WA Police Force Testing

Recruits for the Western Australian Police Force are required to undergo a fitness assessment as part of the recruitment process. Below is some information about the fitness requirements and standards. This information is presented for discussion and may be out of date - for the latest information see official sources.

Current Assessment Tests

Previously there are no continuing fitness tests once officers have graduated from the WA Police Academy. From January 2015 a new fitness test will be mandatory for all operational officers

The test is based on the tests used by police in Canada, Queensland and Victoria. The course starts with a 200m "foot chase" - 4 laps of an obstacle course (assessing agility and ability to climb a 1.5m fence, jump knee-high hurdles, clear a 1.5m ditch and run up stairs). The participants must then "take down" a 40kg weigh, handcuff a dummy and carry a 35kg load. There will be no time limit for the first year of testing, though officers will have to complete the course without stopping.

Officers who failed the test the first time would be given fitness, strength or nutritional guidance to improve and retested three months later.

Past Assessments

(The following information was retrieved 10 Jan 2010 from the Perth Sunday Times)

Recruits for the WA Police Force must perform a wide range of fitness tests, including for those under 30 years achieving 10.1 (men) or 7.1 (women) in the beep test.

Once they are in the academy, there is intense physical training. One test that must be completed is an obstacle course which involves sprints, climbing walls, balance beams and weights, to be completed in under 3 min and 20 seconds.

There were no continuing fitness tests once officers graduated from the WA Police Academy.

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