this applying to my case? Specifically I had to own up to a theft that I committed just under 5 years ago, where the value of the item was just over $100. Not a big deal in terms of crime I know, but still a theft none the less and one that I am very ashamed to admit to. Now wether or not this will affect my recruitment I do not know, I hope not, but if this mistake costs my a chance for a career with the RCMP than that is my fault and although I will regret it for the rest of my life I know that it was my choice at the time and I am willing to accept that perhaps that choice cost me this career choice.
So basically my question is, if I am not to proceed through the process because of this, what does everyone think the chances are that this matter (the theft) would be forwarded on for as criminal matter for investigation? I know that a theft under $5000 can be either indictable or a summary offence, and maybe I am making a big worry out of nothing, but it is still bothing me.
Also I was curious about those who have already done the polygraph, how long it took you all to get word on your results?